Finding Melbourne

by Sara · 12.02.2011 · Escapism · 7 comments

Had I known Mel­bourne would become my last stop — for the time being, any­way — I would‘ve chosen another song to accom­pany me on my flight from Sydney than Whit­ney Hou­s­tons „How Will I Know“. But alas, it is what it is. From now on, whenever that song plays, my mind will flash through two and a half weeks of Mel­bourne. At least it was a remix.

I was dis­ap­poin­ted at first sight. Mel­bourne doesn‘t cater well to the tour­ist, there are no pretty sights like Sydneys Opera that can mes­mer­ize you, and even the sky­line looks some­what out of place. Mel­bourne is proud of the fact that most of its cool places are hid­den behind dump­sters or rot­ten doors, which basic­ally means that you‘ll never find them if you‘re not with a local. Why thanks, I don‘t want to be here anyway.

A couple of days after my I arrival I figured that Mel­bourne was the kind of place you actu­ally have to give some time to appre­ci­ate. From the Bohemian quar­ters of Fitzroy and Colling­wood to the bustle of the CBD, the des­ig­nated urban art alleys to the cof­fee, res­taur­ant and live gig craze, everything tempts you for a longer stay. And, although by Aus­tralian stand­ards not the pret­ti­est, there‘s a beach too. Includ­ing Pen­guins. Yes, I said Penguins.

Here’s a run­down on what you will find in Mel­bourne if you open your eyes wide enough: nifty res­taur­ants, exclus­ive vin­tage and second hand stores, live gigs from rock to jazz, roof top bars and cinemas, edgy techno clubs, bogan beach life, pen­guins, trams, a bit of his­tory, the 3rd biggest IMAX screen in the world, won­der­ful art exhib­i­tions and gal­ler­ies, gar­dens and parks, fixie bikes, record stores, loads of graf­fiti and more cafés than in Italy and France com­bined. Ser­i­ously.

In any case, much of my stay in Mel­bourne wouldn‘t have been as insight­ful as it was without my fant­astic friends and local tour­guides — spe­cial kudos goes to Kai, who took great care of me, and even Maggi showed up to spend a couple of hours with his long lost co-author (he dis­ap­peared shortly there­after, but some of the pic­tures you‘ll see are actu­ally his work!). Thanks also to Casey, who let me stay with her for two days, and all the great people at The Nun­nery. Cheers to Mar­tin, who is still on the road, and cheers to every­one who‘s been fol­low­ing our travels. As for me, I‘m already back in Ger­many, plan­ning for my next short trip before I come back to Ber­lin in time for spring and sun­shine… and a bit of home.

  1. Epic pho­tos. Love it.

  2. awe­some!

  3. Toll, jetzt will ich unbedingt verreisen :(

  4. Love to read about Mel­bourne from a tour­ist per­spect­ive. Glad you liked it and lovely to meet you guys. Just booked my flight back to Ger­many in Sept — will see you in Ber­lin. Dead set, mate! Peace!

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