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Melbourne – the city of food and laneways

Friday, 19 February 2016
Rakhee Bhikha
Melbourne – the city of food and laneways

"I am a candidate attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc currently completing my second year of articles. As part of my experience as a candidate attorney, I have been seconded to one of NRF's Australian offices."

I am a candidate attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc currently completing my second year of articles. As part of my experience as a candidate attorney, I have been seconded to one of NRF's Australian offices. I am in the Intellectual Property disputes team in Melbourne as a Graduate for a six-month period. I was offered this seat through the firm’s International Seat Progam for CAs.

Among many other things, Melbourne is a vibrant and busy city with a cosmopolitan culture and “cool” vibe. When asking any Melbournian what there is to do in Melbourne you’ll get these standard responses, “brunch, laneways and sport, of course!”. I’ve settled into my secondment in the NRF Melbourne office. The office is conveniently situated in the middle of Bourke street, one of the city’s main streets, in front of a tram stop and close to 3 main train stations. I have used the better part of my lunch hours and weekends to explore the city’s alleys and eating spots.

Some of the main attractions for me thus far has been enjoying a ODI cricket game between Australia and India at the MCG, visiting a food truck park in the suburb of Thornbury, and having dessert at the Queen Victorian market. I brunch on the weekends, visit the street art laneways where beautiful artwork is spray painted and admired by all. I also attended the Tennis Open – I watched Australia’s famous Hewitt in a double’s game. A movie at the open air cinema at the Botanical Gardens was an awesome experience.

Melbourne is very much a walking city - which is great when there is so much to eat. With the very efficient train lines, tramways, bus routes and taxi operators there doesn’t seem to be much need for a car. True to it being the city of four seasons, where you can experience a 40 degree morning and rain shower afternoon, you can never be over prepared. I am sure to always have with me a light jacket and my umbrella.

Oh and work? - there is much more for me to see and explore while I learn about the Australian legal system and the inner workings of intellectual property disputes under very experienced and patient lawyers. The team I work in have been great.

I am making the most out of this work experience by also making it a life experience. I look forward to the coming months and many more adventures.

Cape Town Durban Johannesburg

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