Melbourne is lovely.
It’s like a whole other world in itself. There’s a different feel to the entire place that I haven’t felt anywhere else…which isn’t too hard, admittedly, as I haven’t really travelled very much in my life at all. Yes, I’ve moved many, many times, but it’s been within the same state and I’ve never been overseas (no, not even to Tasmania)… I’m sheltered like that.
Everyone dresses differently there, they have an air of confidence as they bustle around the streets, the pace is caffeine-fueled, unforgiving and busy…everyone seems to be busy with something or other…
One thing you notice immediately is the city. It’s a REAL city, with skyscrapers! We live in a city, but none of our buildings come close to the magnificence of Melbourne’s. Gosh, it’s lovely!
Nothing ever sleeps in Melbourne. Unlike where I live, it doesn’t become eerie at night, in fact, the only thing that seems to change is the sky… People are still everywhere, everything is lit up, it doesn’t feel dangerous or abnormal, in fact, I could even go so far as to say it seems more normal than ever to be out and about at night, rather than during the day…
So, how did I end up in Melbourne? I had only planned it for a month. It was going to be great. We were seeing a movie at a cinema I’d never been to and catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen for more than 10 years. Then suddenly, 3 days before the big event, it was cancelled… All of my organising seemed like it was for nothing. Babysitters and outfits and saving, all out the window…until I spoke to the big Jay. He decided we should go anyway, throw caution to the wind and enjoy the nightlife….or you know, enjoy life…for as long as possible.
We stayed out all night, met the loveliest people (some of them french, and I actually understood them!!), drank all of the over-priced drinks, danced until we fell over, stayed single/awesome and then finished it all off with a kebab. Mmm kebabs…another thing we don’t have where I live.
Slept (okay, tossed and turned in an uncomfortably hot, bunk bed) in a hostel, for about 2 hours, woke up and went trekking through the streets of Melbourne all over again.
Waffles for breakfast. Enough said.
Then we went and saw that movie. Best movie I’ve seen in a LONG time – with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis (how can you go wrong???). SO worth it.
These are times I will never forget. Last minute plans, letting your hair down and forgetting about the worries back at home…walking for hours, talking and laughing about nothing in particular and exploring the unknown, all with the only person who knows me best…great, irreplaceable times…
Go to Melbourne. Or just skip your humdrum town for a day and go to the biggest city closest to where you are. You won’t regret it.