Melbourne, Australia

An "Asienated" Australia


Emma, ​​Juliet and Jimmy
Three Taiwanese friends and colleagues at one of Melbourne's university residences.
Megalopole Dynamics
Boat and tram pass by Melbourne's CBD (Central Business District) at dusk.
massive crossing
Pedestrians cross the road in front of Flinders Station, Melbourne's main rail interface.
trip for three
Asian friends share one of the carriages that travel through Melbourne city centre.
party off
Couple outside Luna Park in Melbourne.
hyperbolic chess
Passersby stop to follow a game of chess in a city street.
British Heritage
Friends from a college in the city laugh at colleagues who are about to arrive.
different heights
A Melbourne skyscraper, in stark contrast to the church opposite and the outer homes of the CBD (Central Business District).
Recycling Architecture
Summit of Melbourne Central Shopping Central.
The other library function
Residents enjoy the comfort of the lawn in front of the city library.
women vs men
Underground bathrooms with a classic look.
Grid panorama
Central Business District seen from inside the Yarra building, part of Federation Square.
Scott, American acrobat
A street performer juggles apples near the Yarra building in Fed Square.
urban symbiosis
An outdoor cafe, housed behind St. Paul's Church, one of Melbourne's most iconic.
Luna Park
Facade of Melbourne's Luna Park in St Kilda.
tribune tower
Top of one of the city's neo-gothic skyscrapers.
city ​​of arcades
Passersby pass through one of Melbourne's many arcades, occupied by bars and restaurants.
imminent photo
Visitor prepares to photograph the facade of the city's museum.
colonial supremacy
Australian and Aboriginal flags fly atop the Melbourne Museum building.
Paris to Aussie Fashion
A replica of the Eiffel Tower at Melbourne's Arts Center.
Cultural capital aussie, Melbourne is also frequently voted the best quality of life city in the world. Nearly a million eastern emigrants took advantage of this immaculate welcome.

Australia, and Melbourne in particular, have become destinations of choice for learning the English language.

Aware of the urgency of this and other opportunities, endowed with scholarships and subsidies from their states, young Chinese, Taiwanese, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Japanese and Koreans flock to the south of the country.

Athey adapt among compatriots and live their new ozzie lives to the full.

Western visitors like us start to wonder at the abundance of Asians on the Big Island. Over time, they get used to the unexpected ethnic deviation. Some are inspired by it.

As we enter the futuristic Federation Square, Scott, an American acrobat touring Oceania, performs.

He kicks off his comedic juggling act with a snide: “Hi everyone, it's wonderful to be back in Australasia. Speaking of Asia, I can see that you Chinese are also multiplying well here!”.

A street performer juggles apples near the Yarra building in Fed Square.

It's not just the Chinese. Well counted, Asians in general are already over 800.000, 20% of Melbourne's population.

On any given weekday, Federation Square displays its kind of eruption of steel, glass and abstract geometry. It works as a privileged meeting point and promotes the city's great ethnic diversity.

Central Business District seen from inside the Yarra building, part of Federation Square.

The River Yarra's River and Social Frontier

It is right next to it that we find its river vein, the Yarra River that establishes another symbolic landmark of the colonization of Australia.

The Yarra was important to the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wathaurong aborigines who knew it as the river that “flows forever”.

Today, as the riverside lamps warm up the twilight, the terraces on its promenade fill with people who have recently been freed from their jobs.

As we enjoyed for almost an hour on end, determined rowing teams make the rounds of the Yarra, in the good manner of Oxford or Cambridge.

Victoria Town Planning

Rowers train on the Yarra River.

The river also divides competitive Melbourne geographically and socially.

“Crossing the river” is an expression that locals often resort to and reflects the rift that exists between the working-class zones of the north bank – Fitz Roy, Collingwood, Carlton and Brunswick and the aristocrats of the south – Saint Kilda and Prahan .

