It has been a while since my last ‘Operation Relocation: the settling in phase’ post so thought it time to bring you up to speed. Transferred my third rental payment which means I am celebrating three months in Melbourne. Yay! The time has passed quickly though not without leaving an immeasurable impression on me with every passing day.
I have met, connected and am yet to meet many wonderful souls here. I have seen, heard, tasted, smelled, touched and absorbed the magic of this beautiful city and a visit to Sydney has really made me appreciate the differences between the two cities. Although the people I love are an hour flight away, I am very nearly comfortable to call Melbourne ‘home’.
This is not an exhaustive list because I can’t remember the names of some of the places I have been to but these are the ones I remember: Ladro,, MoVida, Silk Road bar/club/meat-market, The George, Joe’s Garage, Jim’s Greek Restaurant, Ethiopian, Noodle by Noodle, Goshen, European Cafe, Akari, International Cakes, the Chinese Restaurant I can’t remember the name of that is at the Spring St end of Chinatown, Shanghai Dumpling House, Solarino, a few of the places in DeGraves, Roule Gallete, Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons (amazing), Tuscan Bar, The Mess Hall, Tony Starr (& something), Love Machine, Mr Wolf, Mr Tulk, the cafe at the top of the stairs at GPO, a questionable place that my bosses will remember (thanks TY), the good Japanese place my bosses took me to when I started, San Churro, Classic Curry Co., and that’s about all I can remember. Apologies to the places I have left out. (ha, sounds like an acceptance speech list!)
I have also embraced the amazing stalls at the Queen Vic markets and today I had the joy of experiencing the South Melbourne markets which I am smitten with for so many reasons.I breezed through the Arts Markets which I hope to get to next Sunday for some last-minute Christmas gifts and another set of stalls I could see near Fed Square if they’re there next week as well.
And there is still much to discover. How exciting! I will be back in Sydney over Christmas which I am looking forward to but mainly for the people I will be sharing the time with and perhaps a little beach action. I will also be trying to convince everyone to move to Melbourne so I can have the best of everything…
Walking through the Fitzroy Gardens today I took a moment to really enjoy the moment. And I feel truly lucky and happy in my new city of wonders.