Melbourne can be such a moody lady. The rumor is true, us Melburnians very often go through four seasons in a day. But I won’t have it any other way, Melbourne is truly home to me in a way that nowhere else ever has.
I moved to Melbourne 9 years ago during the peak of summer and instantly fell in love. I fell in love with the culture, the people, the surroundings, the coffee madness and the food. To me, an island girl who had never left her country before, Melbourne became my home even more so than my natal country, one in which I lived 19 years.
Settling in a new city and more importantly a new culture was very challenging. I didn’t know many people and to a large extent felt very alone but at the same time free in a way that I had never been before.
Here, no one knew me, I could choose the person I wanted to be, I suddenly had the unique opportunity to re-invent myself and over the years I did.
On my second day in this frighteningly big city, I went exploring and promptly got lost. But I was having a ball and realized that people were friendly and were happy to help me out when I stopped them to ask for directions. That was when I fell in love with Melburnians, a truly unique bunch, who taught me to love this city even more.
Over the years as I studied in this city, explored it, lived in it, got my first job, had my first serious relationship, moved from a shared house to my own place to eventually buying my first home and to now, on the precipice of getting married, Melbourne has helped shaped me into the woman that I am now.
I hope to visit many a places and many a cities in my life, but when my plane lands on the tarmac at the Melbourne airport, my heart and soul settles to know that we are safe in the only place that has ever felt like home.