Written by Edna Truong.
Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, Australia is a wonderful place for food, shopping, entertainment, arts, culture and learning. Walk the streets as buskers blare their music and mix with the other background noises characteristic to cities. Ride on the horse wagons through the streets or catch a tram, bus or taxi. Discover odd shops in nooks and crannies, or on the side of a footpath, dingy yet spunky alleyways and countless pubs, cafés and restaurants to suit any taste. Don’t forget the many fashionable stores, markets, arcades, as well as landmarks such as street art and historical buildings; the mix of old and new infrastructures adds to the city’s quirkiness and appeal.
There is such a wide cross section of represented cultures, cuisines, communities and lifestyles, you could probably find almost anything here. Believe me, I’m a local. To be more accurate, I live about 20km out from the city centre, in the south eastern suburbs. It takes about half an hour by car, or an hour of train travel from my town. Despite this rather lengthy travel time, I regularly pop into the city for work and to help boost the economy–by blowing holes in my pocket! Not that it needs my help. I just love being in the city! Continue reading