Okay, I can breathe. I have made it safe and sound to the land down under. I still just feel like I am on holiday and will be going home in a couple of weeks. It’s not quite hit me yet that this is my life for the next year. That I live in Australia now.
The flight over was murder. 28 hours may not be that long to some of you travel pro’s out there, but it’s by far the longest flight I have ever been on. Leaving Glasgow at 6am with stopovers in Amsterdam and Guangzhou, I arrived in Melbourne at 9:30pm the next day. After a quick shower in the hostel, I met up with my friend who had already been here for a week and headed off out with her and the people she has been couchsurfing with toa place called The Vineyard in St. Kilda. I spent my second day here with the worst hangover of my life but it was a great night!
We also set aside a day to sorting out all the official stuff. Bank Accounts, sim cards, TFN’s etc. The bank process was simple enough b ut took much longer than I anticipated. Setting up the bank account a few weeks before arrival, I thought I would just need to go in with my passport and they would give my card and send me on my way. That was not the case. I suppose for security reasons it was good, and with the three of us doing it at the same time I’m sure made the process longer. But all in all we were there for about an hour and 45 minutes! I am now the proud ower of a bank account, savings account and superannuation account.
The sim card thing was much easier. After a 30 second explanation from the gut in the shop and $2 I had myself an Australian phone number! Simple dimple. The TFN’s we left till we got back to the hostel that night so e spent the rest of the day wandering around the beautiful city of Melbourne on an unusually hot day.
That’s another thing I was unaware of before I got here. Melbourne is COLD! I had heard people say it but I’m from Scotland so I figured cold for Australia was the equivalent to a warm Scottish summers day. I was wrong. Cold means ‘bring a jacket and jumper with you everywhere’. You could be wrapped up for most of the day then for a quick 10 minutes it’ll feel like Australia. Then back to the jumpers again.
I would say yesterday was the best day so far. We’ve had the nights out. We’ve had the chill days in the city. But yesterday was our first touristy day. A girl we met rented a car and invited us for a drive along the Great Ocean Road! It was absolutely stunning! We saw everything you could hope for on a Great Ocean Road trip. We were perched on by Cockatoos, saw Koala Bears chilling in trees and walking along the roadside. Fed Kangaroos, Emus and Alpacas. Met some cute little baby Dingoes and beautiful Deer. Then to top it all off we got to see the 12 Apostles at sunset! What a breathtaking view it was!
I’m still struggling a bit with jet lag so today I slept in really late, went out for lunch and spent the rest of the day on the beach (it was surprisingly very sunny today! I think I even got burnt a little bit!) Now I am just updating my CV and looking into the best way to get farm work. And finally getting around to writing about my new adventure.
So there you have it. I’m here. I’m in Australia. This is where you will find me for the next year. If the first five days are anything to go by, this is going to be an incredible year.
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