Real like those of other metropolises, the rivalry has dramatic repercussions. Some inhabitants of these neighborhoods spend months without visiting the other side.

Mia and Tony

Trolley stops at a downtown stop.

The Almond-eyed Immigrants from the Gold Fever of Vitoria

Those who arrived with Asian origin, these, for the most part try to prosper in the more distant suburbs.

They fight for success, with greater concentration in the southeast of the city and, some of them, business from China in Chinatown, formed in 1850, at the beginning of the emigration to the big island caused by the Victoria's gold rush.

Around that time, along with the almond-eyed miners, investors arrived in brothels, opium parlors, boarding houses and herbalists. Today, as in so many others around the world, the neighborhood is dominated by countless restaurants with roasted ducks hanging outside.

It retains a semi-saloon atmosphere for the sterility standards of the sophisticated center of Melbourne.

Sophisticated Garden Spaces on Both Sides of Rio

During the day, the adjacent green spaces of Birrarung Marr and the Alexandra and Queen Victoria Gardens are authentic playgrounds in which Melbourne photosynthesises.

Then, as night falls, the SouthBank Promenade comes alive in style.

When the oarsmen move away and no boat plows the waters of the Yarra, the water mirror recovers. It offers us the colorful reflection of Flinders Station and its influential Business District.

rowing in oceania

Combination of buildings with different architectures from the center of Melbourne, illuminated at dusk.

In the heart of Australia's financial stand, the Eureka Tower, four other of the six tallest buildings in the nation, stands out.

And also five of its biggest companies in terms of market capitalization:

ANZ bank, BHP Billiton (the world's number one mining company) and competitor Rio Tinto, National Bank of Australia and telecommunications company Telstra.

A Melbourne skyscraper, in stark contrast to the church opposite and the outer homes of the CBD (Central Business District).

A Quality of Life that Few Other Cities Offer

Not all Melbornians made the fortunes of the owners and top managers of these companies.

Still, most have seen and see a kind of Australian Dream come true.

Villas with carefully landscaped or cultivated backyards and, here and there, close to the “promised” acre (about a thousand square meters) occupy large extensions of the surroundings and define another delightful urban landscape.

The quality of life they provide, made up of successive outdoor moments – reading, barbecues, sports, etc. – is enviable. All this just over an hour from Great Ocean Road and the majestic coastline of the south of the Big Island.

By ferry or plane, also the world apart from Tassie, the other big island in Australia

Contributes to Melbourne being frequently ranked among the five most welcoming cities in the world.

Passersby stop to follow a game of chess in a city street.

The Easy Integration of Thousands of Asian Newcomers

Asian migrants enjoy hospitality as much as they can. Newly-settled people with immeasurable ambitions for academic and business success tend to fall in love with the city's eclectic atmosphere.

We stroll along Swanston Street and pass Victoria's imposing State Library.

If it weren't for the Victorian architecture, we would be fooled into thinking that we were in some new square in Hong Kong or Taipei.

Such is the number of oriental teenagers enjoying the favorable weather in the front garden.

Residents enjoy the comfort of the lawn in front of the city library.

Inside, the setting repeats itself in the majestic reading rooms of La Trobe and Dome.

Later, when we tried to photograph someone with an unmistakably Aussie look in another part of the city, we despaired and ended up approaching young Asians as well.

Shy but willful.

British Heritage II

A couple from Shanghai settled and visibly comfortable in Melbourne.

Mia and Tony are a slender and elegant couple, proud of their modern imagery.

Having arrived from Shanghai, they had been living in the capital of Victoria for some time. His English was still somewhat limited.

Emma, ​​Juliet and Jimmy, three Taiwanese friends returning from university. They also expressed themselves in the Aussie language with much more ease.

Emma

Three Taiwanese friends and colleagues at one of Melbourne's university residences.

