I was a Sydneysider up until 8 years ago, when I made the move to Melbourne. I remember the day distinctly, it was January 19, 2002 and I arrived here with one suitcase and no job. It was quite daunting at the time but I settled in soon enough (and found a job). Now fast forward to January 2010 and I am still here, married, with two kids…and no job! Haha. Well, not a PAID job, but as other Mums will know, looking after young children at home is no walk in the park.
Given I have 8 years of Melbourne living under my belt, does that qualify me as a ‘Melbournite’ I wonder? Although Sydney is where I grew up and there are so many special places there, Melbourne certainly feels like home now. Let’s not compare the cities, as Sydney is a great city in it’s own right, and very different. So let me just count the ways I love Melbourne….
I love that my suburb (Sandringham) is by the bay, but still has a small, village feel. I love Melbourne’s understated, classic style…I love the weather late Summer through early Autumn (Grand Prix time)…I love the Queen Victoria and South Melbourne markets…that I can walk to Brighton Beach, or St Kilda, or into the city if I chose, and it is flat the whole way! I love the architecture, especially Middle Park & Albert Park. The coffee is the best in Australia, hands down. I love the locals…it’s still fast paced enough to ‘qualify’ as a major city, but people are more open, friendly and happy to have a chat. I love St Kilda on a balmy summer evening…or wintry night for that matter. THE FOOD (Melbourne’s food deserves a separate post). The laneways. The cyclists. Melbourne men (married one after all). The utes. Melbourne’s pubs & restuarants with open fires in winter. The cafes (did I mention the coffee?). The Botanical Gardens & its magical children’s garden. Wandering over from the Botanical Gardens into beautiful South Yarra. Some of the best wineries and produce regions less than 2 hours from the city.
So thank you to Melbourne and the people I know here, for making me feel at home for the good part of a decade now.