How to build a new life!
Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
61Trip End Sep 20, 2013
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I finished my travels in NZ on the 25th of April, and on the 26th I flew to Sydney. The 2 month trip in NZ was amazing, and I had a really good time, but I have to say I left a bit heartbroken, so when I arrived in Sydney, anything seemed to go well for the first few days!
Arrival in Australia
So the start to Australia wasn't as good as in New Zealand. First of all, I went to change my NZ dollars for Australian dollars, and the lady at the counter assures me that they've got a better rate than at departures, so I change all my money. Then I buy a book. When I cross the security, I realize that the exchange rate is better, and that the same book is 5 dollars cheaper. Of course! Is duty free!!! I should know this by now!!
When I get to Sydney, I go to the information counter and ask what the cheapest way to get to my hostel is, and the lovely lady at the counter informs me about the airport shuttle service, so I buy the ticket. Just 5 minutes later I look in the email that my hostel had sent me with the confirmation, and I see that their airport shuttle is 4 dollars cheaper...I'm supposed to be saving money! I'm not going to have money to survive in a few weeks!
The plan, if I can say I had one, is not spending much money until I get a job, and then, work hard, and save enough to travel South East Asia, and possibly go home for Christmas
Ok, so, I need to work. I want to work. But I don't know where and what I want to do it. It's funny, here I am stressed because I have to choose what I want to do, as I have the option to choose, and in Spain I would be looking for anything stressed because I can't find a job.
I'm walking around Sydney, eyes wide open, to find it. To find what will make me happy now. I don't feel like working in a restaurant again…. Maybe in a hotel? I wouldn’t mind to do farm work I think. Or work with children again…
How to start a new life
So the first two weeks in Sydney are about finding a job, a place to live and move out of the hostel, bank account, tax file number…and basically starting a new life, in a new city! So I start to get excited, I get my first job in a Latin American (Peruvian) Restaurant, I get a few casual jobs, packing stones for a Lady’s shop, in a Nike run event…Just also after the second week I move to a shared apartment in the city. Nine girls sharing a two bedroom apartment, but as I’m used to share rooms now, only 9 people on the place files like home!
3 weeks after I get a job in a Cafe too, and after two weeks working in the café, a Spanish girl also called Laura that comes regularly to the café offers me a job in the place she works, which is a scanner company. So for the next 4 weeks I work full time on the scanner company, part time in the restaurant, and Saturday mornings in the Cafe, about 60 hours a week, that allows me to save up some money "just in case".
During this time, I also look for office jobs, I had a few interviews, some of them went really well, some really bad, but none called back, so as the work at the scanner company ends, and I need to do more shifts, I look for another job in Hospitality. This time a brand new restaurant that is just about to open! That sounded good, and the pay is good, they offer me a part time contract, which means I am paid for holidays and have a lot more rights, so I take it! After two weeks of work there, they start firing people until they close the restaurant! That was a long story, but all that matters is that I got fired, as everyone else!
Where is the fun?
You probably are thinking…where is the fun in all that? Well, there is no fun really. I haven’t been going out a lot, apart from the beginning when I had a few parties, and when Joel came over, also the two English girls I had met in Auckland, and then the few times I have been to the pub with work collages after work…that’s pretty much it! But I guess starting a life in a new city is exciting enough, at least for the first few months!
The bad thing about Australia, is that its really hard to stay. Thanks to my German passport I could get a working holiday visa, which basically means I can work and stay here for one year, and have the option to work 3 month in a farm to be able to get a second working holiday visa. After these two years, I can get a student visa, but with that visa I can’t work more than 20 hours a week, and that’s not enough to survive in Sydney.
The people who knows me, knows that I plan my life 4 years ahead, and then I end up doing something different. But I like to have plans!
I’ve been thinking about the options, and the best one would be to find a good job in a good company and that they find out I’m so good that they want to keep me, and they sponsor me, so I can stay here and earn a lot of money to go home for Christmas, have a good life and keep traveling from here. But of course that’s the most surreal one, and getting a sponsor is really difficult.
Another option, a more real one and the one I'm following now is to do the farm work so I can get a second WHV (working holiday visa) , coming back middle November, maybe going home for Christmas, keep working in hospitality at nights and saving money for another year, and keep looking for “proper” jobs. Then on the third year, I can do a masters in International trade, which I would pay with the savings from the two previous years, and get a student visa for these couple of next years.
But again I never know what’s going to happen. At least, I want to get some office working experience even if it’s unpaid, so if I have to leave the country I can say I’ve worked in an office in Australia.
Who knows, maybe I’ll end up going to another country in Asia, or going back to Europe, or even going home…so plan B is open!
Australia is a British colony, so most people in Australia have British ancestors. In Sydney, about the 30% of the population was born abroad. You would be impressed how many Asians are there in this town. There is 4.6 million people living here, and you walk around the centre and there Is times when you only see Asians!
It is amazingly multicultural. It seems like Australians don’t really have their own culture, but it’s a mix of all other cultures. But that’s in the city centre. If you go to the suburbs the amount of Asians decreases a lot.
My friend Manuela from Uruguay sent me an article in an Uruguayan newspapers where they say Sydney is the city with highest life quality in the world. And I could agree on that. It’s a big city, but small enough to walk everywhere. Its right next to the ocean, and has beaches close enough to the city. People here seem busy on their affairs, like in other big cities, but here they seem happier. They smile. And the weather helps! Although it is kind of cold sometimes in winter, it’s nothing compare to the UK for example!
There is always something going on in town. There is a large (and I mean laaaarge) gay community. A lot of backpackers. Plenty of restaurants and cafes….
So I'm off to a farm in a few days time! And that's, for now, what I have to tell you!