They had shared plans to settle down and form families there. “Australia is Australia, confesses Juliet. And Melbourne is a very special Australia. They must have already noticed!”.

Lack of Consensus on Australia's Openness to Immigration

The “asianation” of the big island and Melbourne, in particular, has mixed reactions, rarely indifference.

It is common to hear from older inhabitants the speech of the Old Aussie Homeland in which the entire population was in solidarity and did not suffer from the individualism and ethnic compartmentalization that many consider to undermine, today, the historical soul of the nation.

Flinders Station

Three students in typical British high school uniforms.

Opinions like those of journalist George Megalogenis have also become famous: “the Australian navel contemplation on whether the mining boom has ended or simply declined makes us ignore the most important aspect: our future in Asia is that of the best immigration nation… But to prove it, we need more Chinese and Indians who want to settle across the country. Not less."

Asian friends share one of the carriages that travel through Melbourne city centre.

Even at the sporting level, Australia has needed the Asians to overcome its geological desolation and geographic loneliness. Perth, for example, is considered the most isolated large city on Earth.

Since 1950, it has repeatedly requested FIFA to be included in the Asian Football Confederation.

Universal football, not the Australian football Melbourne has some of its best teams and biggest stadium.

In 2005, the request was granted.

Little Havana, USA

Little Havana of the Nonconformists

Over the decades and until today, thousands of Cubans have crossed the Florida Straits in search of the land of freedom and opportunity. With the US a mere 145 km away, many have gone no further. His Little Havana in Miami is today the most emblematic neighborhood of the Cuban diaspora.
Sydney, Australia

From the Exile of Criminals to an Exemplary City

The first of the Australian colonies was built by exiled inmates. Today, Sydney's Aussies boast former convicts of their family tree and pride themselves on the cosmopolitan prosperity of the megalopolis they inhabit.
Great Ocean Road, Australia

Ocean Out, along the Great Australian South

One of the favorite escapes of the Australian state of Victoria, via B100 unveils a sublime coastline that the ocean has shaped. We only needed a few kilometers to understand why it was named The Great Ocean Road.
Viti levu, Fiji

The Unlikely Sharing of Viti Levu Island

In the heart of the South Pacific, a large community of Indian descendants recruited by former British settlers and the Melanesian indigenous population have long divided the chief island of Fiji.
Perth, Australia

the lonely city

More 2000km away from a worthy counterpart, Perth is considered the most remote city on the face of the Earth. Despite being isolated between the Indian Ocean and the vast Outback, few people complain.
Perth, Australia

The Oceania Cowboys

Texas is on the other side of the world, but there is no shortage of cowboys in the country of koalas and kangaroos. Outback rodeos recreate the original version and 8 seconds lasts no less in the Australian Western.
Perth, Australia

Australia Day: In Honor of the Foundation, Mourning for Invasion

26/1 is a controversial date in Australia. While British settlers celebrate it with barbecues and lots of beer, Aborigines celebrate the fact that they haven't been completely wiped out.
Red Center, Australia

Australia's Broken Heart

The Red Center is home to some of Australia's must-see natural landmarks. We are impressed by the grandeur of the scenarios but also by the renewed incompatibility of its two civilizations.
Oslo, Norway

A Overcapitalized Capital

One of Norway's problems has been deciding how to invest the billions of euros from its record-breaking sovereign wealth fund. But even immoderate resources don't save Oslo from its social inconsistencies.
Waikiki, OahuHawaii

The Japanese Invasion of Hawaii

Decades after the attack on Pearl Harbor and from the capitulation in World War II, the Japanese returned to Hawaii armed with millions of dollars. Waikiki, his favorite target, insists on surrendering.
Melbourne, Australia

The Football the Australians Rule

Although played since 1841, Australian Football has only conquered part of the big island. Internationalization has never gone beyond paper, held back by competition from rugby and classical football.
Perth to Albany, Australia

