Off to Australia! 24 Hour Journey and my First Day in Melbourne | Diary 001

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.

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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.

 

 

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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!

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Wednesday 19/9

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.

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Thursday 20/9

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).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Friday 21/9

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.

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Saturday 22/9

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.

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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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September Review

My life back home in Germany already feels so far away. But I still wanted to write this September Review to remember my last days with my friends and not miss out on this time when I’ll be going through my monthly reviews in the future.

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For my time in Australia, I plan to write diary style blog posts every few days or every week to update you and have a diary for myself about my journey.

So this September Review will only be about the time in Germany until the 19th and afterwards, posts of my first days in Melbourne will follow!

I’ll also include some favourites of the month because I won’t make extra favourite posts anymore.

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Review

My September hasn’t been that exciting as I was just preparing a lot as well as spending quality time with my family and friends.

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I enjoyed the last bits of summer at the pool, went to the lake, scrolled through my hometown and did all the usual stuff.

I tried to eat as healthy as possible because I wasn’t sure if I could always afford all the good veggies and fruits so I wanted to really enjoy it in my last days. As well as doing sport because the first days somewhere new I usually don’t feel like going for a run or working out. Especially now that I have to stay in hostels without a private room to do a home workout and a big city like Melbourne, where it isn’t really nice to go for a run…

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On Sunday I went to Wernigerode with my best friend because I’ll maybe start studying there next year so I wanted to have a look at the town. It is very cute and lovely, but not much going on… the problem is, that I can’t study the subject of International Tourism Management anywhere else that is not super far from my home, so I’ll have to get along with it.

In Wernigerode, they had these “snowball” called cookies, so we had to try them but got disappointed. It’s just boring dough with lots of sugar and cinnamon (or whatever flavour you take).

Luckily, I got the chance to still go to a new completely vegan restaurant that just opened up in Magdeburg, called Botanica and ate dinner there with my friends. Not just their interior is super cute, green, cozy and just lovely but also their food was amazing. I had a smoked tofu wrap with a very dense “meat-y” sauce which was amazing and a chocolate-pear cake for dessert. I’ll for sure go back right away when I’m home to try all the other meals on their menu!

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I also finally got these reusable cotton shopping bags that my mom is now taking to the supermarket. I really hope that it will be common soon to use these instead of plastic bags and until then my mom will be a good example for everyone!

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One Saturday me and my parents went to my family’s farm and I was so happy to be able to go there again before leaving for Australia. They have some animals as well as the best grapes ever and we were lucky to get there at the perfect time to take some home.

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And then it was time to say goodbye to all my friends. But before we had a wonderful weekend and got to spend a lot of time together before everyone is going to different directions now.

First, we went to the vacation home of my best friend (where we also stayed at after finishing exams in May) to celebrate her and her boyfriend’s birthday. We had a lovely evening, night and morning with good conversations, amazing food, a campfire and fun board games.

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For the party, I baked this vegan poppyseed-cheesecake which was super yummy! I love poppyseeds but I haven’t baked with them myself before. When I, now that I am writing this, think about cooking, baking and my kitchen at home, I really wish to be at home and be able to try out recipes… I already miss that!

You can find the recipe here!

 

 

The next day we drove straight to Leipzig where another friend is at dance school now. We met her in her new apartment, talked a lot because we haven’t seen each other in ages and made food (as per usual haha). I really fell in love with her apartment interior and I would love to have one myself one day and make it look beautiful just as she did.

Here you can see some interior inspiration by @jule.popule as I really love her interior style!

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And then on my last Sunday, it was the day of saying goodbye to all my friends. I invited them for brunch and we had a wonderful day with good food (again! Haha) and more conversations. I’m really going to miss these casual days/ evenings/night with my friends where we just cook, eat and talk…

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For my brunch, I baked some amazing vegan brownies with cherries that were so unbelievable yummy, chocolately, creamy, moist, fruity and fresh (because they are made with vegan yogurt), so I highly recommend you to try this recipe by elefantasticvegan!

