here and there

It’s good to be back home. Had a good flight, etc. Was my first time flying solo. Nothing interesting to follow from that (was a very normal and boring flight) but just a statement of realisation. Despite the turbulence around and over Brisbane, the actual landing was probably one of the smoothest I’ve had. Good work Virgin Blue (or Virgin Australia or whatever you’re calling yourselves now).

Not too much to report about my trip. Was mostly visiting family and eating a lot.

I did, however, get a chance to do quite a bit of driving in Melbourne because one of my uncles let me borrow his old car. Have possibly done more driving in this last week than I have in the preceding six months (? – trying to make a conservative estimate, since I’m not really sure how much driving I’ve actually done).

Not many differences between driving in Brisbane and Melbourne. I never drove into the City, so I didn’t get a chance to do a “hook turn” (pffft). Probably the main difference is sharing the road with trams and trying to not drive directly over the tram tracks.

Out of curiosity, I also visited a few pharmacies while in Melbourne – you know, just to see if there are any differences. I’d already been told that they don’t dispense/label S3 drugs, but I was kind of surprised to see practically all S2 drugs out in front shop where people can just randomly self-select. Then I thought that maybe they’d counsel when you go to pay, but I bought an S2 for my aunty and didn’t get asked/told anything. Also realised that the staff who operate the tills are probably mostly assistants, who don’t necessarily have formal pharmacy assistant training.

I’m probably biased, but I think the pharmacy system in Brisbane is better – although one of the Melbourne pharmacies I visited still had the S2s behind the counter. Some of the services on offer are also a bit different. I saw one place that offers ear-piercing, and another with a Tatts Lotto (selling lottery tickets, etc) actually inside the pharmacy. Also noticed one with a proper cafe in the pharmacy, but that’s not that weird, since I know one in Brisbane that sells coffee.

Could probably write a lot about and related to this, but would probably make this post too long and also bore a lot of people, so will leave it for now.

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