Here in Victoria you often have to sleep with some nice animals.... They're so big that you can clearly see the 'ugly face' they have! Try to tell to anyone you had a guest:
'oh, in queensland you can find some as big as a dish! anyway there's no danger, that kind of spider wouldn't bite you.... a lot of people keeps them in their houses just because they kill any other annoying insect.... not me... but a lot people does!'
weather: Melbourne four season in a day..... If you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes! well.... it's true! remember to always have a jacket or something similar with you! Temperature can raise an fall in a minute. And never forget a total protection sun creme, they really DON'T have ozone and skin cancer is one of the top ten ilness down there... take care!
Australians will normally split (share) the restaurant bill.
We will ask people on meeting them 'how are you' we don't expect an answer as it is just a greeting. Like G'day.
We call people 'mate' usually other men but sometimes woman, please note this is the same as 'buddy' as used by Americans. It is not a term used in a sexual way, as in 'my mate'!
Melbourne has become famous around the world for its street art culture. After the birth of stencil art in Britain, Melbourne has embraced this form and many suburbs of Melbourne now contain some stencils, mostly near train stations.
The main areas that art can be found in Melbourne are St Kilda, Fitzroy, Carlton, and the Melbourne central business district.
Known as the 'Race that stops a nation', Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in Melbourne. Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November each year and is a great excuse to don a fancy hat and dress and drink champagne till the cows (or horses) come home.
Apart from Cricket these people like 'Footy' many of us known as Australian Football. The Footy seasons starts (hope) during the month of Feb & March and goes until August. Almost every weekend there is match at the 'Telstra Dome' Indoor stadium (One of its class). Just buy a ticket to know how they play the Footy....you will be quite amazed...and will soon like it.
The Age is the local broadsheet, and in these days of maximising corporate profits, they've resisted the temptation to go tabloid like the former broadsheet the Courier Mail.
I've always enjoyed reading The Age for its insightful perspectives and its quality of journalism is undoubtably one of the best in Australia. Their international news section do regularly carry reports and editorials that the BBC had not yet touched on which is why I like The Age. Even now that I'm based in Brisbane, I still read The Age online on a daily basis as not every newsagents interstate sell newspapers from other cities due to the high cost of transporting them overnight. But still, the online version is adequate to catch up on what's happening.
Melbourne isn't a big city but it punches well above it's weight in plenty of categories. There's so many places to eat and drink, festivals and event, exhibitions and gigs and markets and all the rest. We've visited a few times and know our way around but really felt we could have used some help from a savvy local.
If you've got a friend like that in the city it's a big help. We were recommended Localing by my sister and found the service really helpful. We had Dan take us on a great day tour but the unique thing about the Localing service was all the extra stuff. They gave us a mobile to use while we were in the city and whenever we wanted to do anything we just called them up and asked for recommendations. That's how we found Misty's bar and the Ciglo rooftop, a really great cafe near our hotel called Cherry and Twigs. This last one was definitely our best trip to Melbourne and Localing were a big part of that.
In Melbourne there is a huge number of Italians!!! People that emigrated after the IIWW and new Italians like myself looking for a better life.
In many areas people still speak Italian so a suggestion would be to come to the CIS (Centre of Italian Studies) where I work and learn this beautiful language!!! :)
Be aware of Maria and Micky... :)
PHOTO: FLOWERING SHRUBS IN THE FITZROY GARDENS.
This is only one of the many gardens and parks in Melbourne. Melbourne is a tram city but it is even more a walking city. Residents walk everywhere and especially along the Yarra River that runs through central Melbourne.
A good local custom seems to be strolling along the streets of St Kilda. I forgot the name of this particular street, but it is full of cake shops and cloth shops!
It gave me such a great pleasure to see the book by Fidel prominently displayed at the bookstore at the MEL airport.
Viva Fidel.. Viva Australia
Melbourne was the first city to have prams, this is definantley cultural to the city, Sydney in the late 90's announced trams, yes SYDNEY is un-original in this term :)
this fellow is not a aussie and that upsets me a bit.
maybe dad will invent a aussie character for me.
I remember that when I was a child I loved stranger coins whit a hole in the middle... in australia thwey have holes with stars (50) windmills (10) and compass? (20)