Then, there are the trams. Our friend J related to us how he once tio kan by an irate tram driver for not stopping behind/beside a tram which had stopped to disembark passengers. So when these trams stop, traffic comes to a standstill as well. Overtaking the tram is no easy task because usually parking is allowed on the left lane, and the trams travel in the middle of the road on a shared lane with cars. Thankfully, the tram streets weren't jammed today. And tram passengers don't seem to take their time unlike public bus commuters in SG.
|Trams and overhead cables in downtown Melbourne. Shot during our honeymoon in 2009.|
Nevertheless, this level of jam is intolerable in the long run. Obviously we would not return to SG on account of such jams - it's still way better than in SG where you can find traffic jams at 10pm on weekends. But we will probably take some time to explore and evaluate whether Melbourne is the place we wish to settle permanently in Oz. At the end of the day, we have a ton of options in this very country, something which in itself presents a problem. Since no one has told us to stay out of Adelaide, we really should go and recce soon...
|The view from J's apartment. No complaints here.|