Around the World in one City - Melbourne04:35 PM on Wed 10 Aug 2011

"Melbourne has everything you could possibly desire and more. So come find out why we currently rank second most liveable city in the world, and I’m sure you’ll even find a piece of your own home here too" -Tom Cooney  Base Backpackers Stkilda, Melbourne

I’ve done a fair amount of travelling in my time, but it’s always an interesting feat moving back home at the end of yet another round world trip.

I arrived in Melbourne in the middle of summer, scorching sun with a sweet springtime breeze; the weather alone is something that makes Melbourne a special city, but already I could tell there was something else, something I hadn’t noticed about the place before…

It was the first time I have really taken any notice of the cities skyline. The comforting glow of afternoon sun reflecting off the highest windowed peaks of the skyscrapers, it gave me a glimmer of a memory from watching the sun do the same thing off the Himalayan giants when I was trekking in Nepal. The car carried on down roads I had almost forgotten till we drove back through my old stomping ground. St Kilda; tree lined streets jut like octopus arms in every which direction, sprawled with great restaurants, bars and clubs, a tourist Mecca. We hit beach road when I realised this mental imagery conjured another great trip of mine, driving down the Costa Del Sol to a place called Neuva Andalucia.

Could it be then, that if I’ve discovered a place in Melbourne that reminds me of beautiful Sandy Mediterranean shores of southern Spain, and a place that reminded me of the highest parts of earth in the world, that I could also find places in Melbourne that remind the rest of my trips??

Is it possible to go around the world in one city?

I have since been back in Melbourne for nearly 4 months now and I’ve been putting this question to the test, I actually ran into my first comparison after only a couple of days. Unpacking my bags, I realised I’d came back with about 10% of the clothes I’d left with, but I’d also come back with about 10% of the money I’d left with. Where do I get cheap clothes?? The Queen Vic Market, Melbourne’s hidden gem for the thriftily incline. It was still the end of summer; the sun was still beaming down on the city and walking through rows and rows of fresh produce while hawkers contested at every corner. I was instantly transported back to the Shuks of the Middle East, crammed market places where you can buy everything from wedding dresses to fresh paprika.

Recently i walked  from Arthur’s Seat to Cape Schanck, on the way passing a limestone hot springs ($25 entry), sitting in the steamy pools watching vines drape loosely from the surrounding foliage my week in Semuc Champay, Guatemala was on repeat before my very eyes. Later the same day rounding the first bend of coast before making it to the lighthouse at Cape Schanck the rocky out crop of land leading into the azure lull of pristine ocean was nothing if not the mirror image of the Isle of Capri, Italy.

From the old school tennis courts out at Kooyong with their similarities to those at Wimbledon, to the goliath resemblance the MCG holds to its almost prehistoric cousin the Colosseum. Walking Burke Street Mall with its buskers and street performers flanking you at every corner it’s hard not to think you’ve just landed on La Rambla, Barcelona. Of course our casino can easily compare with those gracing gambling’s hometown Las Vegas. The Westgate Bridge of similar construction to the Sutong Bridge spanning the Yangste River in northern Shanghai, China. St Paul’s gothic cathedral in Melbourne’s centre had me sitting back atop the steps of Prague’s Church Castle. Melbourne’s botanic gardens can easily have you lost, imagining you will fall out of Central Park, NY on to the avenue at any minute and our sun blessed beaches in the summertime rival the best in the world, from Fiji, to Indonesia and Hawaii.

Have you also noticed that other than the hot springs, every thing I’ve mentioned is free?

There is veritable plethora of global destinations you can attack all in this one little city, maybe that was what I noticed this time around that I hadn’t noticed before, Melbourne has everything you could possibly desire and more. So come find out why we currently rank second most liveable city in the world, and I’m sure you’ll even find a piece of your own home here too.

Tom Cooney
Bar Duty Manager
Base Backpackers Stkilda
, Melbourne

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Tags: Melbourne , travel

Comments

Troy: 07:22 PM, Fri 12 Aug 2011
great article about melbourne cheers

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anitazunon: 09:19 AM, Wed 10 Jun 2015
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Lynn Good: 12:28 PM, Mon 29 Jun 2015
HOW I GOT A LOAN FROM BERNARDINVESTMENTLIMITEDLOANCOMPANY. I'm Lynn Good by name, from Auatralia, I am a widow at the moment with three kids and i was stuck in a financial situation in March 2015 and i needed to refinance and pay my bills. I tried seeking loans from various loan firms both private and corporate and banks but never with success, and most banks declined my credit. I was searching through the internet on the 1st of June, then i saw a testimony from one Mrs Anais Harvey who got her loan from BERNARDINVESTMENTLOANCOMPANY, then i contacted Mrs Anais Harvey to know more about BERNARDINVESTMENT Loan Service, then he gave me BERNARDINVESTMENT Loan Company email details, then i contacted the loan lender both private and co_operate, and he gave me a loan of $185,000 and today am setting up a good business and my kids are doing well at the moment, if you must contact any firm with reference to securing a loan without collateral , no credit check, no co signer with just 2% interest rate and better repayment plans and schedule, please contact BERNARDINVESTMENTLIMITED. contact him through his email: {bernardinvestmentlimited@hotmail.com }.I want God to bless him for me because he has made me who i am today.

