The ups and downs of our first 3 months living and working in Australia
01.05.2014 - 08.08.2014
Its been a whole three months since we last blogged so forgive us if our writing is a bit rusty!
Our time living and working in Melbourne is about to come to an end, and there's a hell of a lot of emotions right now! We are RIDICULOUSLY excited (the 'bouncing off the walls and pulling the ugliest of stupid faces' kind of excited) for the next two weeks.... but we are SERIOUSLY going to miss where we now call home.
We were off to a rocky start when we first touched down in Australia. Believe it or not, we had major culture shock after landing in a first world country again! The warm weather and cheap living costs were a given for our travels so far and we were suddenly in the thick of extortionate price tags and winter weather (YES - they do have a winter in OZ, despite what the travel agent back home tells ya!). So picture us little ones stood in the freezing cold in the airport bus park wearing ali baba trousers and flip flops.. and then our faces when we were charged $30 for 2 Rekorderlig's! Our first week or so were spent at XBase backpacker hostel. An 8 bed dorm in a non-stop party hostel - when we were in dyer need of jobs, and fast! It was.. difficult. Then there was the dreaded feeling of reapplying for those awful jobs we did back home and came travelling to forget about!
Nevertheless, we made it through a few weeks of stress and panic and both managed to get jobs, as well as moving into a shared apartment with a beautiful view of Melbourne's Docklands. And that was that. Three whole months of working hard had began. We loved city living and soon fell in love with Melbourne's quirky venues and the easiness of getting around. We made lots of new friends, both Aussies and British, many who we are sure we will keep in touch with.
View of our apartment building from the other side of the harbour
Some of our lovely flatmates
Chilling in our of Melbourne's many coffee shops
One of many catch ups with the one and only Harry Saunders (A uni friend of ours)
Nothing like a home cooked Sunday roast
When Amiee got a bit too drunk for an Ellie Goulding gig
A trip to Queen Victoria market
The cute penguins at Melbourne Aquarium
Although we had a fallen in love with Melbourne, working life was particularly tough. Amiee worked 70 hour weeks and often late nights which meant we didn't really see each other at all. Perhaps a whole month passed without a single day off together, but we were doing what we were there to do.. earn. The faster we made enough dollars to move on, the sooner we could hit the road again. God help us when we have to return home and get real life, permanent jobs!
So a lot of you who haven't been are probably wanting some more low down on this huge country that everyone who visits doesn't want to leave.. Why is Australia so amazing and is it really that different to the UK?
We have only seen a tiny piece of a very large puzzle, having only visited Melbourne so far, but to have enjoyed it so much considering it was winter, we can definitely understand the fascination. The city is small but more than sufficient, filled with shops, bars, cafes and amazing restaurants. It is a 20 minute tram ride to the nearest beachside town of St Kilda. There is live music everywhere, from buskers on every street (who, by the way, have to pass an audition for a space), to the funky rooftop bars. So what is different to home? When we first arrived in Melbourne it felt very much like home. At a first glance, and particularly because of what seemed like the typical British weather, it didn't seem much different at all. As time passed we realised how much safer we felt, how no one is afraid (or simply can't be bothered) to say hello, and how much more chilled out everyone is. But don't worry guys.. we will still be coming home!
Watching the fireworks from our balcony on our last night in Melbourne