I’ve been only 6 months staying here in Australia and I can tell that I love it here. Melbourne is different from Seoul. Although both of these cities are just as urbanized, Melbourne feels different. Of course, it could be the people or the people; sometimes I miss seeing Korean symbols. But I think coming here to Melbourne is a fresh experience.
I had to make some adjustments coming here. First of all, I had to really accustom myself on how people speak. I have been taught English since I was little, but how actual people speak the language I had only a scant of an idea. The accent is very difficult to take sometimes. I could understand people at the uni, but when I go outside and buy, people’s accent would be very much pronounced. Sometimes I don’t get what they are saying at all, and I feel embarrassed how couldn’t reply properly every time I’m on a conversation. Over time, I had learned how to understand them. My friends at the dorm are all Aussies and they would help me understand the words by sounding them out. Sometimes they would even force me to speak with the accent, but I just can’t; I fail every time.
Food was also very different. I miss the noodles and kimchi my mom used to make me back home, and now I just can’t have it. Well there’s one near the bay but I still miss mom’s. When I don’t miss Korean food, I’d have to settle with steaks and chips. They’re not altogether unpleasant; they’re quite good. The chips I eat at night when I study. Then there’s some more exotic stuff I had eaten, like the kangaroo meat (poor kangaroo) and emu at a restaurant Jacob brought us into. They don’t taste bad.
It’s the start of my second year and it’s quite hot here in Melbourne. Seoul’s relatively colder, which is good since I do not have to wear heavy coats going around the city. Everywhere I look people are always bustling and busy. Port Phillip is lovely at night, when it reflects all the city lights and mirror the skyscrapers. Sometimes I bike around the city during weekends to really observe everything, the people, cars and just how everything works in this city.
I haven’t gone around Melbourne and explored it to its fullest. What with all these assignments, I can only go to the grocery shop or bookstore. Maybe during the break I could find time and enjoy it some more. Until next time!