For those who have not met me and my point elbows within the clinic yet, I have now reached the three month mark at Osteohealth. I believe this tenure still qualifies me as “the new guy”. Apparently one of the responsibilities of being said “new guy” is contributing to the blog.
So after a fifteen minute mental scramble, I decided the easiest topic was to write about my lovely new city. But first, the Ross Hamilton back story.
I’m from Melbourne originally and due to my absence of hand eye coordination I participate in endurance sports. I can be found participating in cross country skiing in Winter, out on the bike (roady) in the finer weather and occasionally a Park Run on Saturday mornings. Before making the move to live in Albury I spent a couple of years working in Shepparton. I really enjoyed the variety of rural practice. However, I also lived in Melbourne.
As any FIFO worker or interstate truck driver can attest, the time away from home eventually grinds you down. So the logical step was to either move back to Melbourne full time or to up stumps and move to the country. Low and behold a position came up at Osteohealth and all I had to do was organise moving house, finish up my responsibilities in Shepparton and sign a contract promising not to take away any of Tom Barry’s Strava segments.
It was only in the last fortnight that I visited Melbourne for the first time since moving and it gave me the opportunity to reflect on the upsides and downsides to each location.
Albury/Wodonga: The downsides
The prawn dumplings aren’t as good as Melbourne
- Close proximity to the snow, wineries
- Community – you bump into people you know at the Supermarket
- Short commutes
- Amazing roads to ride
- The air is noticeably cleaner
- Affordable housing
- Sport is much more organised and has greater community participation
- Nobody seems to be in a constant hurry with leftover road rage boiling in their veins
- It’s prettier
- People are friendly (they also actually do their take home exercises)
You can cross the street diagonally!!!
My list could go on, it’s been a real culture shock seeing how relaxing it is living in the country. My ten minute walk to work is now so natural to me that I can’t get my head around the one hour commute Melbournians regard as normal.
So after three months here I can only ask myself, “Why didn’t I make the move 10 years ago?”
Lastly, can anyone explain to me why the pedestrian crossings all through Australia don’t let you cross diagonally like they do on Dean Street?