Across the Far West of Australia

Few people worship evasion like the aussies. With southern summer in full swing and the weekend just around the corner, Perthians are taking refuge from the urban routine in the nation's southwest corner. For our part, without compromise, we explore endless Western Australia to its southern limit.
Atherton Tableland, Australia

Miles Away from Christmas (part XNUMX)

On December 25th, we explored the high, bucolic yet tropical interior of North Queensland. We ignore the whereabouts of most of the inhabitants and find the absolute absence of the Christmas season strange.
Busselton, Australia

2000 meters in Aussie Style

In 1853, Busselton was equipped with one of the longest pontoons in the world. World. When the structure collapsed, the residents decided to turn the problem around. Since 1996 they have been doing it every year. Swimming.
Discovering tassie, Part 3, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania from Top to Bottom

The favorite victim of Australian anecdotes has long been the Tasmania never lost the pride in the way aussie ruder to be. Tassie remains shrouded in mystery and mysticism in a kind of hindquarters of the antipodes. In this article, we narrate the peculiar route from Hobart, the capital located in the unlikely south of the island to the north coast, the turn to the Australian continent.
Discovering tassie, Part 1 - Hobart, Australia

Australia's Backdoor

Hobart, the capital of Tasmania and the southernmost of Australia, was colonized by thousands of convicts from England. Unsurprisingly, its population maintains a strong admiration for marginal ways of life.
Alice Springs to Darwin, Australia

Stuart Road, on its way to Australia's Top End

Do Red Center to the tropical Top End, the Stuart Highway road travels more than 1.500km lonely through Australia. Along this route, the Northern Territory radically changes its look but remains faithful to its rugged soul.
Cairns to Cape Tribulation, Australia

Tropical Queensland: An Australia Too Wild

Cyclones and floods are just the meteorological expression of Queensland's tropical harshness. When it's not the weather, it's the deadly fauna of the region that keeps its inhabitants on their toes.
Wycliffe Wells, Australia

Wycliffe Wells' Unsecret Files

Locals, UFO experts and visitors have been witnessing sightings around Wycliffe Wells for decades. Here, Roswell has never been an example and every new phenomenon is communicated to the world.
Cairns-Kuranda, Australia

Train to the Middle of the Jungle

Built out of Cairns to save miners isolated in the rainforest from starvation by flooding, the Kuranda Railway eventually became the livelihood of hundreds of alternative Aussies.
Jabula Beach, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
safari
Saint Lucia, South Africa

An Africa as Wild as Zulu

On the eminence of the coast of Mozambique, the province of KwaZulu-Natal is home to an unexpected South Africa. Deserted beaches full of dunes, vast estuarine swamps and hills covered with fog fill this wild land also bathed by the Indian Ocean. It is shared by the subjects of the always proud Zulu nation and one of the most prolific and diverse fauna on the African continent.
Braga or Braka or Brakra in Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 6th – Braga, Nepal

The Ancient Nepal of Braga

Four days of walking later, we slept at 3.519 meters from Braga (Braka). Upon arrival, only the name is familiar to us. Faced with the mystical charm of the town, arranged around one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist monasteries on the Annapurna circuit, we continued our journey there. acclimatization with ascent to Ice Lake (4620m).
by the shadow
Architecture & Design
Miami, USA

A Masterpiece of Urban Rehabilitation

At the turn of the 25st century, the Wynwood neighbourhood remained filled with abandoned factories and warehouses and graffiti. Tony Goldman, a shrewd real estate investor, bought more than XNUMX properties and founded a mural park. Much more than honoring graffiti there, Goldman founded the Wynwood Arts District, the great bastion of creativity in Miami.
lagoons and fumaroles, volcanoes, PN tongariro, new zealand
Adventure
Tongariro, New Zealand

