I used to think London was expensive, but it seems comparably cheaper than Sydney. IN my last two months of living in Sydney I was working in a cafe. Therefore I had to live to a much smaller budget. Back to student life style. So how do you live in one of the most expensive cities in the world?
Melbourne is the rival city to Sydney, known as the “cultural” capital of Australia. Many people who I have spoken with, often say Melbourne is “just like Europe”. I think there are many differences, but the café, restaurant and night culture can be seen as similar to some parts of France, UK and Spain. Since living in Australia, I have visited Melbourne or “Melbs” several times and therefore I wanted to share with others the top attractions to visit in this “cultural capital”.
A short drive to the south west of Melbourne, is the Mornington Peninsula. One of Melbourne’s most famous attractions stretched over 100km, it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is so much to do here, people often come for a mini holiday, for some rest and relaxtion, spending time playing golf, visiting the vineyards, markets and spas.
The Mornington Penninsula is most well known for its vineyards especially its, pinot noir. There are more than 50 cellar door to visit which are open on most days until 5pm. Red Hill is the main area for the vineyards and the estate is one of the oldest areas in the region. Visiting the vineyards is fun whatever the weather. I went in the winter when it was rainy and cloudy in the winter, but there was an open fire inside keeping the guests toasty and warm (and yes it can get cold in Australia). Many of the cellar doors have a restaurant where customers can enjoy the panoramic views of the vineyards. In summer, there are quiet a few Melbournians who have their wedding receptions at these venues.
Happy Chinese New Year and Welcome Year of the Horse!
2014 was my third New Year in Australia and second in Sydney. Sydney has a lot of events taking place from the 24th of Jan to the 9th of February to welcome in the horse. The end of the festival concluded with the Twilight Parade down George Street and into China Town which I attended.
2014 is the Year of the Wooden Horse. Wooden Horses have a better ability to make decisions, they are strong and stable. Even if you are not a Wooden Horse, I feel it is better to make a decision then to umm and ahhh about something for weeks and months.
Were you born in the Year of the Horse? Below are the years:
1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002