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I have come to the conclusion that Melbourne makes me anxious: in an excited, wide-eyed, kid-in-a-candy-store kind of way.
There is just so much going on all the time that it is all a little overwhelming. I find myself not knowing where to start.
Have you been to…?
Have you seen the new…?
Did you hear about….?
…etc. There is just so much!
I haven’t talked about Melbourne on QW yet. Not even a little bit. Maybe you didn’t even realise that I was here. (I am. I’m not pretending!)
And I think it is probably because I am still finding my feet in this city that I decided to move to and call my home. Home for a little while at least…
And I really haven’t quite made my mind up about it just yet.
About moving here. About living here. About being so far from my family and friends in Perth.
Is Melbourne a fabulous city? Absolutely!
Is there enough here to keep any type of person happy forevermore? Totally!
Does it tick all the boxes? Yep!
In fact, Melbourne ticks so many boxes that it is almost a little ridiculous. What city ticks all the boxes??
But this move is only a trial. I am gingerly testing the waters.
So far…I’m not feeling the urge to dive in headfirst. I’m not really sure why.
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I think I can honestly say that on all my travels in the past 13 years, I have never felt homesick. I’m not sure I even know exactly what it feels like.
But I think that maybe I might be feeling it. Possibly. I’m not sure.
And so how does that even work anyway? How is it that I can be on the other side of the world in the middle of nowhere for months on end and barely give home a second thought?
But here I am in my own country, only a 3 hour flight from ‘home’, it’s easy, it’s familiar, it’s exciting and yet….
It’s made me start thinking about what exactly it is that makes a place feel like home….I’m still contemplating so I’ll have to get back to you on that one!
The lure of Melbourne has been playing on my mind for years now. When I lived in Perth, I always dreamt about living in Melbourne. Now I find myself in Melbourne romanticising about Perth. A place that I don’t even like that much. Weird.
Maybe my timing is off?
But there is definitely something about Melbourne: something truly wondrous and enticing! And one needs to be rational and think sensibly about these things, right?
I mean, where else in Australia am going to get a kick-ass Chicken Parmigiana for 10 bucks?
Or go to an exhibition opening any night of the week?
Or watch a live match at the Australian Open? (Not that I actually did that, but hey…I could have!)
Or get $20 all-you-can-eat tapas in a flashy restaurant in the CBD? (Yeah, you heard right: all-you-can-eat tapas. So good.)
These are all very important factors that need to be taken into serious consideration. Very serious. Leave it with me….