Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Goodbye, Melbourne

Well, this is my first-ever blog posting (for someone claiming to work in the technology industry, it's well overdue) and it's going to be a slightly bitter-sweet one.

First, the sweet part - I'm leaving for London in a couple of days and, with a new city full of new things to do and explore, not to mention a new job and all the travel I've got planned, the next couple of years should be lots of fun.

Now to the bitter part - my temporary life of leisure is about to come to an abrupt end. Having only done about 2 weeks of (fairly gentle) work in the last 3 months, I've grown used to waking up late, doing the crossword over breakfast, tuning in to the morning, afternoon, evening and late-night news and taking regular naps between meals. But with a new job looming on the horizon and a new boss with (I'm hoping fairly low) expectations to manage, this is all about to change ... but I always knew my luck couldn't last for ever, so I shouldn't complain that much.

I'm actually pretty grateful that during the last few weeks I've had the time to do all the Melbourne-things that I'm going to miss when I'm away. Like eating sushi at that little place in Port Phillip arcade, losing money playing mahjong and poker, eating out (a lot), swimming at the Prahran pool, shopping at the Prahran market, sitting in the sun out the back of my apartment listening to the traffic on Dandenong Rd ... all those good things. I wonder if the traffic in London will sound as sweet? I guess I'll find out soon enough ...

To those Melbourne-based people reading this blog - take care and stay in touch (don't just say you will, actually do it). Cheers.