The Best Weekend ever in Melbourne! | Diary 003

This weekend was by far the best time I had on my journey until now! It was an amazing weekend, so much going on, so many new and amazing people I met, lots of conversations, laughs and all in all a wonderful time – I enjoyed every single moment!

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Friday 28/9

Friday was a very exciting day as I got to meet my AuPair parents for the first time! They spontaneously flew from Brisbane to Melbourne for the football final (will talk about that later) and so I got to meet them for breakfast and it was so lovely. We really connected and I am so happy I found them and get to stay with them at least for one month.

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We had the best Avo Smash Toast at ‚MockTurtle‘ I’ve ever eaten in my entire life and talked a lot. It was so great to be able to meet them and we really got along with each other so well, that I am even more excited to be their AuPair now!

Because it was a really rainy and cold day I just stayed at the hostel after the meetup, did some laptop work and drank tea…

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In the afternoon I went to ‚The crown‘ hotel with the guy from New Zealand to walk through the biggest casino in whole Australia. A friend told me to do so and it really was crazy! We walked through the whole building for about an hour and almost got lost in there because it is so huge! There is not only a casino and hotel there but also several restaurants, a food court, a shopping mall and clubs in one building.

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Saturday 29/9

Saturday was a very exciting day for the whole city: The Australian football final took place in Melbourne, so the city was crowded, and my hostel fully booked.

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That’s why I had to change hostel and moved into a 12-bed dorm in The Nunnery a much cooler hostel in the hip and alternative area of Melbourne called Fitzroy. Sabrina already lived here, so I knew it was awesome, only a bit more expensive (35$ per night ~ 22€). But it’s definitely worth it as the people here are much cooler, it’s located in the hip and alternative area and I’m excited to explore all the vintage shops, little boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants. Also, most of the awesome vegan places are located here as well.

So I just had some last pancakes in the hostel, grabbed all my belongings and moved.

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In the afternoon the West Coast Eagles played against Collingwood (a district of Melbourne). As my AuPair family originally is from Perth the supported the Eagles and so did I. We went to the pub together with a group of boys from the hostel and watched it there. They explained us some rules and it was a lot of fun watching it – luckily, the Eagles won!!

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Afterwards, we were hungry for burgers, so we went to Lord of the Fries, an Australian all vegan fast food burger chain. It isn’t very expensive (as most eating out places are) and it was so delicious! Very unhealthy, fried, fatty and salty, but amazing. I got a “fish burger” and sweet potato fries and I’ll for sure come back if I crave something unhealthy!

The boys took us to the theatre to watch ‚Bogan Shakespeare‚ which was very funny but also kinda hard to understand so Sabrina and I sometimes looked at each other when everyone else was laughing and were like “did you get that?” haha.

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Sunday 30/9

On Sunday I went for breakfast with my AuPair mom again before they leave back to the Sunshine Coast and it was so lovely! We went to a small café called ’slowpoke‘ in Fitzroy, had amazing breakfast and good conversations. I am already very excited to meet the kids and be their AuPair next year!

This time I didn’t go for Avo toast because I knew that they couldn’t beat the first one, so I went for buckwheat granola with coconut yogurt, almond milk and pears which was super yummy.

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Afterwards, Sabrina, me and some boys from the hostel went to Queen Victoria Market again to buy fruits and veggies and I had some carrots and hummus before we went to an Escape room. I’ve never done that before, but it was so much fun! A lot of numbers and codes and not always easy to understand in English but I’ll for sure do that again.

Afterwards, we make a veggie roast together (one of the Aussies is vegan!) and then spend the night at the hostel playing board games which was a lot of fun and great to learn more vocabulary.

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Exploring Melbourne & Making Friends | Diary 002

When I first arrived in Melbourne, I stayed in a 4-bed female dorm for the first three nights that I already pre-booked from home. That’s how I met Sabrina from Italy that I still hang out with now and it was good to have a smaller room at the beginning of my stay.

It is pretty comfortable to stay in a smaller room if you want some privacy as well as staying in a female dorm as you can change clothes in the room instead of in your bed / in the bathroom.

But bigger rooms are obviously cheaper and I feel like after 8-10 people it doesn’t matter anyway. You just need some good earplugs and maybe a sleeping mask.

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Sunday 23/9

Today we decided to walk through the north of the CBD where some cool streets that are definitely worth checking out are located. One is Lygon Street, known as Little Italy where you find a lot of restaurants, especially Italian and from other European countries. Then we went to Brunswick Street in Fitzroy for the first time, which is now my favourite area to stroll around. It has a lot of awesome vintage shops, small boutiques, second-hand shops, cafés, bars & restaurants. Almost all the hip vegan places are located there and I am very excited to discover them more in the next days.

