There is nothing quite like coming home and taking a walking tour of your own city. “My” city, as you might have gathered, is now Melbourne.
Getting back from a trip like the one we did to Spain and Portugal would usually require a vacation after the vacation. I was exhausted, I was walking more and waking up earlier than I would in my Real Life. Come to think of it, I actually got tonsillitis on the plane but I guess that’s besides the point. Instead of leaving my first weekend home free to sit on the couch while it rained and watch the first full Season of House of Cards (we’re on episode two now. so good!), I had a 3 hour walking tour of Melbourne under the gray angry sky booked. It was one of the many perfectly thought out gifts given to me for my 25th birthday by my boyfriend’s mom, Jill.
Even though originally visiting Melbourne had a lot to do with my dear Jackimo, deciding to live in Melbourne had a lot to do with how amazing the city is. My experience has been, so far, all positive. The Melbourne lifestyle just really gets to you; it’s infectious! People here prefer to be outside rather than inside watching TV. I’ve never met such kind people in absolutely any situation that presents itself. Everyone seems to have a strong interest in food with an obsessive hobby of coffee on the side. Public transport here is so accessible, there are parks at every turn, you can find great bike lanes down most roads (and only getting better!), every suburb has a completely different feel yet you can get to most in only 10 minutes. There are events and outings going on to fill a year worths of your calendar. Drive an hour north and you hit beautiful Mount Macedon or Daylesford and experience the country. Drive an hour West and you’ve found yourself on the jaw dropping Great Ocean Road. Drive an hour South East and you’ll hit even more beautiful coastal beaches down the Mornington Peninsula, and eventually hit the small penguins at Phillip Island.
To me, Melbourne is the best of all worlds. I’m really thankful Jack came into my life and helped me find it.
It’s not that the walking tour of Melbourne helped me figure this out, it’s that being a tourist in your own city can give you a whole new perspective!