"Trash & Treasure"
This was my second time in Melbourne, having lived there a total of 3 years.
At the height of the hipster culture, of which Melbourne is undeniably one of it's major hubs, I was constantly in awe at the contrast between the freedom people felt and the reminder that Australia is after all a nanny state.
I loved how culture always felt so accessible, far from the snobbism you'd meet in other big "western" cities. People still showed excitement and willingness to initiate a variety of projects, whether in arts, social causes or leisure. The eagerness to "be your own man" was almost palpable and showing entrepreneurship was a widespread quality, I met many multi-talented hard working people.
Of course, the fast growing economy of the country helped a lot to insure a quality of life and provide opportunities for people who were willing.
Above all, Melbournians, like most Australians, proved again and again that they know how to have fun and enjoy life to the fullest.