If I made a list of the far-flung places I have now traveled to, it would probably contain the following:
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!
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.
I took a gander at the famous Sydney Aquarium for a view of what lies out in the deep blue. Fantastic.
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. 🙂