There are few cities in the world like this cultural amalgamation of European, Asian, and Australian culture. I studied abroad in the city of Melbourne in the spring of 2013. I enjoyed my time there, but it was the first time that I’ve ever actually lived in a metropolitan setting. I can tell you this, it was a change from semirural New England. It took some time, but I learned to appreciate the bustle of the sidewalks and the constant droning of the urban buzz in my ears.
My favorite part of the city was its cultural diversity. Melbourne is an extremely internationally friendly city and I met people from countries all over the world. Saudi Arabia, China, England, you name it. There were even a few Americans here or there that I immediately bonded with. It’s no coincidence that Melbourne has been named the most livable city in the world for the past six years and attracts a variety of citizens from all over the globe.