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Everyone I talked to in the hostel recommended the Queen Victoria Market for fruit & veggie shopping. It is super nice to walk around there and look at the yummy food they offer (at least when you like food shopping like I do haha). They don’t just have fruits and veggies but also cheese, spreads, meat, bread & a food court, as well as clothes, leather wear, souvenirs and more.

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As we went there pretty late we got some great deals on the produce and they also sometimes have bags of “not so pretty” or “not so fresh” produce for a lower price, so I recommend to look for those to buy cheap. I got a bag of tomatoes, spinach and 2 capsicums each for 2 dollars and 5 bananas for only 1$! I also bought the best hummus ever for 3$ which is not a bad price and it’s super delicious and homemade as well.

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Monday 24/9

In Melbourne and Sydney walks101 offers free walking tours where you only pay whatever you want at the end of the tour. I went there alone but got to meet a lot of other travellers along the tour. I highly recommend going there as it’s always great to learn some facts about the place you stay in, it’s cheap and a great way to meet others. There is another free tour in St. Kilda, a district of Melbourne at the beach, that I plan to do in the next days as well.

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After those 3 nights in the 4-bed dorm, I moved into a 10 bed dorm because it’s cheaper and you also get to meet more people. Of course, you never get along with all of them but at least the chance of finding someone you connect with is higher. You also meet guys (people of the other gender) more easily.

For the first week I stayed at the Nomads All Nations Hostel in Melbourne in the CBD area which was good to do most of the touristy stuff and very easy to go to all places as there is a free Tram zone in the Centre of Melbourne. The hostel itself isn’t super awesome, not very clean and some weird people but still alright to stay at, especially for that price (I paid 24$ for a night which is 15€).

The funny thing was, that I met a boy from New Zealand on the free walking tour and it turned out that he was in my new dorm as well.

I also had to go food shopping and went to Aldi for the first time here in Oz. It’s so fun that they have this German supermarket chain here and they have a lot of good stuff for a good price as well. Bought a ’nuts, seeds and fruit mix‘ to get some healthy fats by almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds as well as a sweet topping for my breakfast with raisins as well as ‚banana bread slices‘.

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Tuesday 25/9

After doing the free walking tour there were some places that I wanted to go back to alone, so that’s what I did the next day. I went to Federation Square, got a free Kombucha and walked through the small museum of Aboriginal Art (I’m not sure if I just didn’t found the right museum or if it is really that small haha).

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I walked through the laneways (that’s how they call the small streets with no cars here) in East CBD, as well as the Block Arcade and Centreway Arcade where they had a few lovely vintage shops and a natural soap shop.

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Wednesday 26/9

On Wednesday I went to Brighton Beach with Sabrina and a guy from Argentina who is from our hostel as well. We got there by train and walked along the beach and the neighbourhood, which is beautiful and so calm in comparison to the Centre of the City.

We were very lucky with the weather as well and even though the wind is quite cold, the sun was nice and warm.

The famous Bath Houses are located at Brighton Beach as well so we obviously could not resist stopping at the pretty ones to take some touristy pictures.

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Later we bought some lunch (olive ciabatta and olive hummus for me) and sat down at the beach to enjoy the sun and read a bit.

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In the afternoon Sabrina and I went to the Queen Victoria Market again as there was an Asian Night Market. There were a lot of food stands with Asian food, but very meat based and it was loud and crowded so we just walked through it and bought food in the supermarket instead.

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In Sabrina’s hostel (that is my hostel now as well) they had a movie night, so I joined her – even though the movie was boring haha.

Thursday 27/9

The next day I spend a beautiful day alone in the south of Melbourne. I went to the Art Center of Melbourne and thought about buying a ticket to see the Australian Ballet perform Spartacus, but sadly the tickets were too expensive because I was too late, but I really want to go to a Ballet in Sydney in the Opera House for sure!

Afterwards, I visited the free zones of the Art Museum where they had many beautiful and super cute books with a message as well as some art souvenirs.

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I spend the afternoon in the Botanical Gardens, read on my Kindl* and enjoyed the sunshine!

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At night time me and the Kiwi guy from my hostel joined Sabrina for a Pup crawl in Fitzroy and it was a lot of fun. We also met two Aussie guys that we hang out a lot with now.


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I could not imagine at first that it would be so easy to meet people but especially in my second hostel in Melbourne, it was no problem at all and so much fun to play board games and talk to people from all around the world! → more in my next Diary post!

 

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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