Yes, fun fact: the locals pronounce "Melbourne" like "Mel-ben". I don't get it. But, it sounds like my name, which is kinda fun. Anyways.
I've successfully moved to Melbourne, Australia! And it has been love at first sight.
The weather is on point, the people are friendly, the food is fantastic, and the culture is contagious. Locals describe this place as a mix of Vancouver, London, and San Francisco. And that it is! Only, a tad smaller than all those places.
I live in a cool neighborhood just a quick train ride away from the city called Northcote (pronounced: Northkit. Again, I don't get it). Known for its cafes and views of the city, Northcote is a solid spot to call home.
Here are some things I'm learning. The coffee scene here is no laughing matter and you only order by variations of espresso, not by pour-over. Australia loves to use coins. So many coins. The two dollar coins are especially hard to keep track of. I once thought I knew what asian food tasted like, but the quality here is next level! Grade school students have strict and intense dress codes. Skateboarders are respected, and the elderly will even come to the skatepark to socialize. Graffiti is legal and even encouraged in some places. And the city is super active and into their sports. AKA: the Australian Football League. Look it up, it's intense.
In addition, here are a few of my favo(u)rite sayings so far:
- "mate": (obviously), but NOBODY says "g'day mate!"
- "dodgy": a really bad job or something that lacks full potential
- "rubbish": just like they say in the UK
- "jumper": a sweater or light jacket
- "so yum": when something tastes good
- "heaps": a lot, usually in a positive manner
- "how are you going?": instead of "how are you doing?"
- "reckon": I suppose, I think, for sure
- "esky": short for eskimo - a cooler or ice chest
Oh, and the whole reason I moved here...school. In short: Shillington Graphic Design School has surpassed my expectations and I'm learning more than I ever thought I would, in the perfect setting, surrounded by inspiring people. None of the bullshit from traditional school and all the benefits from an insiders perspective of the industry. (More to come in the future).
With that said, school is my life. Although Australia seems a bit like a honeymoon phase, behind the scenes I'm actually incredibly busy and don't have any time to do much.
And God bless my roommate Joel. He not only opened up his home to me, a total stranger, but has taken me under his wing to show me Melbourne through the eyes of a well-seasoned local. And cheers to his girlfriend Ella for befriending me as well.
Here are some pictures I took on my first day exploring the city! Still HEAPS more to do in these streets and not all iconic spots are pictured. More to see and more to come.