Whether you are chasing romance in the shape of a partner or an experience, Hobart is the place to go. A small city of the southern edge of Victoria (Australia), Hobart is filled with incredible experiences. In this article, I share the story of how I found love in Hobart – in both a partner and the city itself.
You know how New York City is considered the fifth character in Sex and The City? Well, on the other side of the world, Hobart played a similar role in the story of my life. I could never have guessed how much of an impact Tasmania would have on my life.
It all started back in Toronto, after I found out I was eligible for an exchange semester at a University in Hobart. Who would have thought that saying yes to that opportunity would change my life forever? When I first arrived, I went to stay at one of the most luxurious accommodations in Tasmania (I wanted to treat myself). It was incredibly beautiful, and already then did I know I was going to love the place. I will tell you one thing, breakfast in Hobart is the most amazing I’ve ever had. They just nail the coffee and avocado sandwich combo. I cannot believe how many coffeed I’ve had since I arrived almost 3 years ago.
That’s actually where I met my soon-to-be husband! He was a barista at the time, and I was just a student. I used to come around every day for my morning coffee, and he’d remember “my usual”. After a few months of dating, it was hard to know whether I loved the island or him more. All the places we visited during that time feel special to me; MONA (the museum), the national parks, Salamanca Market… the list goes on.
That’s the beauty of Tasmania, if you open you eyes and stay present in the moment – there is not place more beautiful on earth.
Besides, in addition to the amazing breakfast, they also have the most incredible local produce. I always head to the market for some fresh bread in the morning, some Tasmanian cheese for lunch and a bottle of Hobart-made wine with dinner. This place is magical, I’m telling you.
…lastly there’s the solitude. Remember, I’m from a big city, first arriving here I thought it was the quietest place I had ever seen. Quieter than I could ever had imagined. At first it was unsettling, uncomfortable even. But after settling in and getting used to the calm vibe in the area – I started to really love it.
Anytime I head back home now I can’y believe how loud and buzzing the city is! Toronto will always be my home, but Hobart – you’ve forever got my heart.
Written by: Patricia LaCrosse