Melbourne; Four Seasons in One Day
I go back to Melbourne as often as I can. As the aircraft hovers over the city I see a giant patchwork quilt of fields and rows and rows of terracotta roofs, the first sign of suburbia. As I survey the view I feel a sense of excitement to see this city once again. I sigh with contentment. There is a certain safety and security that comes from returning to a place that is familiar and cherished. As I collect my bags from the airport carousel and head for the doors to the city beyond a sharp gust of chilly wind reminds me I am indeed in Melbourne. I button my coat and tighten scarf around me and brace myself for the sharp, icy impact. I am home!
"Marvellous Melbourne," they say. They also say, "Melbourne; four seasons in one day!" And there is no denying that. No party or picnic can be planned without careful analysis (and re-analysis) of the weather forecast. No party goer leaves the house without a jumper, "just in case". From the high, dry 40's in summer down to the frosts of winter, weather is a definite conversation starter not only for Melbournians but also for the visitors. When it's hot, there's always a fervent wish for the next cool change and when it's cold there's a holiday booked for Queensland, Thailand, Bali; anywhere with a temperature higher than 15 C. On return from a Melbourne holiday the conversation predictably begins, "How was Melbourne? How was the weather?"
However, in spite of the horribly unpredictable weather Melbourne is a city with projections of incredible population growth. I drove away from the state in a car that had a number plate boasting 'Victoria on the move.' I remember smugly thinking, "On the move alright! On the move to warmer weather.' But now, I wonder about the move for warmer weather. Is weather a superficial reason for moving? What is it about Melbourne that calls so loudly to so many in spite of its annoyingly inconsistent weather? What is it about this city that continues to tug at my heart strings, that sees me going home to visit as often as I can? Stay tuned as I further explore the city of my birth.
Have you moved away from your birthplace in search of better weather? Has this move helped make you a happier person?