Back to Melbourne…Again

Between leaving Sydney and arriving in Wellington, I had close to a week in Melbourne. In case you’ve forgotten, I spent a year in Melbourne, not including the times before I started the East Coast in 2018. I might not have intended for my time in the city to go that way, but it proved that it’s more of a home to me than anywhere I’ve found in Australia so far.

That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed other places. Sydney has been great, Brisbane was nice but small and Perth very chilled (I won’t list everywhere, it’ll take too long) but Melbourne fit. The best thing is, whether or not that’s where I choose to go back to in the future, or elsewhere in the country, it’s not hard to get back there.

Or, if I do choose Melbourne, I can still visit my friends in Sydney and other places pretty easily!

A few reunions

The whole point of coming back here was to see some old friends. I worked in a bar, in a hostel and other jobs over my time here. I met people through meetups and events, too, so I wanted to see as many as possible – and I did!

It involved a lot of drinking and eating out, but it was worth it. It was good to relax, catch up on the news and changes and talk about what’s coming next. It felt like it was over in a flash, and before I knew it, I was packing up again to get ready for another flight.

Most importantly, though, I finally tried ramen for the first time – AND I LOVED IT!

A fitting way to end my time in Australia

It actually feels kind of fitting that I got to see my favourite comedian, Dylan Moran, in one of my favourite cities with some of the best people I’ve met so far. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end this leg of the adventure than by laughing for almost two hours constantly and enjoying a few drinks after.

Anyone on this side of the world, if you get a chance to see Moran’s Dr Cosmic tour, do it. I promise you won’t regret it. If you’ve missed it, wait for the DVD and watch it as soon as you can. I won’t describe anything to avoid spoilers.

First impressions of Wellington

So, I’ve been in Wellington, New Zealand for a couple of weeks now. I don’t have much to say yet, as there’ll be a full post in the next week or so, but I can tell you it’s a windy place! It might be the specific location (Melbourne also seems to have its own weather patterns and logic) but the scenery is stunning – even the surrounding area!

The buildings look a lot quirkier, too. There are still modern ones and towers in the CBD but even then, plenty of the buildings that give the place character. I’m looking forward to finding out more, so stay tuned!

Why Writers Make Incredible Friends

Hey guys, just a short one tonight. I’m going to have a longer post for you after the Easter weekend but this was something I found interesting and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

I was contacted last week by someone who came across my blog. They found this post from the New Year where I linked to an external article – shock horror! This person linked me to an infographic they made about why writers make incredible friends, and I guess I’m a little biased but I’d have to say it’s true!

I’m cautious of many approaches to my blog about this kind of stuff – I want it to be valuable to you guys and avoid spammy linkbuilders, as I detail here – but this seems interesting. My favourites are numbers 4, 6 and, of course, 8!

Just for the record, I’m not bigging myself – or other writers – up here. I’m selective of my friends as it is, and I like to think I’m a good friend too but that’s not to say non-writers are crap friends as they’re really not. The labels don’t really help here, I guess.

As always, you’ll have to judge for yourself but everyone should have at least one writer friend!

Why Writers Make Incredible Friends infographic