Yes, I am still alive and in a different country. Australia!!! Home of koalas, kangaroos, poisonous spiders and snakes, crocodiles, cock-a-toos, the Sydney Opera House, great white sharks, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, The Matrix, Superman Returns and the Star Wars Prequels (but who cares about them).
I have spent the last six weeks in Sydney at a backpackers called "The Jolly Swagman" and I've had an absolute blast. Although, it was incredibly difficult for me financially when I first got here, I've managed to dig myself out of a hole and have a good time and meet lots of cool people. Since so much has happened in six weeks, I'm only gonna give out the highlights as I can't be bothered to give a detailed report. But I have loads of photos and those say a thousand words anyway so it's all good.
But before all of that, just a quick bit about the general stuff. I have gotten a job at a coffee house as a waitress at a place called "Peter's of Kensington". It's basically a big gift shop with all kinds of gifts and they have a cafe that people can go to and sit down and relax in between shopping. There's some pretty cool things there, too. At the hostel that I stay at I have taken on the duty of Entertainment's Manager. I don't get paid for it, but I do get to drink for free when I take people out to places. Basically what I do is round everyone up and take them to a certain bar or club that changes every night. I can get them free entry and a certain number of free drinks and in return for bringing people to whatever place I get a wristband that allows me free drinks for the evening. Even though I don't get paid I think it's a great deal as I do like to go out and have a good time with all of my friends and right now, I don't have the money to go out and drink. And I also get to know a lot of important people like managers of certain places and what not. I never pay for a thing. It's great. =)
So anyways, I arrived in Australia on the 24th of June. I cried when I left New Zealand, though. It was just really weird to think that I had been wanting to go there for 6 years but that my year holiday over there had come to an end. I know it will always be there and I can go back whenever (like in November with Curtis!!!) but it's still really sad. Good times and good memories. A country that has great sentimental value to me. So I arrived at Sydney airport and I hadn't even booked a place to stay. I knew it wouldn't be a problem as it's winter over here right now and it's downtime at the hostels anyway. The concierge suggested "The Jolly Swagman" and I said "Okay, sounds good". I'm so glad that's the one he picked as out of all the hostels I have stayed at, this one as the best social life I've ever experienced. There's a group of like 20 (give or take) long-termers who are like one big family. I've made some friends for life, I think. Let me introduce you to some:
Mike is on the left. He's from Manchester and he's also one of my roommates. Behind the desk is Grant, also from England although I forget which part. But I do know that he was in a band back home that played at The Cavern!!! And any Beatles fan knows that that's where The Beatles started out when they were first becoming famous. Oh, yeah. Then there's Ciaran from Ireland. I have the biggest crush on that kid. Such a cutie and also a huge Beatles fan. We talk Beatles all the time. Then there is Olly also from England. He's a personal trainer and we're gonna start running together. We'll see how long that lasts for.
Sheri, Sam, Jade and Kim. Sheri and Kim have traveled on up to Brisbane but they were long-termers for quite some time. Sam and Jade are in the middle. They are from England and there is actually another girl in their group named Vicky who I have not gotten a photo of yet. But they are a lovely bunch of girls and such sweethearts. They have been friends for years.
Arn, Nicola and Amy. Arn is from England, Nicola is from Italy and Amy is from England. Nicola and Amy have moved on as well up north. Arn is still here. A lovely bunch of people. Nicola is a chef and one night he made home made gnocchi for everyone. I had never had gnocchi before so to have it home made was great. And it was one of the best meals I've ever had. So good. Needless to say, we miss him around the kitchen.
Me and a girl named Kim from Orange County!!! So cool to meet someone from a place that I lived at for so long. She's a sweet girl. She has left but might come back to visit us all.
Emrys from Wellington, New Zealand. Doesn't he have such a baby face??? He's a sweetheart. He's gone to Melbourne but might be back in Sydney.
This is Melanie from Liverpool, England. WOO-HOO!!! She was only with us for two weeks but is coming back to visit.
Phillip from New Zealand. He's moved down to Melbourne and has found a job there. I might go and visit him as I hear Melbourne is quite cool.
Bridie from Dunedin, New Zealand. Studying fashion. She's the cutest thing.
Jarrod from Sweden. How Scandinavian does this kid look??? Definitely one of the characters of the hostel. He has since moved on. I could actually write a whole blog on this guy, but I won't.
This is Sean. He's from Ireland. This picture tells you all you need to know about him, actually.
Scotty, Chris and James. The Jolly Swagman gays. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a huge fruit fly. Gay men flock to me like white on rice. I'm not sure where Scotty and James are from but Chris is from Scotland and has the cutest accent ever. I love these boys.
That's Joe with Melanie. Also from England. Very sweet guy, good taste in music. He's going to be leaving shortly to go home.
This is Ashley. He's an Aussie, originally from Melbourne. He's come to Sydney to look for work and get an apartment. He's a chef. He also has Elijah Wood eyes.
This is another Melanie on the left. She is my other roommate. She's from France. She's such a sweet girl. This was a Christmas in July party at one of the clubs we go to. Don't want you to think I'm wandering around randomly with a Santa hat on.
Well, that's a good lot of them. We all get on quite well and have become quite close. Here's a few random photos of us going out on different nights:
When was the last time you saw someone do the Macarena???
This is T. He's from Auckland, New Zealand. Just one of the many cool people that I get to work with as entertainment's manager. A very genuine guy.
Max, T's partner in crime. From England. Wicked.
Melanie took salsa classes back home. They were really good!!!
The blonde girl with her hand in the air is Emily. Her sister is dating Grant who's the guy behind reception in one of the first photos. She has also moved on and is going back home to England soon.
We recently celebrated Melanie's birthday and Ashley made her a Pavlova which is a traditional Australian dessert. It was beautiful.
Melanie liked it!!!
These were from The Michael Jackson Tribute night at The Gaff. The DJ was amazing that night. And he spun some classic Jackson songs like "Can You Feel It". I went absolutely mental when that came on. I hadn't heard it in ages. It's really weird to think that Michael Jackson is dead. I was really bummed that day.
Backtracking a bit. Around my 3rd or 4th day in Sydney I went for a walk down to the harbor with a girl named Dominique from Germany. She was one of the first people I met when I got here. Here's what I took photos of:
These were chillin' in the botanical gardens!!! They were actually quite cute.
My first view of the Opera House. Not as big as you'd think.
I liked this statue. He looked well chill.
Yay, Opera House!!!
It's nice to be back in a proper city. =)
Well, that's the first six weeks in a nutshell. That's not even all the details and it still took me an hour and a half to set this all up. You all better love me for it, too.
Just so you know, I'm not neglecting my New Zealand blog. I still have to update it with me and Hayley's road trip and I'll be going back there again in November and I'll have all kinds of photos put up on there for when Curtis and I go roaming about the country. I've just been so stressed and lazy that I didn't even bother with any blogging whatsoever. But I'm trying to get back into the habit. I hope you've enjoyed my first blog from Australia!!! I've certainly enjoyed my time here so far. I still have ten months left so there's loads more to come. But I'm sure that time will go by before I know it!!!