IMPRESSIONS OF THE FIRST WEEK DOWN UNDER AUSTRALIA
After a sad goodbye with my parents at Frankfurt airport with many tears, I have now safely arrived in Australia. But the first week Down Under was interesting and I summarise what happened.
The travel journey from Frankfurt to Brisbane / Layover in Bangkok
My 18-hour layover at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok was the first mission because after arriving there and leaving my backpack at left luggage storage, I headed to the city center at 6 am realizing that it was way too early. It was incredibly humid and I was wearing the worst possible gear: long sleeve and thick tracksuit bottom. So I headed back to the airport seeing all the Thai’s already going to work and kids to school in their nice uniform.
Long story short: wanted to take shower, no shower at the airport, brilliant idea Thai massage instead, again AirTran to city center, got the first taste of what it means to get a “Thai massage”, airport waiting, super tired, tried to sleep on a bench, woke up seeing that some Thai’s tried to get into my back, so sleeping failed, waiting, couldn’t sit anymore without falling asleep, walking circles, waiting, finally boarding. Watch out!
Arriving in Brisbane after 39 hours traveling time. Jet lag?
Impressions of the first week Down Under
My first few days in the land of OZ were pretty decent.
Hostel & jet lag experience: I arrived at the City Backpackers hostel (first time ever staying in a hostel), where I got to experience what it means sharing a room with five other strangers in a 6-bed-dorm. I met one of my roomies Coalan from Ireland who had a very strong English accent, which was pretty hard to understand. We became friends and a few days later we traveled to Byron Bay. However, on my first day, I was hit by something I’ve heard off but didn’t actually believe it existed, the jet lag. So I completely passed out at 7 pm and woke up after midnight – great.
Learned: What it means to order a jug, live like a backpacker and do whatever I want. And on top what it smells like in a 30-bed dorm – didn’t stay there!
My feeling: Everything feels completely new, I feel completely free and it kind of felt like a new beginning/chapter in my life.
Meeting like-minded-people: I met tons of cool people – mainly from the UK or Germany,
having a lot of fun and sharing the travel story planning.
Important things organized: I got myself a Lebara SIM card to make phone calls,
opened a bank account with ANZ and wrote with the help of my English friend Coalan to what they call a ‘Resume’ for my later job applications.
The first impression about Australia is: like they always say, “awesome”, no honestly,
Aussie’s, what Australian’s are actually called, are really friendly, super helpful and such laid back people.
So that’s the story so far Down Under. Apart from that everything is so bloody expensive in Australia: food, accommodation, drinks, barbers, everything! In that case,
I think I have to start working sooner than expected. However, a very important saying I’ve learned is:
CHEERS MATE – NO WORRIES!