Sydney or Melbourne? This is a childish rivalry between the two cities. I always think it’s like comparing apples to oranges. When I finally arrived in Melbourne, it becomes the apple of my eyes.
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The story begins in July. It was a wet and windy weekend, but nothing could stop me to visit my best friend in Melbourne. Similar to most of the trips, I don’t have much planning – just turn up and do what I want. You can always tell the character of a place by the nicknames it has earned – the world’s most livable city. It’s not possible to see everything that Melbourne has to offer in one trip – and I don’t suggest you try. What follows, in no particular order, is a selective taste of the highlights in this article. If you know nothing else about this place, these are the funny facts that I discovered:
HERE ARE THE 6 FUNNY FACTS THAT I DISCOVERED IN MELBOURNE
01 | WINTER IS COLD
It’s common sense, but winter in Melbourne is a different kind of cold. 2 hours ago, I was enjoying sunshine in Brisbane; 2 hours later, I was shivering all the time in Melbourne. It is true that any time in this city is a good time, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s eternally sunny and hot here. The worst feeling ever is when I was woken up by the low temperature several times during the mid-night. But thanks to my friend, the heater was a life saver; Meanwhile, the best moment of the trip is to enjoy an ice cream at night-time in this season. My scoop didn’t melt when I was walking down the street.
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02 | YOU MAY GET LOST
For new visitors, it is not embarrassing to admit you get lost, especially when ‘Pie Face’ is the same at most of the streets. Fortunately, the architecture in Melbourne undoubtedly makes this city special. The Flinders Street Station is one of the city’s most distinctive landmark. Most tourists destinations are compact and concentrated within the city centre. This makes it easy to navigate and cover a lot of places in a short time, such as the Queen Victoria Market and the State library of Victoria. These sights are within walking distance of each other, or you can take the free city circle tram.
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03 | ART GALLERY IS NOT FREE
They say the best things in life are free, and most of the best things in a city is free for all to enjoy. However, we didn’t realise we need to buy tickets until we entered the exit – which is the entrance! I still don’t understand how could it happened, but we did enjoy the contemporary art for free anyway. Culture vultures will find plenty to keep themselves interested at the Federation Square.
04 | AQUARIUM
This may be the least popular tourist attraction in the city. After all, it’s more or less the same as the other aquarium around the world. However, I really love to watch animals and this place leads you a journey of discovery – Penguins shit everywhere. The greenish colour is due to the bile. And you can use a satellite to view the spots of penguin poop to estimate how many emperor penguins are there, unless they all had gastroenteritis.
05 | CHINA TOWN EVERYWHERE
If you want to visit the China Town, look no further, it’s everywhere in Melbourne. The CBD is so populated and you’re forever bumping into Chinese you may know. This cosmopolitan blend means that there is no longer any such thing as a typical Australian resident. It is such a multicultural city that it’s not surprising to find food from all corners of the globe within a radius of a few miles. If you can translate the below sign of a Chinese restaurant, it literally means ‘Hot and Lust’. Please don’t misunderstand I was in a brothel.
06 | THE TWELVE APOSTLES
The name is a scam. You couldn’t find 12 stacks, nor anything related to the bibles. The site was once known as the Sow and Piglets. Today however, it was renamed to The Apostles for tourism purposes. If you heard of the manga called “Initial D”, our driver is probably Fujiwara Takumi (藤原 拓海). Even though the road twists and turns along the coast, the views along the Great Ocean road were absolutely stunning. If you are going for a day trip to Victoria’s number one tourist attraction, finger crossed and hope for good weather!
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…AND NOW, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
With so many sides to its personality, this is a city you’ll want to visit again and again, savouring a different experience each time. Visit Melbourne with an open mind and experience the interesting things, you’re bound to have a relaxing and throughly good time.
Have you been to Melbourne? Please tell me your impressions about the city!! I would love to read your comments.