The Volcanoes of All Discords

In the late XNUMXth century, an indigenous chief ceded the PN Tongariro volcanoes to the British crown. Today, a significant part of the Maori people claim their mountains of fire from European settlers.
Kente Festival Agotime, Ghana, gold
Ceremonies and Festivities
Kumasi to Kpetoe, Ghana

A Celebration-Trip of the Ghanian Fashion

After some time in the great Ghanaian capital ashanti we crossed the country to the border with Togo. The reasons for this long journey were the kente, a fabric so revered in Ghana that several tribal chiefs dedicate a sumptuous festival to it every year.
City of Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde
Cities
Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde

The Miracle of São Vicente

São Vicente has always been arid and inhospitable to match. The challenging colonization of the island subjected the settlers to successive hardships. Until, finally, its providential deep-water bay enabled Mindelo, the most cosmopolitan city and the cultural capital of Cape Verde.
Cocoa, Chocolate, Sao Tome Principe, Agua Izé farm
Meal
São Tomé and Principe

Cocoa Roças, Corallo and the Chocolate Factory

At the beginning of the century. In the XNUMXth century, São Tomé and Príncipe generated more cocoa than any other territory. Thanks to the dedication of some entrepreneurs, production survives and the two islands taste like the best chocolate.
Tiredness in shades of green
Culture
Suzdal, Russia

The Suzdal Cucumber Celebrations

With summer and warm weather, the Russian city of Suzdal relaxes from its ancient religious orthodoxy. The old town is also famous for having the best cucumbers in the nation. When July arrives, it turns the newly harvested into a real festival.
4th of July Fireworks-Seward, Alaska, United States
Sport
Seward, Alaska

The Longest 4th of July

The independence of the United States is celebrated, in Seward, Alaska, in a modest way. Even so, the 4th of July and its celebration seem to have no end.
Sunset, Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar
Traveling
Morondava, Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar

The Malagasy Way to Dazzle

Out of nowhere, a colony of baobab trees 30 meters high and 800 years old flanks a section of the clayey and ocher road parallel to the Mozambique Channel and the fishing coast of Morondava. The natives consider these colossal trees the mothers of their forest. Travelers venerate them as a kind of initiatory corridor.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, Mme Moline popinée
Ethnic
LifouLoyalty Islands

The Greatest of the Loyalties

Lifou is the island in the middle of the three that make up the semi-francophone archipelago off New Caledonia. In time, the Kanak natives will decide if they want their paradise independent of the distant metropolis.
Rainbow in the Grand Canyon, an example of prodigious photographic light
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Natural Light (Part 1)

And Light was made on Earth. Know how to use it.

The theme of light in photography is inexhaustible. In this article, we give you some basic notions about your behavior, to start with, just and only in terms of geolocation, the time of day and the time of year.
View from John Ford Point, Monument Valley, Nacao Navajo, United States
History
Monument Valley, USA

Indians or Cowboys?

Iconic Western filmmakers like John Ford immortalized what is the largest Indian territory in the United States. Today, in the Navajo Nation, the Navajo also live in the shoes of their old enemies.
Jumping forward, Pentecost Naghol, Bungee Jumping, Vanuatu
Islands
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

Pentecost Naghol: Bungee Jumping for Real Men

In 1995, the people of Pentecostes threatened to sue extreme sports companies for stealing the Naghol ritual. In terms of audacity, the elastic imitation falls far short of the original.
coast, fjord, Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Winter White
Seydisfjordur, Iceland

From the Art of Fishing to the Fishing of Art

When shipowners from Reykjavik bought the Seydisfjordur fishing fleet, the village had to adapt. Today, it captures Dieter Roth's art disciples and other bohemian and creative souls.
Almada Negreiros, Roça Saudade, Sao Tome
Literature
Saudade, São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe

Almada Negreiros: From Saudade to Eternity

Almada Negreiros was born in April 1893, on a farm in the interior of São Tomé. Upon discovering his origins, we believe that the luxuriant exuberance in which he began to grow oxygenated his fruitful creativity.
Machangulo, Mozambique, sunset
Nature
Machangulo, Mozambique

