One perk of hostel life in the CBD of any city is that the moment you stumble through the chaos of backpacker accommodation and out the front door, you are right in the heart of all the action. Here in Melbourne I am experiencing just that. Immediately after hitting the pavement I see the trams go by, the business people power-walking with their coffee in hand, the buskers, the police sirens, highrises towering above, the artists… everything good and bad about city living.
And in Melbourne in particular, the constant smell of great food around every corner is something I have welcomed with open arms. To say people are spoilt for choice when it comes to food here is an understatement. If like me you do not know the city well enough to make a revised decision, it means just jumping into a food joint and hoping for the best. I did this with a friend and it was very good leap of faith.
And this was a pretty cheap meal, AUD$12.50 each. This is just one needle in a giant haystack of eateries on offer and for this reason alone I am happy to be living here. Every place I go seems to have an establishment filled with people, from the main streets to the back alleys that although might not look too inviting on first glance, will have some guaranteed hidden treasures. One difference between Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne for me are these cool narrow streets of art and great cuisine that we have here, giving Melbourne a very unique feel. It’s exciting, and every walk feels like an adventure and it is actually fun to get a little lost.
And what better way to enjoy this other than having a job and an actual income? Today I had my first day at work after being transferred from Brisbane. I had a couple of interviews however one hotel offered full time work and this was the deciding factor. Today I walked with the concierge through the nearby streets and within probably one hundred meters already rattled off more places than I could remember. It was then that I realised I will need to do a lot of research as to what I should be recommending, and how much of an impossible task it will be just to scratch the surface and try many of these places myself. But I will do my best.
The cool weather helps too. Instead of focusing on drinking enough water, Melbourne’s weather is currently perfect for me. Fairly hot during the day and I can wear a jacket at night. A comfortable mix and the recent low clouds have glowed as they pass around the skyscraper lights. Another thing I learned today is that black swans exist. This guy was happy chilling with them. I thought it was just the name of a movie… not the case.
Australia again blows my mind with it’s animals. They’re probably venomous though.
The food is certainly what I am most excited about here. And my bank balance is my biggest fear. But it is all about the balance and I will actively try not to go crazy and actually save a little. If anything this will be a big test for me, if I can keep in shape here I can keep in shape anywhere. We will see if that happens.
I get a good vibe when I am walking through the streets. So far the crowds haven’t stressed me out and if I can live close enough to work without long commutes on crowded public transport, even better. But for me to get sick of this place will take a lot. There seems to be many more pros than cons and my aim is to tell you all about them as I discover.
More to come!
On another note, I took the featured image on Monday 18th, next to the State Library of Victoria in a square. The statue is of Sir Redmond Barry. I do not know what this protest was about (if it was one) and have had no luck finding out.
If anyone happens to be from Melbourne and know, I would greatly appreciate finding out what it was as it is bugging me. There were a few police kicking about but didn’t seem to be any tension or violence. I kept walking however as I look back I have started wondering.
Hopefully I will gain some answers!
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