Lynn Good: 12:29 PM, Mon 29 Jun 2015
Cómo conseguí un préstamo de BERNARDINVESTMENTLIMITEDLOANCOMPANY. Estoy Lynn buena por su nombre, desde Auatralia, soy una viuda en el momento con tres hijos y me he quedado atrapado en una situación financiera 03 2015 y que necesitaba para refinanciar y pagar mis cuentas. Traté de búsqueda de préstamos de varias firmas de préstamos privados y corporativos y bancos, pero nunca con éxito, y la mayoría de los bancos decliné mi crédito. Yo estaba buscando a través de Internet en el 01 de junio, y luego vi un testimonio de una señora Anais Harvey quien consiguió su préstamo de BERNARDINVESTMENTLOANCOMPANY, entonces me puse en contacto Sra Anais Harvey saber más sobre BERNARDINVESTMENT Servicio de Préstamo, luego me dio BERNARDINVESTMENT Loan Company detalles de correo electrónico, entonces me puse en contacto el prestamista de préstamos privados y co_operate, y él me dio un préstamo de 185.000 dólares y hoy soy la creación de un buen negocio y mis hijos están haciendo bien en este momento, si tiene que ponerse en contacto con cualquier empresa con referencia a asegurar un préstamo sin garantía, sin verificación de crédito, sin fiador con tasa de interés de sólo el 2% y mejores planes de pago y el horario, por favor póngase en contacto con BERNARDINVESTMENTLIMITED. contactar con él a través de su correo electrónico: {bernardinvestmentlimited@hotmail.com} .I quieren a Dios que lo bendiga para mí, porque él me ha hecho quien soy hoy.

berry: 02:18 PM, Mon 29 Jun 2015
I’m Henry Donald by name. I live in CANADA, i want to use this medium to alert all loan seekers to be very careful because there are scam everywhere.Few months ago I was financially strained, and due to my desperation I was scammed by several online lenders. I had almost lost hope until a friend of mine referred me to a very reliable lender called BERRY LOANS COMPANY FROM USA who lend me an unsecured loan of $50,000 under 3hours without any stress. If you are in need of any kind of loan just contact him now via: berryloansfirm@hotmail.com I‘m using this medium to alert all loan seekers because of the hell I passed through in the hands of those fraudulent lenders. And I don’t wish even my enemy to pass through such hell that I passed through in the hands of those fraudulent online lenders,i will also want you to help me pass this information to others who are also in need of a loan once you have also receive your loan from BERRY LOANS COMPANY FROM USA, i pray that God should give him long life. Email; berryloansfirm@hotmail.com

Lynn Good: 03:45 PM, Tue 30 Jun 2015
HOW I GOT A LOAN FROM BERNARDINVESTMENTLIMITEDLOANCOMPANY. I'm Lynn Good by name, from Auatralia, I am a widow at the moment with three kids and i was stuck in a financial situation in March 2015 and i needed to refinance and pay my bills. I tried seeking loans from various loan firms both private and corporate and banks but never with success, and most banks declined my credit. I was searching through the internet on the 1st of June, then i saw a testimony from one Mrs Anais Harvey who got her loan from BERNARDINVESTMENTLOANCOMPANY, then i contacted Mrs Anais Harvey to know more about BERNARDINVESTMENT Loan Service, then he gave me BERNARDINVESTMENT Loan Company email details, then i contacted the loan lender both private and co_operate, and he gave me a loan of $185,000 and today am setting up a good business and my kids are doing well at the moment, if you must contact any firm with reference to securing a loan without collateral , no credit check, no co signer with just 2% interest rate and better repayment plans and schedule, please contact BERNARDINVESTMENTLIMITED. contact him through his email: {bernardinvestmentlimited@hotmail.com }.I want God to bless him for me because he has made me who i am today.

Timothy: 01:13 PM, Wed 01 Jul 2015
Hello everyone my name is Timothy candy, am here to testify how i was scammed by various loan lender from this site.I was in need of a loan and i applied from various loan lenders from this very site.They asked me to pay some amount of money at different basis but i never get my loan.This was how i lost the sum of 5000USD .I was now in debt because i borrowed the money from a friend.One day a friend of mine introduce me to William paul.He told me how he has helped him with loan at several cases without any delay.I was scared and never believe him.He urge me to trust him,this was how i was introduce to him through his email{williamfinance@hotmail.com}.He told me he will offer me the loan that i only need to comply with them.I did as he told me and without any delay,i received my loan as he earlier promise. Am here to tell you that most of the loan lenders in this site are scammers. If you truly need a genuine loan please meet William Paul through his email williamfinance@hotmail.com.He is a registered reliable loan lender.

Lynn Good: 03:36 PM, Wed 01 Jul 2015
HOW I GOT A LOAN FROM BERNARDINVESTMENTLIMITEDLOANCOMPANY. I'm Lynn Good by name, from Auatralia, I am a widow at the moment with three kids and i was stuck in a financial situation in March 2015 and i needed to refinance and pay my bills. I tried seeking loans from various loan firms both private and corporate and banks but never with success, and most banks declined my credit. I was searching through the internet on the 1st of June, then i saw a testimony from one Mrs Anais Harvey who got her loan from BERNARDINVESTMENTLOANCOMPANY, then i contacted Mrs Anais Harvey to know more about BERNARDINVESTMENT Loan Service, then he gave me BERNARDINVESTMENT Loan Company email details, then i contacted the loan lender both private and co_operate, and he gave me a loan of $185,000 and today am setting up a good business and my kids are doing well at the moment, if you must contact any firm with reference to securing a loan without collateral , no credit check, no co signer with just 2% interest rate and better repayment plans and schedule, please contact BERNARDINVESTMENTLIMITED. contact him through his email: {bernardinvestmentlimited@hotmail.com }.I want God to bless him for me because he has made me who i am today.

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