Thought I better update this as it has been nearly as long as Liverpool has won a League Title since I updated you all on my travels. I have many excuses I could say, but the truth is I have just been lazy.
So let's begin. Quite a lot has happened since I last updated. I now have a Job, new flat, and both Tom and James have left back for England. So first let me tell you about my new job which I have been doing for around six weeks. I work in Market Research, phoning people or businesses in Australia asking them to take part in surveys. So yes one of those annoying people who always disturb you. But as in my previous annoying jobs, it has made me appreciate the job. So far I have worked on surveys about Local Council and Government which are both handy ways of expressing your opinion if you want something changing around your area. And then there is the tobacco survey we are which if you smoke you get paid $30 for, so doing surveys can be well worth while. The only job I really can't stand is the business to business survey where we have to ask about Advertising. But work is going well; I earn more money in two weeks there than I did in a month back home. So hopefully I can save up enough money for my next adventure. Whatever that maybe. The work is also good as you can choose as many or as little hours as you like. I have been putting the shifts in so I can earn as much money as possible.
So what else, yeah Tom and James left. Their first year visa was over and they decided they didn't want to stay for a second year and would return some other time in the future. So you may be wondering what am I doing now, am I on my own? Made new friends? Well just before Tom and James left, James friend brother Tom was in Sydney so stayed with us for a night. He is a sound lad even though he is a Chelsea fan, so I took it upon myself to show him the ropes of Sydney, showing him the opera house, the bridge, botanic gardens, Scruffy Murphy's. I also helped him get a job Fundraising where I use to work, but he didn't last too long as he didn't like the job to much which is understandable, so now after a few weeks in a hostel where we met some crazy fun people he moved into our flat and got himself a steady job in a factory and a pub. I have also met up with old Crown friends, most notably for Ben Conway's birthday when we went playing drunken lawn bowls and then went to a house party. Also I met up with people I knew from back home, most notably a couple of nights out with a girl called Fenella who I met in Malia back in 2007. And a guy who I use to work with called Liam who was out here on holiday with the missus. That was a crazy night, we met up Easter Friday where we expected everything to be open but for some strange reason everything shut at 1. Apart from one Spanish Bar we found, so we got quite drunk in there until the early hours. I also have my new flat mates. Who I will talk about in more detail soon but most of them are alright and we went out to a Korean restaurant just the other night and had Korean Vodka Beer Bombs. And of course there are always my new work mates who have joined me for a few social beverages every now and again. It was messy and didn't help me and Tom at work the next day. It's one of the natures of travelling people come and go all of the time, it's one of the hardest things making good friends and then waving goodbye to them knowing most likely especially if they are from another country you will never see them again. But you can't dwell on this and just move forward with the next experiences.
Moving on, and let me tell you about the new flat. Tom and James leaving coinciding with some Chinese girls taking over our old flat so I had to move out. I spent a couple of weeks searching for somewhere decent where I could reside. And the choice came down to two. The first was more expensive but the key factor was it had a Jacuzzi on the balcony. The other was cheaper, more room and had I could have a bottom bunk. I chose the cheapest option. I am a backpacker and I didn't have a job at this point. So moving day came around and I moved in only for my door to be locked. The landlord, An attractive South Korean lady called Eddy banged on the door, we were greeted by an Italian chap, short with a bold head, looked a bit like Gollum from the lord of the rings, with his laptop blearing and his belt under. We had obviously caught him pleasuring himself. The flat didn't look good from there, but then I met the others. Palloom a South Korean guy who later moved out, replaced by Milan a Czech guy who works as a kitchen hand and often brings us home all sorts of Thai dishes. Then in the other room is two German guys Markus and Yanu. Yanu works in a restaurant also and brings us Pizza pretty much every night. The downside to this is that it's not helping me losing weight which I want to do, as I am heading in the direction of Rick Waller. Well that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I am the heaviest I have ever been and need to get back in shape. Anyway in the downstairs room is my mate Tom, Henrik a guy from Sweden who has worked with Gordon Ramsey before and now a South Korean girl and a Brazilian girl who invited me to stay with her when the World Cup is on in Brazil. Be rude not to I think! So yeah the flat is good despite the crazy Italian guy who has the smallest pants in the world and often roams around in them, but I think he will leave soon so it's all good.
So what else do I have to tell you, Oh yeah I escaped Sydney for a weekend. I decided to hop on a plane and surprise my good friend Luca who I met on at the Crown while Banana Farming in Melbourne for his birthday. We had a good couple of nights catching up with old Crown friends and getting drunk. Melbourne was a nice place too, pretty different to Sydney. It was more cultural and focused on arts and sports. There was a comedy festival on while I was there, unfortunately I didn't get to see anything and also loads of AFL games. Luca took me a tour of the city though where I got to see the main square and the city. There is probably not as much to look at as Sydney who of course has the Opera House and all that jazz. There were two things I didn't like about Melbourne though, one was the trams. They used these everywhere to get around town. There a good idea, I just think I didn't like them as I didn't know where I was going or what I was doing. The other thing was the weather, it was freezing, probably about 13 degrees, but it was the coldest I have ever been in Australia. I had a jumper on and for the first time in a long while my hands were tucked up my sleeves. I still had shorts on though. Luca told me that Melbourne because of its location is very weird weather wise and you can sometimes get all four seasons in one day. Overall Melbourne was nice and I will definitely go back there. I have to for the Melbourne Cup, Melbourne Grand Prix and most importantly to do the tour of the Neighbours set. But I do think I prefer Sydney, maybe that's because I am use to it and know my way around though and Melbourne just reminded me of England.
In other news Easter was carnage for me and Tom (New Tom) we had the night in the Spanish bar with my friend Liam from back home which I have already told you about. We went to Newtown and a house part on Easter Sunday for my friend Fenella's birthday. And then on Easter Monday we had an all-day barbeque for my friend who I use to work with fundraising whose birthday it was and was shortly about to return to Perth to work in the mines. And on Saturday we of course had our standard night out in Scruffy Murphy's. Other notable nights out included St Paddy's Day where we hoped to catch midget Leprechaun wrestling but we just missed it through no fault of our own as someone had told us the wrong time, but we did meet the midgets outside and had our photo took with them. And just the other night was Tom's first night at the pub he works so I got a few people together and went there and murdered some Arctic Monkey songs on Karaoke in the process.
We've not done much touristy for a while but now that me and Tom our earning we plan to do some things, like visit the Blue Mountains, Climb the Harbour Bridge and visit Summer Bay. So hopefully my next update might be a little more entertaining and I will try my best to keep this updated much more regularly as now doubt I have probably missed some crazy things I wanted to tell you all about. Which reminds me recently I had my second year visa application granted, so let the dream continue!
Stay Safe and Take Care