If you don’t like the mood you’re in, create another. There are many ways to create a mood. You can set the lighting, you can put on music, you can go for a walk in nature, you can meditate. All these things can help to dislodge an unwanted mood and make way for a more enjoyable mood. All of these…
Well yall my experience in Australia wasn’t exactly ideal, but that’s the way that traveling goes sometimes! You have to go with the flow and stay positive regardless of the circumstances. I had an amazing time and I will definitely be back to Aus. The 10 and a half hour flight that I was so nervous about was not bad at all. Movie watching, a few catnaps, reading, music listening, then BAM! in Sydney. I was worried about flying with Jetstar because it’s a pretty budget airline, but it was great! No complaints.
So two trains and about a 10 min walk I found my hostel no problem and made a friend straight away when I walked in my room. Sometimes you worry and then things just work out no problem! The Blue Parrot hostel was great and centrally located. It was only about a 30 min walk to the Opera house!
I have nothing but good things to say about Australia. This country is so clean, has amazing public facilities, and the people are so friendly. There are beautiful walkways that wander through botanical gardens and harbors with breathtaking views of the Sydney skyline. Australia really reminded me of a mix of the UK and sometimes NYC. I got to walk around and experience Sydney a little bit, buuuut not as much as I would have liked because I got very sick! Sydney was about 50-70 degrees so it was quite cold for a girl from Hawaii, which is why I think I got sick. Friday morning my first morning I woke up feeling awful and I was pretty much sick until Monday. There goes my fun weekend in Sydney, huh? I had a horrible cold with a fever and still have a lingering cough, but all is well now. So after a lot of time spent in bed in my hostel (thank goodness I spent the extra money and got that 4 bed dorm and not a 10 bed dorm!) and sweet hostel mates taking care of me (thanks nurse Crissy! You da best.) I have emerged and am ready for New Zealand!
I can already tell there are so many young people my age doing the working holiday visa gig in both Australia and New Zealand. Apparently there aren’t too many Americans in Oz though… which is interesting. Most of the people I met in the hostel were from France, Germany, or England. Australia really does seem like it has a lot to offer and one of the friends that I made, Crissy, has been there for almost 2 years now and she had been living mostly in the Outback! How cool.
As I type this right now I’m on the plane flying to Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. I will be there for about 4 days and then I’m going out to Akaora Harbor to work on a farm. Then it’s down to Queenstown to meet the beautiful Jessie to work and live with her until Christmas. I can’t believe it’s finally happening!!
Whenever I am flying I make sure I have a good song lined up for when I land or sometimes I put it on shuffle and let fate decide. Regardless of the fact I have very distinct memories of songs I was listening to when gliding over the oceans or lands entering a new place or returning to a place that I once called home. There is nothing more magical.
Today as the snow covered Southern Alps began to peak into sight I was listening to this song that I have posted. Words just can’t convey what I felt. All I know is that this is definitely the start to an amazing adventure. <3
Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.