My Australian adventure – episode 1

Sydney – January to June 2006

TREVISO, 20.01.2006 – I can’t wait to leave for Australia, can’t wait to see what that part of the world is like. I don’t know what to expect, for me it’s all a big exciting adventure on the other side of the world. For the last few years I’ve been working in different holiday villages and it’s been fantastic, now I just want to find some time for myself, just for myself. I cannot imagine my life in Italy, I don’t fit in here. It is boring, crowded, too cold and grey in the winter, and people are always complaining and never satisfied. Apparently Australia isn’t much populated and finding a job such as fruit picking is very easy. That’s exactly what I need, a job outdoor with no need to interact with other people!

SYDNEY, 28.01.2006 – Finally, after a two day airplane journey, I have arrived in Sydney! It is late in the evening, I’ve just landed and the taxi driver is driving me to my accommodation…it’s dark outside but I can see lush vegetation everywhere and the air is humid. I have left the cold Italian winter to find the warm Australian summer, nice. But I feel so confused…

SYDNEY, 05.02.20106 – I’m staying in a studio in Kings Cross. These days I’ve been looking for a sharehouse as living in a studio is way too expensive. I’ve been checking notice boards in hostels but it’s difficult for me to work out where I want to live. Sydney is incredibly huge, and everything here is so big! Roads, bridges, squares, gardens, buidings, they all seems to have been built for giants!

SYDNEY, 11.02.2006 – I’ve moved into a beautiful house in Bondi. I share the house with other travellers like me, from different parts of the world…Spain, Canada, France, UK, Ireland. It is a melting-pot of young people, not sure what they are in Australia for, but certain that it is the right place to be! The house is a constant coming and going of backpackers. Funny how in Italy we lock all doors even if there’s no one around and here there’s plenty of strangers everyday and the doors are always unlocked (or sometimes even open!). I find it extremely fascinating, we all trust each other, we all respect each other, we are all here for the same adventure. Every evening new friends arrive, and everyone cooks their own way and speaks English with a different accent. We all share our stories and our experiences, someone works on the road, someone works in a restaurant, someone else in a shop, and there are even students!

SYDNEY, 23.02.2009 – I’ve found a job as a childcare assistant, yay! At least I’m not going to be a waiter, I hate waitressing! I work 3-4 days a week and spend my free time exploring Sydney, such a vibrant and diverse city! What I love about this city is the contrast between civilisation and nature. One minute I can be in the middle of the noisy and crowded city, one hour later I can be walking along the cliffs, admiring the wide and wild ocean.

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