I’ve been in Australia for a month already, hard as it is to believe. It feels like I’ve been here for so long and yet no time at all. I have been so busy that the days are flying by, as I’m sure the rest of the year will, too.
The hardest adjustment for me was living in a hostel; it took me a couple weeks to get used to it. You are very rarely alone, and you have to learn to maneuver your life around other people. Sharing becomes the best and worst thing that has ever happened to you. Somebody will always have what you need, and yet so many communal items are so worn down and/or perpetually dirty. Your standards for sanitation significantly decrease when you spend enough time as a backpacker. Of course I could find my own place to live, but the biggest benefit to living in a hostel is all the wonderful people you meet that are living there.
I have met so many amazing people from all over the world. Maybe one of my favorite things about meeting travelers is discovering the things that you have in common with people that grew up so far away from you. The hardest thing about meeting all these people and having so much fun with them is that at the end of the day, we are all traveling, and eventually everyone leaves. It’s hard to feel like you finally found a great group of friends, and then they gradually take off for different cities. But it will be a year full of that.
The first couple weeks were stressful because I was having such a hard time finding work. It’s so easy to find things to spend money on here, and I wanted to do so much. Especially knowing that I wanted to spend a few months in Melbourne, I desperately needed to find a way to support myself. Luckily, persistence paid off, and I found a job in a little café. I’m still learning the ropes, but it’s a pretty laid back place and I am so grateful to finally be earning an income.
Melbourne is an amazing city. It is so lively and pretty, with the Yarra River running right through it. There are so many different areas to explore, and there are tons of events and festivals going on all the time. I am living right outside the CBD (Central Business District) in a little beach town called St. Kilda, which is a short tram ride away. It’s full of great restaurants, shops, and of course the beach. Then whenever I need a taste of the city, I can get there in no time.
I am already so happy that I made the decision to come to Australia. I know it’s going to be an incredible year, and I definitely made the right choice by taking the risk to leave home. I feel like I haven’t even begun to discover all the amazing things Melbourne has to offer, so I am looking forward to the rest of my time here.