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Linda, Abbotsford

“I opened Maison de Linda salon around 4 months ago on Victoria street. I was studying French at school and I am deeply into this culture; the films, history, design and art. The place itself has a little bit of Parisian sophistication mixed with vintage. I wanted to establish a place on Victoria street that not only speaks of me, but also becomes ‘home’ for some of my customers, where they will feel comfortable, free, relaxed and ready for new beauty adventures. We are all aware of the way we look. Sometimes we have days we dislike ourselves and feel down. My job is to bring out the best in people, make them feel more confident and special.”

Photography by Alexandra Gorbunova

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Anchana Muangil, Richmond

“I live in Richmond and my favorite and most visited place is Victoria street. The street with all its ‘Saigon lights’ signs in different Asian languages, busy market stalls, oriental cafes and restaurants remind me of my home in Thailand. There are also a lot of beauty salons where you can do your nails or hair for a very reasonable price. Moreover, the food choice is extremely diverse. For a chef it is [the] perfect place for food experiences and inspiration for creating new dishes. I like that Richmond is not too urban and on your day off you can enjoy beautiful nature in the park.”

Photograph: Alexandra Gorbunova 

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Leidy Ballesteros, Richmond

“I came to Melbourne to study English, at the moment I am doing a Diploma of Business. I live in Richmond, close to Jolimont station. It is the perfect area with all its parks, cafes, restaurants and really good pubs. Working in hospitality for 2 years, here, gave me the chance to learn about the diversity of food in Australia; Richmond is a perfect example of it. I feel like Melbourne is my second home.”

Photograph: Alexandra Gorbunova 

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Juliane, Carlton

“I came to Australia from Germany for something different. I finished studying and I didn’t want to work straight away, and I thought, for something different I would come here. It’s a nice area [Carlton], and I’ve been here for one and a half years now. I feel different about going back home all the time, one day I want to stay and the next time I want to go home, because of the homesickness, you know. But the area is nice, we work around the corner, and so during our break there’s not enough time to go home. We laze around in the park while we wait for our next shift.”

Photo: Vanessa Orzlowski

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Bianca-Maria, Carlton

“I’m here in Australia with a working holiday visa, I work in an Italian restaurant; I’m there every day. My brother was living here, and I wanted to have this experience [of coming to Australia]. I like Carlton because, you know, I am Italian, and because of the food, and the culture is here, it’s great!”

Photo: Vanessa Orzlowski 

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Grant Alexander McCracken, Fitzroy

“B (runswick) Street should be car free, because all of the mayhem comes from cars. And this is a line from my B Street poem; ‘They were all late for their lattes. They were all in a hurry to get nowhere fast.’ They create mayhem these cars, so I reckon if it’s a car free zone from Alexander Parade to Johnson street or Victoria Parade, and maybe put some turf down (for) their tables and chairs, some trees, potted plants, make it more pedestrian friendly. Then there wouldn’t be all the pollution. Car free B Street.”

Photo: Vanessa Orzlowski 

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Garry and Catherine Frank, Fitzroy

“We live in Fitzroy, before that WA and before that New York. But we love Fitzroy best of all. The vibe and the people are just different and interesting, and we didn’t really know anyone when we came here, but you’re never lonely: all the pubs and music. Plus we’re from big cities so we love the hustle and bustle. Going to listen to music, to the Rainbow and the Labour in Vain, we do a quiz from our street every week and we have a great Christmas party every year.”

Photograph: Vanessa Orzlowski