Family time in Melbourne

tours of MelbourneEvery once in awhile my parents decide that we are going to have some good old fashioned quality family time. I think they freak out that we all spend too much time on our phones and don’t really know each other to the point that I could be a serial killer and my sister could secretly be really into tennis or something like that. This time round they have decided it would be great if we all went sightseeing together. When I first heard this I thought, ok that’s not that bad at least we get a holiday out of it, but no I was wrong. When they say sightseeing they mean Melbourne sightseeing. We live in Melbourne! I tried telling them that going sightseeing in your own city isn’t really sightseeing but they argued that we take living here for granted and it would do us all some good to get out and experience the city’s splendours. Unlike them I don’t drive everywhere so I experience the city’s ‘splendours’ everyday via the bike lanes and tram lines thank you very much. Alas my arguments fell on deaf ears because next weekend we have all been booked onto not one but two tours in Melbourne. My main problem here isn’t actually with spending time together, I can, despite their beliefs, see the benefit in hanging out with family. My issue is with the chosen activity. I’d rather go for dinner with them, or go take a hike out in the country, I just didn’t see the point in being shown around your own city. I told them I could give them the same tour of Melbourne and they could pay me but again, deaf ears. Eventually just to shut me up they agreed we could go out for dinner and I could choose the tour if I didn’t complain about it anymore.