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Touching the Untouchable


If I made a list of the far-flung places I have now traveled to, it would probably contain the following:

1) Guatemala
2) Ukraine
3) Kyrgyzstan
4) Kazakhstan

I didn’t think I could add my current country to this list, but after many shocked glances and responses about how remote it is, I decided that Australia now makes itself known as number 5.

Yes, people, I am in the land of kangaroos, koalas (not koala bears), and crocodiles. I’m walking on a land of deserts, beaches, and bush… A place where people eat vegemite for breakfast, call busboys “glassies”, and say “thongs” instead of flip-flops. I am in Sydney, Australia and absolutely loving it!

opera house

(Look, I’m working on my tan!)

Australia has been a curiosity of mine for more than half my life, and I’ve actively played with the idea of moving/living there for at least the past 10 years. Actually, when originally planning on traveling the world, I always thought I’d save Australia for the end because I could work/live there.

When I was in high school, I thought becoming a photographer would be a cool job. I would travel to Australia and take pictures to sell to National Geographic.

I also thought that taking a year off before university and spending it in Australia was a good plan. I talked about the idea a lot, but the idea of a “gap year” wasn’t too common in my neck of the woods, so I didn’t have the proper support or inspiration to make stepping out of the norm happen.

When returning from study abroad, I held the forms for applying for a working holiday visa to Australia in my hands. I calculated the amount of money I had to save up in order to head abroad, took up two jobs, and started counting down. Unfortunately, it was again just not meant to be. I ended up having knee surgery, not working for a while, and getting caught up in a life back home.

Imagine my disbelief that I am finally making it a reality: I’m touching the untouchable!

I’ve been here for a little less than 2 weeks now, but I’ve been super busy. I hostel-hopped for about the first week until I finally found a place within walking distance of central Sydney. Soon after I found a job, which starts this Monday!

As for touristy things, I’ve gone up in the Sydney Tower for a bird’s eye view of just how massive Sydney is.

sydney tower

sydney tower view

I took a gander at the famous Sydney Aquarium for a view of what lies out in the deep blue. Fantastic.

aquarium 1

aquarium 2

Besides this, I’ve been introduced to various good restaurants, cafes, and bars. I’ve even gone bowling! So far, Australia is treating me quite well. What fun lies ahead. 🙂


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10 Responses to Touching the Untouchable

  1. nomadicmatt March 14, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    whats ur job?

  2. Brooke March 15, 2009 at 12:40 am #

    I am tutoring Korean children in English, Math, and Science – one-on-one ONLINE!!! It’s so crazy that I came to Australia to teach Korean kids. hahah Even though it is part-time, it pays enough to cover my living costs.

  3. nomadicmatt March 15, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    really? how did u swing that job? Sounds so 21st century- virtual teaching. at least u can do it from anywhere!

    post about ur life here…with photos….

  4. N March 15, 2009 at 4:40 am #

    Congrats Brooke! Sounds like a big change from the …yztans. Are you planning on settling there for a set amount of time or will still follow the adevnture? Best of luck!

  5. Marina Sokova March 16, 2009 at 2:17 am #

    I wish you luck on your new job!!! You're great writer, after reading this note I want to visit australia!!!! 😉

  6. Shawn March 16, 2009 at 12:29 am #

    It’s no Ukraine though, right? Right…

  7. Hi Brooke! Yah! It looks like you’re having a great time! I’m so glad you made it down there and are enjoying the sun. I can’t wait to hear all about your adventure. I almost worked a similar gig several months ago but couldn’t swing the hours with the current situation. Hopefully in a couple months that will be over and I can do something cool like that. So write me and tell me all about the new place!! – Beth

  8. Brooke March 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Don’t worry people, I’ll do posts on both place and work soon 🙂 I’m really enjoying life here thus far!

  9. marina k. villatoro April 12, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    what a mix, guatemala with slaviccountries. ironically, that is the exact mix of my son. guatemalan dad, where we’ll be moving to in about 2 months, and me a russian mom:)
    The Travel Expert(a) and an Expat with a Twist

  10. laskwatsera April 26, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    wow that’s cool, it’s always my dream to be on a working holiday in aus, btw how did u find ur students online? i also teach Korean kids privately in their homes, but maybe an online job will another income to fuel my wanderlust

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