We've been here about four months now and really, I think Dunedin is one of the greatest small cities in the world. Here are three reasons why:
- Everything is so close by! There is virtually no commute, we can walk to the city centre from our home in about 20 minutes. Nature is literally at your doorstep: ocean, rivers, estuaries, mudflats, hills, and wildlife sanctuaries. It's all right here...
- Enjoy the perks of big city living. Coming from a big city environment like Singapore, I realise that despite all the amazing exhibitions, festivals, and offerings that come with the metropolitan lifestyle, we didn't quite get out and about as much as we would have liked. Many reasons for this, from battling with crowds, complicated logistics (is the car park far from the event? Is there shade? Is the event on at the hottest time of the day?), and sometimes, just the cost associated with it. Yet Dunedin, with its population of 100,000 or so, offers world-class museums, exhibitions and concerts (Lorde, anyone?!).
- Multicultural and cosmopolitan. Dunedin is a university town, with a sizeable international student population. It's supermarkets stock an impressive range of ethnic foods and condiments, and don't get me started on the Asian food stores here. The one in South Dunedin (near the beach end of King Edward Street), in particular, has become my happy place :) At the recent Chinese New Year celebrations in town, it was really lovely to see lots of people from different parts of the world come together to usher in the Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram. Having real-life sheep to pet didn't hurt either!