Any body who is any body or wants to be somebody in the comedy world has these two events firmly cemented in their calendars. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the third largest of its kind in the world and runs for 4 weeks from March, and the Edinburgh Fringe runs during August. Both events jam-pack hundreds of shows into their schedules, and my favourite comedian (and Edinburgh local) Danny Bhoy is a regular at both.
It is a common known fact that Melburians (I think that is the collective name for a group of people from Melbourne), worship at the altar of the coffee gods. The whole city is practically a shrine to coffee and well if you can't get a decent coffee in Melbourne then there is no point searching anywhere else in the world. While Edinburgh isn't quite at altar worshiping status, the past few years have seen a real surge in independent coffee shops and they now even have a coffee festival for true connoisseurs. If I had to pick favourites in both cities, I would go for Market Lane Coffee in Melbourne and Filament Coffee in Edinburgh.
What's an Espy, I hear you ask? Only a great Aussie pub at St Kilda in Melbourne! Officially called 'The Esplanade Hotel', the locals have shortened it (lovingly) to The Espy and its a must visit venue for anyone wanting a cold beer by the beach on a hot summer's day. Edinburgh's version can be found at Portobello beach and have in the past been known to host Australia day events (or at least attempt to but the weather just isn't the same).
When I say art here, I'm not talking about the fancy stuff you get in the galleries- I'm talking real street art. Melbourne's many lane ways are famous for some pretty impressive graffiti art, celebrating Australian culture, icons and raising political or social issues. What may have once been seen as an ugly addition to the streets has now breathed fresh life into unused spaces. Edinburgh may not be quite on the scale of Melbourne's street art scene, but they do have plenty of lane ways and some graffiti art is starting to pop up across the city- Leith in particular has been a real mover in the street art scene.
They both experience four seasons in a day
Who doesn't love a bit of variety? but one draw back from both cities is the extremely changeable weather patterns. In Australia, Melbourne is known for having some pretty random weather, and after living in Edinburgh for 5 years I can safely say that its pretty similar over here. Moral of the story for both cities is always pack a raincoat and sunglasses.
Let's compare cities! Have you noticed any similarities between Edinburgh and Melbourne?