Tuesday, March 29, 2016


The beauty of living in a large city like Melbourne is that there are always new places to explore even if you've been living here most of your life. For people who tire easily from routine the potential to see something new and different can keep you sane while living in the same place for an extended amount of time. It gives life a sense of adventure and lets you escape momentarily from the repetition that accompanies being settled in the city you live in. 

The Merri Creek and adjoining Capital City Trail which goes to the Abbotsford Convent (home to Lentils as anything and a vibrant community hub) as well as the CBD is a bike path that I've newly discovered despite living here most of my life and recommend doing next time you have a few hours spare. 

The path winds around Merri creek and is surrounded by the green of Australian gumtrees rather than traffic and houses. For a lot of the path there is only the sound of water moving through the creek and the occasional cyclist or jogger passing to keep you company. 

On the way there are looming grey bridges covered by colourful graffiti, green grassy hills, Dights Falls (there is something really therapeutic about watching the water cascade) and finally Collingwood Children's Farm, where you ride past horses, sheep and other farm animals on your way to Abbotsford Convent. 

I felt like I was transported to a place different from the Melbourne I'm used too, like a less cool version of Berlin.