Driving, coffee and a comedy festival! / by Jessica Lee

Today's photos are all going to be black and white!

Because everyone needs a little excitement in their lives...

And it's always good to try new things as long as you're not harming anyone or yourself.

Or so I was taught...

Today started off slow with us leaving the house at around 2 pm.

Tom and Scott (the other housemate) had some script writing to do (they are filmmakers) so I sat around and played some guitar, did a bit of reading and did a little writing.

And then I was bored out of my mind sitting around waiting for them to finish so I grabbed the car keys.

(This is what I was talking about when I mentioned excitement in people's lives)

It was the first time I had driven an Australian car where the driver is on the right side of the car and the roads are on the left side.

It's completely opposite back in North America.

I think I did pretty well. We didn't crash into everything and everyone is still in one piece.

This is Lachlan and Scott in the backseat of the car.

What can I say? They are just anxious people.

After driving around the neighbourhood for a while (I drove through roundabouts!), Tom took over again and we went to the city.

We headed to a cafe called Pellegrini's, which was recommended by two guidebooks (Lonely Planet and Rough Guides).

I was a little disappointed.

The food was just average.

Don't get me wrong, the food (I had lasagna and a mocha) tasted great, but it wasn't worthy of being mentioned in both books.

It seemed like to me one guidebook author just copied the other. There was just too much hype for a regular mom and pop store.

Back in Toronto, we have so many options comparable or even better than the cafe we were at.

From this day forward, I am going to rely less on guidebooks and more on my own intuition.

And maybe more on Urbanspoon.

But then again, I like to discover indie cafes for a less-crowded atmosphere where I can read in silence.

I wonder if all these people are locals who actually enjoy this place or just tourists fooled by the guidebooks.

After fuelling up with carbs, we headed to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

It was great for laughs, but not spectacular until...

Tom got picked by the comedian to be a part of the show!

We were all so proud of him (and also laughing our heads off).

Here he is second from the left doing a disco dance:

I have always wondered how performers decide how to pick people from the crowd to be volunteers.

Tom says they pick the good looking ones but now that I think about it, I think they just pick the ones who are silly enough to allow a performer to order them around to do ridiculous things with people laughing at them.

(Of course I am just kidding Tom. I think you are really cool. Please drive me to the zoo tomorrow! Yes they definitely pick the good looking ones!)

Since he was feeling good about himself, for dinner, Tom made me Australian "tea". That is what they call dinner in Australia according to him.

We had Kangaroo meat, a balsamic salad with feta cheese and also Australian beer. It was a pretty good end to the day.