I've heard Manly locals proudly refer to their beloved home town as paradise on more than one occasion, and it's not hard to see why: Surf, sun, beaches and so much natural beauty, all at your doorstep... Manly definitely has a lot going for it.
While it was a wonderful place to spend the summer, it had its downsides. My utter disdain for my job, our crazy landlords (I don't think I ever mentioned them but to give you an idea, they installed a security camera in the house just as we were moving out - slightly nuts) and a lack of a solid group of friends detracted a bit from the overall experience. Still, living in Manly definitely gave me a greater appreciation for the time I spent in Melbourne (where I lucked out with both my job and group of friends/housemates) and I really do feel like Ben and I made the most out of our time here.
There are things I'm going to miss about this little beach town but I am absolutely ready to to bid Manly (and Australia!) adieu and start on the next adventure: A week in Cambodia and a summer in Europe!
|One of our many summer night dinners on the deck|
|A Christmas down under!|
|The pool where we occasionally swam laps, with Manly Beach in the background|