13.09.2016 - 22.09.2016
Today officially marks two weeks here in Sydney and it definitely feels much longer because so much has happened so far!
My first days were full of tons of sleep recovering fro my 24 hour flight and jet lag. Leaving the US for the second time around felt much better. I got to have a longer goodbye with my boy Tobey and this time I was blessed with having TSA recheck. I headed off with two 53 pound suitcases, a backpacking backpack, and a whopping 32 pound "personal item."
Mom and I tried to hide the personal item from the woman who was checking my bag and succeeded thank goodness. But classic moment when I found out my gate was on the other end of the airport as far as it could d be and I had to lug that bag all the way there. From the time I arrived at the airport until the time I boarded, I was down a pair of underwear (since it awkwardly fell out of my bag and I left it behind), had arm pain from my bag, and had my jar of peanut butter taken from me at security But all else was great! I lucked out and even had two seats to myself during my sixteen hour flight so I got to lay out. My first stay in Sydney was at a place called Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway and was a room with seven other people. I got my phone all set up and bank account to start, and spent the next few days enjoying Sydney! I made friends with two of my roommates--Yuka and Marcel who are also here on a 12 month visa. One of my favorite parts of Sydney from the start was the vast amount of green space and parks....also fun seeing the weird birds that inhabited them! Lots of finding nemo seagull lookalikes! I walked around the University of Sydney, which had a very Hogwarts-esque vibe to it and was really beautiful.
One day Marcel and I went to see Sydney's Royal Botanical Gardens, the Rocks, and the Harbour Bridge/Opera House area. Even though it was a cloudy day when we went it was still incredibly breathtaking to see it all and made it really sink in that I was finally in Sydney. Definitely can't wait to climb that bridge soon!
On September 19th, my fourth day in Sydney, I had my first day of my internship with CRCC Asia. It was full of training mostly, but it was great to meet Chelsea and Mike, who were super cool, and to finally get some purpose in my days after a long, lazy summer. On my second day, after getting up early and getting ready, Mike texted me and said I could come in at two for the day instead of 9. Since I was already ready, I decided to head out to Bondi Beach and enjoy the beautiful, sunny day. I absolutely loved the area...the water was so blue and clear and everything just seemed so clean and was so relaxing. I sat on a bench and spent I while reading my book--my ideal morning! The next day at work Mike and Chelsea took me out for a welcome lunch at a rooftop cafe near the harbour with a spectacular view.
It was my first real meal in Sydney and I decided to go with an Australian Classic--fish and chips! After my lunch I headed to my Barista Course with CBD College to become an accredited Barista, which would help me work in a cafe. Turns out Sydney has some of the best coffee in the world and the menus are full of cappuccinos, flat whites, short blacks, lattes and so much more and are made with those huge milk frothing, espresso making machines. I actually found the course a lot of fun even after the long morning. I leaned all of the different types of drinks here, learned to froth milk properly, use those huge machines, and made some designs in the drinks too! To make the day even longer, after getting out of the course at 9, I got to move into my apartment that night! Lydia, Caroline, and I now had a home for the next few months!
I spent the next day getting things to make the new apartment a bit more homey. When I found out my bedroom with my king-size bed was actually two twin beds pushed together with a thin sheet over it...lol. So i got a blanket to put on top, some decorative pillows, and lights. As for the rest of the apartment, the couches had holes and were absolutely filthy, there was mold all over our bathroom walls, and though we were told it had just been cleaned the day before....it clearly hadn't. Although at this point I was just happy to have a room for myself!