We can proudly announce that we have been Hobartians for over two months now. Although it wasn’t love at first sight, we are warming up to the city and enjoying everything it has to offer us. Guess you just have to get to know Tassie’s capital city before you can appreciate and love it.
About a year ago, we found ourselves a cute little cottage through Airbnb. Our host Danielle is a welcoming, undertaking and caring person who gave us the chance to rent her Freya cottage for five months in a row. The cottage is in a suburb called Dynnyrne, just at the base of Mt. Wellington near the Waterworks reserve & the Cascade brewery. The views are superb, lush and green and it takes you about five minutes to go for a trail run in the forests. This also means that when you are biking home you will have tackle a series of hills and you will arrive panting, heaving and soaking in sweat. Very sexy. I guess I will come home looking like a professional bike rider with calves the size of bread loaves. Always look on the bright side?
When arriving in our cottage, after the trip with my parents, Remo had already been living and studying here for two weeks. And when I say studying I mean going to the student-welcoming parties, cliff jumping with his new-made friends, running around in the hills, playing frisbee and becoming a member of the climbing society :). It also meant that we got the chance to unpack, decorate and set up everything the way we wanted. Boy, was I excited! Putting our tent somewhere in a cupboard, emptying our backpacks, giving our clothes a space in a closet and having our own kitchen! We had a homebase with a solid bed and we didn’t have to share it with others or check out the next morning before 10 am! We got to get up, make our breakfast when and how we wanted, and I didn’t have to run around carrying my backpack every day. We both felt energized and enthusiastic. In the end change of food makes one eat and it felt good.
Hobart is Australia’s second-oldest city and southernmost capital. You have Mt. Wellington for the mountain & climbing freaks and the Derwent River for the water fanatics. It’s difficult to explain why it wasn’t love at first sight with this city. I guess we have been comparing it a bit too much with Melbourne. Hobart is very different. It’s smaller, has a colder climate and isn’t as cosmopolitan and self-assured as Melbourne. But with time, you come to appreciate the city. The fact that it’s small means that it doesn’t take that much time to get to know the ins and outs. It also means that you will be able to navigate yourselves through the city quite rapidly. There are also just a handful of places to go for a coffee, a good lunch or a beer. So, you won’t suffer from indecision. There are also numerous markets, festivals, concerts and museums to keep you busy. The MONA museum is of course a must-see as is the state cinema and its adjacent bookshop and cafe. But give us some more time and we will be able to publish a full-on Hobart-experience article.
So, what’s the plan for now? Remo is working his way through assignments and courses and I am looking for a job. Truth be told that isn’t as easy as I expected. I kind of thought that employers would be welcoming me with open arms. A Belgian-Australian girl with a big smile? Not so true. At the moment, I’m sort of giving up on the working scenario and I am working on a volunteer based-doing courses and going on more trips scenario. To be honest I also prefer the latter ?. Tasmania might be small but there are so many places we still need to discover.
- Literal translation of the dutch: “veranderen van spijs doet eten”
- English equivalents
- Variety is the spice of life
- Change is good