I've been in Australia for just over 3 weeks now and it's still amazing! I'm getting used to being on the other side of the world now, but it still hits me at times.
Guess who got a job?! That would be me ;) I applied for loads and they were the first ones to get back to me, and it's not bad at all. I'm just waiting on again, very different to back home though. All the other people who work there are so lovely. The only bummer is that I have to work Christmas, but I'd be alone anyway so might as well spend it with someone and earn money while I do! I think it'll be weird though, first Christmas away from home and I kind of wanted to do something cool. But it's money to let me travel more, and I hopefully won't have to work for the rest of my travels if I save lots...and not go shopping....
I'm enjoying spending time with my friends and going to cool places with them- we went on a road trip down to the Great Ocean Road, which is a geography nerd's paradise. Absolutely loved it, we got to feed wild parrots and aw kookaburras and wild koalas in trees! I'm excited to see the rest of Australia, that was only the beginning. I'm also loving being able to spend time on my own. I was never very good at being alone but it's good that I can now. The other day I got the train into the city, bought some new shoes for work and then got a tram to a place called St Kilda. It's a big backpacker spot but because I'm not staying in a hostel I don't really know anyone else. I sat on the beach for a while and read my book, then I walked down the pier and watched the sunsets and saw the fairy penguins on the rocks, which was just amazing! After it had got dark I got some food and sat on the beach in the moonlight and had some time alone to think about things- it can get pretty overwhelming at times. But it was good and then I walked to meet my friends in a bar where some of their friends were playing a gig, nice to get out a bit!
So, it's just working and exploring at the moment, and meeting new people! I was asked to help a friend work at a gig last week, for a band called Dream Theater. They're pretty big but I'd never heard of them. It was good to experience behind the scenes at a gig, and I was even allowed to play the MASSIVE drum kit before they went on stage, which was just incredible.
So, it's hard work backpacking ;) I'm excited for what's to come, bring it on!