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I also finally made time to go horseback riding again after ages and it was so much fun! I really hope that I’ll be able to find a job on a horse ranch here in Australia so that I can be around horses again.

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More

So this September Review ends with the 18th as I left to Australia and I’m going to write extra diary blog posts about that – so stay tuned for my first posts from Melbourne in the next days!

End of Summer | Tag

I’m sorry for the lack of posts the past couple of days but I’ve been busy organizing the last bits and spending lots of time with my friends.

Now I am currently on my way to Frankfurt as I am writing this. I literally cannot believe that my journey is finally starting, but before I get to all the new travel, Australia and backpacking content, I want to recap the last month.

Now that I am posting this, I already arrived in Melbourne :D So if you want to be up to date where I am and what I am doing, just follow me on Instagram!

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This summer has been very special to me as I finished school and really got to enjoy it since mid-May already and it has been my dream escape almost every day at school in the past.

I finally was able to spend my time with whatever I wanted, work and earn money and of course, make beautiful memories.

And the great thing about it – my summer isn’t over yet. On the other side of the world, I’ll start again with spring so I can write another summer recap in March next year! :D

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What Moment will stay in your memories forever?

There are several days that I won’t ever forget. The getaway to Vienna with Anna, many great nights with yummy food and laughs with my friends and the last weekend before I left home (that I’m going to tell you more about in my September review). But the probably most remarkable memory was dancing and singing together with my whole school year on my final prom. We danced to “We’re all in this together” from High School Musical and sung “I’ll always remember you” by Hannah Montana – ‘memories I’ll always save’!

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What song did you listen to over and over?

There hasn’t been one particular song. Lots of Mogli, Grace Vanderwaal, Jacks Mannequin…

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Favourite Food?

That’s even harder to decide than my favourite memory cause I ate sooo much good food. But to name three: Asian noodle salad with tofu and a sweet lime sauce in Leipzig, Lasagne with my best friends, vegan pizza with all the good veggies and selfmade pizza breads filled with spinach and cheese last weekend at my friend’s new apartment – and of course all the fresh sweet fruit!

What have you done for the first time this summer?

Worked in a beergarden or worked somewhere for money in general and it has been a great experience. I really loved the atmosphere at my work and if I can, I would definitely return!

But more importantly, there are many new things ahead of me: travelling alone for the first time, flying alone, going to Australia, backpacking, staying in hostel dorms…

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Did you have a Bucket List for the Summer? Have you done it all?

Not really. I had some plans like going to Wernigerode where I plan to study or exploring Vienna with Anna. Making a travel video in Portugal with my brother (that is almost finished!) and spending time with my friends and enjoying the amazing weather – that I all fulfilled.

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Favourite Quote?

I think this quote describes my summer and my whole life pretty perfectly at the moment – and I love it!

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Your favourite picture from this summer

I’m really bad at deciding things like that… usually, decisions aren’t too hard for me but I suck at choosing one out of many loved ones, so I’ll just show you a few.

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The pictures I took with Katja for the blog post: We drown in plastic.

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This picture will always remember me of the hot summer evening we had in Vienna.

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Pretty Food Pic’s I took with all the fresh yummy summer fruit!

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Sunset pictures from Portugal that my brother took of me.

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And last but not least this cute picture of my best friends an I at our final prom!

Best Concert?

I’ve only been to one concert this summer: Mogli in Leipzig and I wish I would have made it to the Lollapalooza in Berlin where I’ve had the best weekend last year, but it would’ve been too stressful with all the packing and preparing for Australia.

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What is planned for the next Summer?

My summer is not over yet, but for the next European summer I’ll still be in Australia and flying to Bali in July, meeting my best friends there and exploring Indonesia and probably Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Kuala Lumpur. But it’s nothing set.


Hoe was your summer? What have you done and what are your plans for next summer?