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First weeks in OZ

Melbourne, Tassie & Sydney

semi-overcast 15 °C

Hey there!

I'm sitting in a YHA hostel in Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park, where I've been bushwalking for the last couple of days. You can travel here from Sydney in just two hours and the park certainly measures up to my expectations, the views from Echo Point are stunning! Tomorrow I will return to Sydney in search of a job or at least a hostel where I can do some cleaning in order to pay for my accomodation. It feels time to settle down somewhere for a while as I'm experiencing a bit of a luxury problem, I feel a bit travel sick. It can be pretty exhausting never seeing people for more than a few days and constantly adapting to a new environment.
I've slowed down my pace a bit since arriving in Australia though. I spend a week in Melbourne, just taking it easy for a bit… seeing the sights, doing some shopping, and thinking about whether I'd like to hang around for a bit to find a job. After a few days I met up with a guy from CS and together with another CS girl that just found a job in Melbourne
we had a nice time talking about politics, travelling, Melbourne and living in Australia. I also met up with two really sweet British girls from York and we went out for a drink together with our other roomies, three boys from near London. One of them was obsessed with learning some Dutch and we kept repeating the same sequence he wanted to learn (Hallo, hoe gaat het? Met mij gaat het goed! Met jou?) fun for a bit (with his pronunciation) especially after a few ciders.
But the weather in Melbourne wasn't that nice so I decided to move on. After Melbourne I went to Tasmania to stay with Kathryn and her family for a few days. I met Kathryn in Chungking Manions, Hong Kong, one of the worst, claustrophobic hostels I've ever been. It was really nice to stay in a house again for a few days and Kathryn and her parents did their best to make me feel at home and showed me some gorgeous sites around Hobart. Me and Kathryn went up to Mt. Wellington which has an amazing view over the city, vistited Port Arthur (an infamous convict settlement), went to a Tassie Devil Park and did some hiking at Mt. Field National Park where some of the tallest trees in the world grow. In addition, I visited Salamanca Market where they sold interesting articles such as edible fruit leather (quite tasty actually!) and Devils fudge (jummy!). After a few days I moved on to rainy Launceston in the north of Tasmania, where I walked around the Cataract Gorge near the city, visited the local museum and joined a nice German girl I met in the hostel for a tour of the local brewery Boag. The tour was a bit disappointing but afterwards we got to taste five different beers and let me tell you, thats quite stiff at 10.30 in the morning!
The next day I flew from Launceston to Sydney where I stayed with Phil and his folks for a week. I met Phil at the same time as Kathryn, sparkling Hong Kong! After Phil picked me up from the train station we had some dinner and moved on to a birthday party of one of his
friends in the city, a 45 minute trainride. The party was in a nice club on the waterfront in a very posh area and everyone was really dressed up for the occasion. Though I was wearing a nice dress, I still had no other shoes that black trainers and flip flops in my possession so I felt
a bit awkward with black trainers under my dress. I hope no one noticed! But the party was nice and I met a lot of cool people.
For the weekend me and Phil walked around Sydney -Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Bondi Beach and the Rocks Market- and when Phil went back to work on Monday I did some hiking around Manly, went to some museums, chilled in the Botanic Gardens and generally enjoyed the amazing weather Sydney has in winter! After a few days I joined one of Phil's friends David to a jazz concert and spend my last day in Sydney going out to dinner in China Town and meeting some of Phil's other friends at the Uni Bar of Macquarie University.
Because I still felt a bit clueless about what I wanted to do I deciced to go hiking for a few days up in the Blue Mountains and then head back to Sydney and see about a job or maybe doing some wooffing (working 4-6 hours a day on an organic farm for food+accomodation) in the area. I still don't really know what I want to do, now I have limitless possibilities, no time restrictions or onwards tickets it's somehow harder to make decisions. I reckon I'm just heading to Bondi or Cronulla and see what happens. I probably have to let go of my obsession with making lists and plans for a bit as I'm now in the country of 'no worries' and 'it’s all good.'

x Sanne

Posted by sanneastri 22:42 Archived in Australia Tagged mountains melbourne sydney tasmania blue hobart katoomba launceston bushwalking

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