This thread's inspired by Indjo, who was talking to me about Indonesia in another thread.
I have a health condition that means I am unable to travel, so I'll never get to visit any of the great places around the world that I've always wanted to see.
This forum has people from every corner of the planet, and I thought it'd be really neat if we could share some info about of our homelands with other members who may never have been there (or even heard of it!).
And one or two pics of favourite features would be cool, too. :)
I live in Melbourne, Australia, which is on the very bottom of the mainland, across the Tasman sea from Tasmania. It's a very short ferry ride (well, an overnight one!) to Tassie, which is an amazing and beautiful place.
Melbourne is the second largest city in area in the world. It takes about two hours or more in good traffic to drive across from one outermost suburb to the other.
One thing I like about living here is that nature is never very far away. An hour or less in any direction from where I live you can find native bushlands, full of cockatoos and wallabies, pretty fern gullies with creeks full of precious stones.. And even in the city, we get visits from corellas and possums, I even saw some ibis and a pelican once. There's feral foxes living right in the city center, along with pairs of peregrine falcons who love nesting on top of the buildings.
Running through the middle of the city is the Yarra River, which we joke is 'upside down' because it's full of clay sediment and looks yellow/brown most of the time.
It's a pretty friendly place. People aren't scared to talk to strangers or help a neighbour out here and there's immigrants from all over the world who have settled in Melbourne, so lots of cultures (and omg, food.. from Afghan to Thai to Turkish to Sudanese.. I can eat pretty much everything, from everywhere!)
Melbourne's all about culture and sub-culture, so there's lots of art galleries and concert halls, as well as goth and metal clubs and the like. We have some amazing sculptures around the city, my favourite one is this piece by Deborah Halpern, called 'Angel':
Here's a pic of the docklands area of the city at night:
And the central train station at Flinders Street:
The Botanic Gardens, where I used to work:
And our trams, which are all airconditioned modern things now. I miss the old ones, which were sometimes painted..
And this is my favourite restaurant, in Windsor, where I lived for many years. It's called Borsch, Vodka and Tears (it's Polish.. if you can't tell, lol) and has 300 varieties of vodka and absinthe (which I adore). They have gypsy violinists play during dinner, too, sometimes.
So. What's your homeland like?