Well, as some of you may or may not already know, I was in Melbourne from the 6th to the 24th, so I figured, since I sort of abandoned the internet for that time, I should probably write something about what I did in Melbourne. Ok, so I didn’t totally abandon the internet (that would actually be sort of irresponsible because it’s, like, good etiquette or whatever to check emails regularly and stuff like that), but my use of the internet was quite limited and infrequent.
Alright, I think I’m going to try to get back on topic before I (unintentionally) make this about the internet instead.
So… Melbourne was fun. Actually, to be honest, I think I have mixed feelings about how great a city Melbourne really is. Being proudly Brisbane born and bred has sort of made me intent on finding every other city to be not as great as Brisbane, so I suppose I’m not exactly being objective with my judgement here. And, yeah, I do realise that it would be hard for some/most of you to consider Brisbane to be better than whatever other city/cities you love, but I guess that would just be a greater indication of my pride then.
My main reason for going down to Melbourne was to visit family. (I have a lot of family down there, so it is sort of easier for us to go down to see them rather than for them to all come up to see us.) Consequently, a great part of my time there was spent with family. This time was often spent shopping or eating.
Anyone who has been to Melbourne, or who has even heard of Melbourne would surely know that it is like a shopper’s paradise. After all, it is supposed to be Australia’s “fashion capital”. Personally, I’m not really in to shopping that much, but even I can say that Melbourne shopping is quite good. There are just so many places to go to. I can hardly even begin to list the places we went to, so I’m not going to bother right now.
I suppose Melbourne’s also quite a nice city in terms of their buildings and their streets and stuff. I particularly liked the streets and boulevards and parades that had tree cover all along the entire road such that only specks of sunlight ever got through anywhere. (Not sure if that description will make total sense to people who haven’t seen it before, but, yeah, not sure how to put it – sort of like a tunnel whereby trees make the walls and roof. The only such road I can remember the name of is Highett Street in Richmond.) I would love to see these places as autumn’s coming. If anyone knows a place like this in Brisbane (I can’t think of any at the moment) please tell.
As for the buildings, I suppose the first ones that come to mind are those at that Swanston-Flinders Street intersection: Flinders Street Station, St Paul’s Cathedral, and those buildings around Federation Square. One of my uncles was saying stuff about heritage listed buildings and houses one time when we were driving around, and I guess I can better appreciate the point of heritage-listing things now. I mean, it seems sort of impractical if you’ve had to use a heritage-listed building, but if you’re just visiting (and, I guess, have some appreciation of history), you’re sort of glad that they did preserve it.
I think it would be reasonable to assume that many people would assume that Melbourne’s public transport is of a higher standard than Brisbane’s, but, in my opinion, I think, at best, it’s just on par. Of course, this is probably greatly influenced by there being good public transport around my area. I have become so used to frequent bus services that having to wait more than about 20 minutes for a bus is somewhere in the vicinity of ridiculous.
I will admit, however, that Melbourne’s train services are quite good (I don’t catch the train often enough in Brisbane to do a proper comparison, though). But, even having said that, I reckon every issue of mX I looked through while I was there had “Connex bashing” (as one person put it) in the “Vent your spleen” part. There was always someone with some sort of problem with the train services. As for me, if the seats were all a bit cleaner, I think I would not have so much of a problem with it.
Don’t think I have much of a problem with the trams, though. It’s just weird having to get on and off in the middle of the road. And also that (as I’ve been told) the whole point of the seemingly pointless “hook turn” is so that trams don’t get held up.
Moving on now… I actually quite like how close the beach is to the CBD. Of course, their beaches aren’t that great, but ease of access is nice anyway. Only visited Saint Kilda Beach for a while to have a look around and collect some shells (which I have since misplaced).
And, of course, I couldn’t possibly write an entry about Melbourne without mentioning Breadtop (an Asian bakery chain thing, for those of you unfortunately unacquainted with it). I don’t know what it is about it that I like so much. My uncle actually said he got sick of it after a while, so maybe it’s just the novelty of it for me. For now, anyway, I am eagerly awaiting the day when Breadtop franchises open in Brisbane.