I am sitting at a Middle Eastern cafe called Zaatar, in Coburg, a cosy suburb in Melbourne. Lined with Arab and Turkish cafes, Pakistani dress boutiques, and Indian restaurants, the place feels close to home. I order a chamomile tea and a piece of baklava so I can sit here and write my fist blog post since May.
I am in Melbourne for many reasons. Being a freelance photographer gives me the freedom to work from anywhere. I like moving office once in a while and this seemed like a good place to get my creativity flowing. Apart from my shoot here, I will also be traveling around Australia and am hoping to visit Brisbane and the Gold Coast in a few days.
I landed on a Thursday night, straight into Fall season. It’s been chilly, but a refreshing change from the oppressive heat in Colombo in May. The best part of my flight was flying over Hong Kong during my transit. Definitely a place I’d like to visit in the future.
I started my first day in the city with a walk through the graffiti alleyways of Melbourne, followed by brunch at Manchester Press. I then shopped for a pair of boots in Melbourne Central, had Chinese for dinner at Oriental Teahouse and ice cream from Nitro Lab.
Over the weekend I attended a Sri Lankan/Australian mix wedding at a kovil and a Great Gatsby themed tea party organised by USMA (United Sri Lankan Muslim Association).
The last few weeks have taken me to different corners of Melbourne, all which deserve their own posts. Some of the highlights of my trip have included getting an Instagram account. Please follow me on my trips and watch me struggle with my Nexus 4 phone camera. Other additions to my technological bubble have included Spotify, Yelp and PTV (information about Melbourne’s public transport).
My next post:)