It’s already over one week ago since I said goodbye to my parents and flew to the other side of the world. I still haven’t realised completely that I am in Australia on my big adventure now. On the other hand, I kind of already feels settled here.
I have some friends and people to hang out with, I know where to go and what tram to take, I already saw a lot of places and I got used to speaking English very quickly.
Maybe it’s just because of the cold weather that it doesn’t really feel like Australia for me. Or maybe because I haven’t seen any typical Australian nature yet – cause the city of Melbourne could be a European city as well…
Now that I have a lot of amazing experiences and exciting things to do and talk about every day, I thought I would start writing a diary here on my blog to update you on what I am doing, seeing, eating and feeling.
A few days before…
There was a time (around 2 weeks before my flight) where I felt a bit insecure. I had very mixed emotions with leaving all my friends and my family back home and being alone on the other side of the world. I got a bit scared about my safety and if I would find people to hang out with, if I’ll be able to find the way in a huge city like Melbourne or if I will get lonely and homesick. Of course, I was still excited about my adventure, but scared at the same time…
Luckily a friend of mine has been in the same situation two years ago and he could give me some good tips and ease my fears and doubts.
A few days before my flight I wasn’t scared at all anymore. I kind of felt like in trance – I just could not realize that the time I have been waiting for for so long is actually there and that I’ll be flying soon. I packed my backpack but wasn’t really in vacation mood as I usually am when packing my bag for a trip. It was more like seeing someone else doing it – I didn’t really felt like I was present.
If you want to know what I packed and took with me for one year of travelling through Australia and Asia, have a look at this blog post!
Backpacks where ready, I already said goodbye to all my friends and family (more about my last weekend with my best friends in my September Review) and drove with my parents to Frankfurt. We had a beautiful last dinner together and I had a last good sleep on German ground.
Early in the morning, we drove to the airport, I checked in my backpack, ate avo bagel for breakfast and had to say goodbye to my parents. This was for sure the hardest goodbye of all.
At 11 am my flight took off and I left my home. Luckily, I wasn’t sad at all – just excited for what is about to come. I flew with Qatar airlines which is a super good airline that I booked an open-return ticket with (which I highly recommend for long trips like mine because you never exactly know when you want to return).
For my first flight to Doha I had a whole row to myself which was super nice and also the vegan food that I asked for before via email was the best plane food I’ve ever had!
After 6 hours I landed in Doha and when we left the plane it was like a hot hairdryer that blows into your face, even though it was the late evening, it was still super hot. In my three hour layover, I just walked around the airport a bit and used their Wi-Fi to tell everybody at home that I landed in Qatar safe.
Then I had to get on my 1- hour flight to Melbourne which wasn’t as comfortable, but I could still sleep pretty well and I watched some movies. The food again was amazing and I have to say that I really enjoyed my flights – nevertheless, they were long.
On Thursday me and my backpack (thank god!) arrived in Melbourne at around 6pm. To get to the centre I had to take the Skybus from the airport which was 19$!! Only for a 20-minute bus ride. But I arrived at my hostel and quickly met my roommate Sabrina from Italy, that I still spend a lot of time with.
My first day in Melbourne was kind of overwhelming and I quickly felt like I didn’t like the city that much because it is busy, loud and lots of people. But I fell in love with the city more and more every day!
First thing I did was going to the bank to open up a bank account at get my card delivered to my hostel as quickly as possible and afterwards I just scrolled through the streets to get an idea of the city.
I felt like my jetlag wasn’t very bad because I wasn’t tired at all in the day, but the first 3 or 4 nights I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t fall back asleep for hours which was annoying but it’s all good now.
The weather here in Melbourne is not as I wished it would be. I freeze even though I wear all the clothes that I have with my (longsleeve, sweater, down jacket, softshell jacket and a scarf). The wind is pretty strong and especially in the shades it can be freezing. We have around 16-18° Celsius most days and in the sun it can get warm, but I am probably just not used to the “cold” after this hot summer in Europe.
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