Today marks the 10 year anniversary of living in Melbourne for me. For those who don't know (and i will assume that's most people, besides Dot and The Intruder), i grew up in Perth. I was born in Melbourne, spent 10 years in Perth, and then came back to Melbourne again.
Our move back to Melbs was somewhat unorthodox in the general interstate movings of families, in that when we left Perth... only me, my mum and the Milky Bar Kid came to Melbs. Dad pretty much got left behind 'to tie up lose ends' and once all that had been done, my mum called 'barleys!' and that was the end of the unit as i knew it. Pretty fucked up way to do things, and a bit shit dealing with my parents separating, plus starting a new school and trying to make some of those friend things, not to mention VCE. Needless to say, this has been an eventful 10 years.
I haven't always appreciated Melbourne. It wasn't until this month that i first went to Chinatown. I rarely go to Lygon or Brunswick streets. I try to avoid Chapel street and St Kilda if possible. I'm not really into the beach or the sport. I loathe shopping. And aren't all these the things which are supposed to make Melbourne great?
Which makes me wonder what it is exactly, that i do love about this city...
I love St Kilda road in autumn with its beautiful changing trees and the rattling of a tram.
And the view of the city at night coming across the Bolte Bridge is second to none. The view going across the overpass through the Crown Tunnel on King street, looking back across Southbank is third to none...
I love the atmosphere in the city when something is happening.
...the beach at Bonbeach in the summer and the pubs in Mornington on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
And that trams are free (!).
And it's awesome that my entrire family lives in this state.
I guess these things are all pretty superfical... and home is where-ever you make it, isn't it? Well, i suppose i choose Melbourne by default... i don't think i could leave for any length of time again, i've been infected (no, not by the dirty needle on Elwood beach). So happy anniversary Melbs, looking forward to the next 10 years!
Done by Mars
5 years ago