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WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO LIVE IN MELBOURNE

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I come from a relatively small city, despite being the second most important in my country, Chile is almost the opposite of Melbourne, Australia. I have been living in this place for 4 years now, I have moved 5 times around the city, I have tried everything that I could and I have done practically everything that I wanted.

Melbourne is an immigrant destination. Cosmopolitan from end to end, super diverse. Honestly, I did not expect much of that, but I love it that way. Different languages, customs, food, people, colors and, many others that haunt my head and I prefer not to mention them so you can be surprised when you are here.

Yarra River, Melbourne, Australia

What to do in Melbourne?

Finding nothing to do in this place is almost impossible. It is a city where activities of all kinds abound. Indoor or Outdoor. Everyone can find something to do in Melbourne, for all tastes and all budgets.

From internationally renowned museums like the NGV (The National Gallery of Victoria) or magical dream landscapes, like the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, this is a place that never ceases to amaze those who know it for the first time in their lives.

Twelve Apostles, The Great Ocean Road, Australia

Living in Melbourne

Living in Melbourne is almost like living in a dream, which is why many people visit Melbourne almost uninterrupted throughout the year and many of them end up living in this city for a long time, almost without wanting to go back to where they came from. That sounds almost extreme, doesn’t it?

This is why Melbourne is the most livable city in the world

For many reasons, this city was named for 7 consecutive years “the most liveable city in the world”, a title that is no less, considering the number of great cities around the globe.

It can be its structure, its landscapes, its monuments, its tall skyscrapers, the infinite number of parks and green areas everywhere, its means of transport (did I tell you that inside the city the tram is free?), Its restaurants, its hidden bars or rooftop bars in the city center, its exquisite and unique coffee at any time of day, it’s almost majestic libraries and entertainment centers, it’s no pollution or the friendliness of the locals with tourists … it may be everything, however, I still feel that I fall short in this brief description. It will never be enough.

                                                                          Melbourne CBD, Australia

Is Melbourne expensive?

Despite being a relatively expensive destination (obviously depending on the place that comes) it is totally and absolutely worth it. In addition, it is important to highlight the proximity of Australia to Asia, where crossing the paradisiacal beaches of Thailand or Indonesia is relatively cheaper, easier and faster.

Sounds like the perfect destination, doesn’t it?

For me it is, do not imagine settling here for such a long period of time. Moreover, I think that at first, it was never in the plans, but when you fall in love with a place, you fall in love, don’t you?

 

Hi there! My name is Adriana and I’m a Chilean girl based in Melbourne, Australia since 2014. Marine Biologist by profession and now Biotechnology Master student at the University of Melbourne. I love to travel, photography landscapes and tell histories about my trips experiences. I always wanted to live in another country for a long time and despite to started to travel with my dad and my brother since I was a teenager I never really like it be a tourist … I think that is more excited live in the culture in which you are dwelling. So, when I was ready I picked my bag, I crossed the Pacific and here I am, living the “Australian Dream!”  This is the start of my real adventure when the dreams come true …  I hope to inspire you to live a life exploring outside of your comfort zone.

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