The love affair began last September and one year on, we are approaching our first anniversary. It was love at first sight and within days of meeting I was smitten. Sure there would be rough days, but I have continued to fall more deeply as the seasons come and go.
It started with walks beneath grey skies and bare trees than you began to woo me with magical sunsets from my balcony. I smile as I remember strolling through lane ways of graffiti, stumbling upon tiny little bars and amazing light shows. And then there were the big events we have shared - the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open, the Comedy Festival, fun nights celebrating El Dia del Muerte (Day of the Dead), the concerts, the theatre and dancing in the street at the Spanish festivals. We have embraced the outdoors with bike rides along the beach, day trips into the mountains, national parks and coastline, paddled on the river and run through tranquil bush.
The romance has continued as we've wined and dined, sat on rooftops, made wishes, found hidden art, admired blanket-covered trees and sung along to incredible live music. We've stuck it out through rain, hail, wind and shine. Every day you continue to surprise and delight me with your spontaneity, quirky little surprises and non-stop list of things we can do together.
It comes as no surprise to me Melbourne that you are known as the most liveable city in the world and now it's official - you and I are 'in a relationship'. Thank you for a special year.