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Any Australians/NZ'rs ever been to the Museum of Old and New Art near Hobart, Tasmania? Article in magazine made it sound like something really special. What were your impressions?
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[User Picture]From: splodgenoodles
2013-01-22 03:05 am (UTC)

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No but dammit, I really want to go! (And apparently the owner is in financial difficulty, so plan your trip soon.)
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-22 04:05 am (UTC)

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Thanks for the tip. I was planning on waiting for reincarnation, actually ... 8-)
[User Picture]From: xxflyingsoulxx
2013-01-22 04:59 am (UTC)

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I'm not Australian, but I lived in Hobart for 2 months and went to MONA on a first date. It was definitely worth checking out! Really bizarre. I'm not extremely into art museums, but I found it fascinating. I think if you're a resident, you get in free.

They're finishing up MONA FOMA right now which apparently is an awesome event as well.

It's also really post-modern and it makes you think, to be really vague. There are some really sexual and violent pieces and it's impossible to understand/see it all in one afternoon.
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-22 05:27 am (UTC)

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Sounds like a great first date. Yeah, the article said that residents get free admission.
[User Picture]From: xxflyingsoulxx
2013-01-23 01:57 am (UTC)

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It was a great first date and i would recommend doing something like that with any first date because it was incredibly un-awkward. However, when we got down to our 2nd date and we had to sit and talk with each other for a few hours, I realized we weren't as compatible as I thought :)

Are you Tasmanian?
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-23 02:14 am (UTC)

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No, I am from NYC, but I was really impressed by the description of the museum in a recent New Yorker magazine article. I will have to wait for my reincarnation as a rich person to fulfill any desire I might have to travel to Tasmania for an in person visit.

Sorry about your second date. Such is life, sometimes, I guess.
[User Picture]From: xxflyingsoulxx
2013-01-23 02:36 am (UTC)

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Oh okay! Tasmania is kind of my favorite place on Earth atm, so I highly recommend it if you are ever able to find the money and time/friends with extra cash to spare haha?
this may not be in your price range, but
byojetair.com.au got me home to Florida cheaper than other airline websites. Also, i dont know how much it is from NYC, but you can fly out of Portland or Vancouver, Canada really cheap to Australia on aircanada.

If the airline price isn't your only concern, there are some cheap hostels in Hobart. Sadly, the food is really expensive in Australia, but for good reason. I hope you somehow manage to make it out there!

And yeah no worries. It was a good experience. The 2nd date that I realized this guy and I weren't meant for each other, I realized another guy I also had a recent 1st date with was way perfect for me, so I ended up "running into him" later on that same night and we got togther :)

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[User Picture]From: xxflyingsoulxx
2013-01-23 02:43 am (UTC)

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Also that being said, if you ever do find yourself with the money to get out there, i wouldn't fly ALL the way out there just for MONA if that was your plan. If, however, you're into wilderness/natural parks or just really want to see Australia, then definitely go for it. It's not a cultural mecca though, and MONA is by far the most artistic thing going for it.