Happy 6 Month Anniversary to Me!

Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
Trip End May 08, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Six months ago today (well, yesterday technically because of the time difference) I was in Vancouver, ready for an early morning train ride to start my journey. At that time, I had no idea where I would be at this point. I had the first 2 months planned with travel around Australia and Indonesia, but the rest I left to unfold as it would. As it unfolded it took me to Brisbane and then the Sunshine Coast, I found a wonderful job coaching trampoline and gymnastics and everything seemed set. Unfortunatley the work situaition over the holidays  was dire. Over a 6 week holiday I was given 1 week of work (with more to come once they made the schedule, but how could I handle that kind of uncertainty?) I made the difficult decision to leave at the end of Term 1, which happens to be this Sunday. It's really a shame... I had a lot of ideas for the gym, the coaching was going really well, with the kids all learning lots of skills and liking my coaching. A lot of parents and kids are upset that I am leaving... and so am I... but, if I cant even pay rent, never mind my bills at home, how can I stay?  Yes, I suppose I could have continued looking for a second job, but my efforts so far have gotten me nowhere, and I have found out this is a very poor area for work. Even the locals struggle to find full time jobs. So I made my decision and as well as feeling quite sad, I am relieved, and the stress has lessened. Once that decision was made a whole new adventure opened up for me.. Where to next???!!! I knew I wanted to see Melbourne come summer so I began looking for a way down there. A 3 month greyhound pass immediatley caught my eye- Brisbane to Melbourne with all stops in between for about $200. I have friends currently in Coffs Harbour working, and I thought I might join them there, as well as see all the sights along the way. Then reality hit- I need to work NOW! I began looking at flights to Melbourne and I found an amazing deal $99 from Gold Coast to Melbourne! The Gold Coast is a two hour train ride south of Brisbane (all ont he same transit system as up here) and it's somewhere I wanted to see anyways. I leave here on Sunday and will spend 3 days at the Coolangatta YHA hostel. I fly out to Melbourne on the 14th at 6am,and the best part is that the hostel is a 5 minute walk from the airport! I am always happy with my abilities to find travel deals!  A cheap flight AND no transport costs to the airport!!   I am currently looking at fruitpicking work in Victoria and there are some promising prospects. It's funny how things turn out, sometimes it sucks, sometimes it suprises you, sometimes it works out perfectly, but it always seems to work out somehow :) After 6 months of "wandering" I have leaned so much and experienced so much. I can;t believe how fast the time has gone by! I am really lookign forward to what is coming next... what will the next 6 months bring me? and then what will happen after that??? Stay tuned to find out! :)
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