The Golden Peninsula of Machangulo

At a certain point, an ocean inlet divides the long sandy strip full of hyperbolic dunes that delimits Maputo Bay. Machangulo, as the lower section is called, is home to one of the most magnificent coastlines in Mozambique.
Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Autumn
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
Kayaking on Lake Sinclair, Cradle Mountain - Lake Sinclair National Park, Tasmania, Australia
Natural Parks
Discovering tassie, Part 4 - Devonport to Strahan, Australia

Through the Tasmanian Wild West

If the almost antipode tazzie is already a australian world apart, what about its inhospitable western region. Between Devonport and Strahan, dense forests, elusive rivers and a rugged coastline beaten by an almost Antarctic Indian ocean generate enigma and respect.
Cobá, trip to the Mayan Ruins, Pac Chen, Mayans of now
UNESCO World Heritage
Cobá to Pac Chen, Mexico

From the Ruins to the Mayan Homes

On the Yucatan Peninsula, the history of the second largest indigenous Mexican people is intertwined with their daily lives and merges with modernity. In Cobá, we went from the top of one of its ancient pyramids to the heart of a village of our times.
Couple visiting Mikhaylovskoe, village where writer Alexander Pushkin had a home
Characters
Saint Petersburg e Mikhaylovkoe, Russia

The Writer Who Succumbed to His Own Plot

Alexander Pushkin is hailed by many as the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. But Pushkin also dictated an almost tragicomic epilogue to his prolific life.
Promise?
Beaches
Goa, India

To Goa, Quickly and in Strength

A sudden longing for Indo-Portuguese tropical heritage makes us travel in various transports but almost non-stop, from Lisbon to the famous Anjuna beach. Only there, at great cost, were we able to rest.
Madu River: owner of a Fish SPA, with feet inside the doctor fish pond
Religion
Madu River and Lagoon, Sri Lanka

Along the Course of the Sinhala Buddhism

For having hidden and protected a tooth of Buddha, a tiny island in the Madu lagoon received an evocative temple and is considered sacred. O Maduganga immense all around, in turn, it has become one of the most praised wetlands in Sri Lanka.
End of the World Train, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
On Rails
Ushuaia, Argentina

Last Station: End of the World

Until 1947, the Tren del Fin del Mundo made countless trips for the inmates of the Ushuaia prison to cut firewood. Today, passengers are different, but no other train goes further south.
Buffaloes, Marajo Island, Brazil, Soure police buffaloes
Society
Marajó Island, Brazil

The Buffalo Island

A vessel that transported buffaloes from the India it will have sunk at the mouth of the Amazon River. Today, the island of Marajó that hosted them has one of the largest herds in the world and Brazil is no longer without these bovine animals.
Saksun, Faroe Islands, Streymoy, warning
Daily life
Saksun, streymoyFaroe Islands

The Faroese Village That Doesn't Want to be Disneyland

Saksun is one of several stunning small villages in the Faroe Islands that more and more outsiders visit. It is distinguished by the aversion to tourists of its main rural owner, author of repeated antipathies and attacks against the invaders of his land.
Curieuse Island, Seychelles, Aldabra turtles
Wildlife
Felicité Island and Curieuse Island, Seychelles

From Leprosarium to Giant Turtles Home

In the middle of the XNUMXth century, it remained uninhabited and ignored by Europeans. The French Ship Expedition “La Curieuse” revealed it and inspired his baptism. The British kept it a leper colony until 1968. Today, Île Curieuse is home to hundreds of Aldabra tortoises, the longest-lived land animal.
Full Dog Mushing
Scenic Flights
Seward, Alaska

The Alaskan Dog Mushing Summer

It's almost 30 degrees and the glaciers are melting. In Alaska, entrepreneurs have little time to get rich. Until the end of August, dog mushing cannot stop.