Adelaide freelance writer and photographer.
Published February 21st 2015
Spending my early twenties amongst the hustle and bustle of Melbourne treated me an array of glorious experiences and a culture like no other.
Melbourne and Sydney have been rated as some of the best cities in the word, and indeed they deserve to be. However, the razzle and dazzle of the East Coast can create an attitude of self-certainty and, perhaps, an aphoristic idea of superiority. I recognise now that I was wrapped up in existing as an "it" girl in an "it city", until love brought me to Adelaide.
As an outsider, it can be a hard city to crack. In the five months I've been here, there have been times I haven't fit in or felt very comfortable, or sometimes just caught up with basic survival. I did, however, come to appreciate Adelaide for the amazing place it is, and the wonderful people who call it home. In an effort to help others acclimatise to the wonders of Adelaide, I have put together a few tips that can help you make it your home.
1. Stop saying "Well, back in (insert city here)."
How would you feel if someone kept comparing your home? You too would be offended. Remember, you are in different place and you should treat it as such. Notice the differences, but stop comparing them, and you will make a lot more friends in the process.
2. Don't be scared of new things, and don't limit yourself. Try new experiences.
Use online communities such as meetup.com; do short courses, get out and about, and just talk, talk, talk! People are friendly when you just make an effort. Use this new place to do things you have always wanted to do. I'm learning Italian and have enrolled to try paddle boarding. Check out the WEA for courses.
My passion is coffee, so I found a plethora of good coffee establishments that help me enjoy my time. Whether it's a good gym, cafe, movie theatre or a bar, find your regular so you have some sense of home.
My favourite coffee @ BAR9
4. Use the beautiful things in Adelaide to your advantage.
Adelaide is home to some of the best wineries in the world. It has wonderful food, perfect beaches, and all of this very close to the city. As another plus, it's easy to get around, so why not get going?