I come from a relatively small city, where not much happens nor there are many people, where almost everyone knows each other and at night, only a few walk through its streets. It’s almost the opposite of Melbourne, Australia, my home for some time now.
I have lived in this place for just over 4 years, I have moved 5 times around the city, I have tried everything I could and I have done practically everything I wanted.
Melbourne is totally an immigrant destination. Cosmopolitan and diverse. Honestly, I didn’t expect much from that when I came, but little by little it surprised me and I love it that way. Different languages, customs, food, people, colours … and many others that haunt my head and I prefer not to mention them so that they discover and let themselves be surprised if they ever pass by here.
Yarra River, Melbourne
View from floor 89 Eureka Tower, Melbourne
Finding what NOT to do in this city and its surroundings are almost impossible. It is a city where activities of all kinds abound. Indoor or Outdoor. There are for all tastes and also, for all budgets.
From internationally renowned museums such as the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), where they house works of the most famous national and international artists or magical dream landscapes, such as the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, one of the most beautiful places visited daily that is on the outskirts of Melbourne. Each place in this corner of the globe never ceases to amaze its visitors and its permanent residents.
Mass by Ron Mueck, Triennial (2018) NGV, Melbourne
Triennial (2018) NGV, Melbourne
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Living here is almost like living in a dream, which is why many people visit it almost uninterrupted throughout the year and many of them end up living in this city for a long time … almost without wanting to return to the place where they came. That sounds a little extreme, doesn’t it? but believe me, that happens.
For something, this city was named for 7 consecutive years “the most livable city in the world”, a title that is no less considering the number of great cities around the world.
It can be its structure, its landscapes, its monuments, its tall skyscrapers, the infinite number of parks and green areas everywhere, its means of transport (did I tell you that inside the city the tram is free? That’s right!), Its restaurants (the food!), their hidden bars or their bars on the roofs of the buildings in the center of the city (so far the best!), their exquisite and incomparable coffee at any time of day, their almost majestic libraries and centers of recreation, its coasts, its no pollution or the friendliness of the locals with the tourists … it can be everything, however, I still feel that I am short in this brief description. It will never be enough. Never.
Brunch in Melbourne
Despite being a relatively expensive destination (depending on the place) it is totally and absolutely worth it. In addition, it is important to highlight the proximity of this place from Australia to Asia, where crossing to the paradisiacal beaches of Thailand or Indonesia is relatively cheaper, easier and faster. Perfect!
Sounds like the ideal destination, doesn’t it?
For me it is, I did not imagine settling here for such a long period of time. Moreover, I think that at first, it was never in the plans, but when you fall in love with a place, you fall in love and there is nothing more you can do.
Hosier Lane, Melbourne
Degraves Street, Melbourne
Hosier Lane, Melbourne
I had never been so happy in my life as I am in this place, before I arrived here I was a dreamer, but now I am a “maker of dreams”, I do not know if it is the environment, the people, the air or life, but Melbourne and especially Australia teaches you that there are no impossible and that you and only you are the owner of your destiny.
And you, did you put on your travel list to do to the city of Melbourne?