Five things I like about Melbourne

When we first announced to our friends that we’d be moving to Melbourne, most of them commented on the terrible weather in Melbourne. It always rain here apparently, and is constantly dreary and cold. There were also tales of Melbourne experiencing four seasons in one day. It would be sunny in the morning, hot by midday, windy and cold by afternoon and raining that same night. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it?

Funny thing is, in my two years of living here, I could only remember a few days of really bad weather. I remember a day when it was really pouring rain and hubby commented that if the same thing happened in the Philippines, work and school would have been cancelled already. Then there were the odd days of crazy, howling winds and the occasional hailstorm. On the other hand, perhaps coming from a tropical country regularly visited by typhoons every year may have something to do with my higher tolerance for rain. After all, even the worst storm here didn’t even compare to the ones we get in the Philippines.

A little rain is always good for the flowers and the dams, what with the stricter water restrictions nowadays. Besides, as the photos I took during our lunch break today illustrate, Melbourne does get its fair share of good weather too!

Here’s a short list of what else I like about living here, in commemoration of Melbourne’s foundation day yesterday:

  1. Public transport – Buses, trains and trams all use a common ticket, called a MetCard, which is convenient and easy to understand. As long as you have the proper ticket for a zone, you could use just one ticket to transfer between the three different modes of transport available.
  2. CBD layout – When I first saw the layout for the city’s CBD, I knew that the possibility of me getting lost in some unfamiliar street is slim. It’s easy because it’s laid out in a grid! It may look unnatural but to people like me who are just hopeless with a map, it’s a dream to navigate!
  3. Cultural mix – People from all walks of life from different countries come here to work, live or play. Catering to all these people has made the city a venue for a truly eclectic mix of restaurants, cultural events and entertainment.
  4. Community size – Melbourne is the second-largest city in Australia, home to approximately 3.7 million people. It’s big enough to host big events but is still small enough to have affordable suburbs that aren’t too far from the city. I use the word ‘affordable’ here loosely – for the same amount of money, you could purchase a home in a suburb closer the city than in, say, Sydney.
  5. Proximity to the coast – I lived in a city near the bay in Manila and saw the coast everyday on my way to and from work. I didn’t realise I’ve missed seeing the coast until I moved to Melbourne, where I could visit the beach anytime and be reminded of the Philippines.
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Published in: on August 31, 2006 at 12:20 pm  Comments (7)