THE FIRST WEEK IN AUSTRALIA
The first week in a new country is always full of the unknown. Trying to work out how everything works and how to get into the new lifestyle is a bit of a chore. We’ve had the small advantage of having been here before and staying with people who can help us. Let’s go.
OUR FIRST STOP IN AUSTRALIA
When Charlie and I traveled around the world, we did Workaway. If you haven’t heard of that it’s similar to Woofing where you volunteer for people. In exchange for your work, you get food and accommodation. You can do it pretty much anywhere in the world and it’s a great way to travel with very little money. You simply search for the area and scroll through the different types of jobs you can do.
I loved it so much because we were able to meet new people and learn about different cultures around the world.
Anyway, where am I going with this? Three years ago in Australia, we volunteered with a dog breeder called Dianne. We helped her with looking after the dogs and puppies as well as with jobs around the house. We only spent 11 days but formed such a special relationship.
Now three years later, we are back in the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria and doing a similar thing but getting paid a little bit of money for it. Thanks to this opportunity we can get extra jobs and work towards our goal of saving up for a house.
Traveling through a foreign country for a longer period of time or living there always comes with some necessities that need to be prioritised. For example, to work in Australia you need a tax number, a bank account and a local sim card.
Thankfully the tax number can be sorted online. For a bank account you can apply online and just go to your local bank to show them your ID and it’s done. Sim cards can be either ordered online or bought in any local supermarket.
If you have the right attitude, everything is possible.
I came to Australia with the attitude that I will do anything to reach our goal. As long as no-one’s horrible to me, I can do anything.
A few CVs dropped into hospitality places in the area and a few Facebook posts got me two jobs in the first week. One is in a restaurant called Symphony 36 and another on a farm packing and delivering fruits and vegetables to businesses in the local area.
Both places loved me on the first day. I’m not saying it to brag about myself but to show that if you’re willing to work, have some common sense, and are not afraid to throw yourself out there, you will always succeed.
Soon I will have a full time job, a part-time job, and my own business. I know that things are about to get busy but I’m excited. Every time I change places, it’s exciting to have the chance to try something new, figure out my routine, and how to make it all work without destroying myself.
The oncoming year is all about working towards our goal, learning new skills, and meeting new people. I believe that this year is only going to make me stronger! Having limited time for my own business will help me to work more efficiently and master prioritising. I take that as a challenge.
One reason why I started working for myself was to be able to work from anywhere. There you go. Let’s see how it goes.
WHAT IS LIFE IN AUSTRALIA LIKE?
In one word that would describe it perfectly — CHILLED OUT (Actually, that’s two words. Lol).
People are lovely here and life just seems slower if anything. It was clear even on my shift at Symphony. I couldn’t believe that on quite a busy shift, I did not hear a single negative word. Not even the chefs! That is usually where you hear the swearing from. Lol. If you’ve worked in hospitality, you know.
The summer is coming and it feels great.
I will be adding some facts I learned about living in Australia for every post. Here is the first one. If you didn’t know, you’re welcome.
Interesting fact: People in Australia get rid of gum trees from their gardens because gum trees release gas that is very flammable, a big hazard to so many bushfires in Australia.