And just like that, it’s November. We’re actually back from Australia. It’s been two weeks since we first landed in the land down under. Sydney was our first stop. We spent a good full week sightseeing, eating, bonding and boozing (lots of it) with friends, and freezing.
It was cold. Four days into our trip and while my friends were exclaiming how nice the weather was, I, on the other hand, was miserable and still hadn’t adjusted to the cold. But I had no choice but get used to the weather and whatever body heat and resources I had during those two weeks were used extensively, that’s for sure. I got sick at one point and had to recover and stay indoors for a day. It helped tremendously and I was out and about the following day for our trip to Melbourne. If you’re interested in our 2-week itinerary, you can find it here.
But as expected and I knew this all along, Melbourne was even colder than Sydney. But that didn’t dampen my freezing cold spirit and butt as I was actually looking forward to explore the city and have an obscene amount of flat white. And not even the 40 degree weather can ruin my excitement. Just say coffee and I’m there in an instant. I am a coffee nut. That’s why this Melbourne trip was important to me. I wanted to immerse myself in Melby’s cafe culture.
Here’s the truth. While most would disagree with this observation, I find that Sydney is the ideal city to live in while Melbourne is a great place to visit.
Aside from the fact that it’s colder in Melbourne which is one thing I’m not too crazy about, Melbourne is too hip and happening for me. I don’t think I could ever get used to it or live up to the vibe of the city. It’s lively…for a lack of a better term. It would be nice to experience this kind of “vibe” once in awhile. But to go through it everyday would only zap the life out of me. I’d probably be thinking of going out of the city every weekend to relax and reboot. That’s how I see Melbourne. A place to visit once in awhile when life gets boring and monotonous.
Sydney is more laid-back or perhaps, staying with friends in the suburbs has a lot to do with my observations. Having spent most of our time in Penrith (an hour away from the city proper) may have a big impact on how I see this city.
My best friend and her family hosted the whole gang during this trip and we had a lot of downtime — cooking and having meals together, storytelling, catching up — normal things people do. It felt more like a big reunion rather than a vacation. It was an experience not very different from what we’re used to doing back home — “playing” family!
And that is Sydney to me. It is home away from home. I’ll forever see it as a place I come home to, only because my best friend is there…my longest friend to date…a friend I have known more than half of my life.
So I’d choose Sydney over Melbourne any day or up until she and her family decide to move to Melbourne. If that should ever happen, I would need a thicker coat.
Have you been to Australia? Which city left a good impression?
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