If you are fond of the land down under but also don’t want to separate yourself too much from modern conveniences, then Melbourne is probably the place for you. I’m sure I’ve said it before in different ways but it definitely rings true. I’m sure there are some people out there like me with a little wanderlust who might feel more inclined for the more rugged activities that only the Australian outback can offer. That’s perfectly fine for them and for anyone else who agrees, but I’ll probably never stray too far from a nice Wi-Fi hotspot like Melbourne (or maybe another major city in Australia like Sydney).
Here’s a breath taking shot of the Melbourne sky line during dusk. That magic hour where you can still see the lingering daylight on the horizon but still fully appreciate the blur of lights and night life going on for millions of people below is certainly nothing to dismiss casually. © Aditya Mawardi.
I’m not against enjoying the more physical activities; I’m not a complete nerd all the time. For instance, I did learn the basics about surfing the last time I was at the beach and I had a total blast doing it. Granted, I did my share of embarrassing slips and falls in the course of learning how to properly balance myself, but I got it eventually. The fact that Australia is renowned for being one of the greatest places to surf on the planet is probably a factor for my favoritism in this situation but that aside, if you get the chance to surf anywhere, you should definitely try it out and see if it’s fun for you as well.
I think if anyone ever has the means and luck to visit (or live in!) Australia then the sight of the local exotic wild life is just too awesome to pass up. Above as you can see plainly, we have a fine specimen of a kangaroo, but interestingly enough, much to my initial surprise, this kangaroo was photographed near a beach. I don’t know about you but I originally thought that kangaroos didn’t live so close to the water, but it is fun to learn new things, right? © Kyle Taylor.
Aside from being a great city with access to some of the finest technological advances in modern society and activities for the most vigorous outdoorsman, the culture of Melbourne is actually surprisingly progressive. Despite being a nation with strong western influences, the city still happily celebrates cultural events that are clearly more eastern, a welcoming gesture if I ever saw one. Below you can see a celebration going on right in the heart of Melbourne celebrating the Hindu festival known as Diwali.
I think I’d like to see some other nations adopt more open-mindedness to other cultures. At the very least, who doesn’t love fireworks am I right? © Chris Phutully.