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Melbourne_the world's most livable city?!?

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I know it's been a while since I last had the chance to share my thoughts and experiences with you, but life has just kept me busy for the past weeks.
I finally arrived here in Melbourne on Feb. 16th, and already the flight was hilarious as I was sitting next to this 18 year-old Northern Irish girl from a family of 16 siblings who had never been on a plane before and kept on asking me all sorts of different questions...so I can watch telly here and listen to music...and order drinks for free??? (She would then ask the stewardess for a smirnoff ice. Bless her !).
My arrival in Melbourne was pretty smooth. I got picked up by a Melbourne uni shuttle service at 6 am which dropped me off at a friend's place in the outer suburbs. There I quickly had a shower and went straight to uni orientation which started at 9 am. Have to admit I was in my own jet-lag world for the whole day, but luckily orientation went on for another week.

Friday I then started with the house hunting, I just couldn't sit still and felt this urge to get out there and look for my special place to start life in Melbourne. Already a day later after having seen a couple of terrible flats/houses I had an appointment with Greg and Ben at their house in Fitzroy and immediately felt in love with the place. It's a lightfilled 4-bedroom victorian house with terrace and backyard and I still can't believe how lucky I am that the guys told me I could move in a day later.Fitzroy also seems to be a very arty suburb. There's lots of funky small shops and tons of cafés on closeby Brunswick Street.

My lovely housemates have also organized me a bike and helmet (everybody has to wear them here so at least I'm not the only one looking stupid;)) and within ten minutes I can cycle to Uni or the city centre. How cool is that?!

Uni is fun too. The system here is quite different to what I'm used to at European universities, much more organized and they are definitely taking good care of their international students. During the first week they would have a free barbecue (aka barbie ;)) on Uni campus almost every day and we got lots of other goodies.

Meanwhile I have started with my classes and will be taking two in Aboriginal studies, one in advanced photography (need to decorate my new room) and one Spanish class (have to practice or I will forget)
I also became a member of the Melbourne Uni Underwater Club and will finally go diving again. Can't wait .
The funniest club I joined is the Lunch Club it consists of people who like good food and like to check out a new restaurant for lunch every two weeks. Yummy food and meeting new people sounds like a good combination to me.

And on the weekend I went to the the beach in Brighton and was enjoying a beautiful day in the sun. Sunday a few other International students and I organized our own Barbie in the park and I got to play some American footbal, Indian cricket and German soccer . Later in the afternoon we went to a street festival with lots of stages and different kind of bands. So far Melbourne rocks big time!

Posted by steff 00:00

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