This article is part of a series relating to my 2 years trip in Australia
7 years ago I made one of the best decisions in my life. That is, leaving my comfy home and my dull 9 to 5 job and go travel a small part of the world.
The first plan was to be away for about 6 months. In the end, the trip lasted for 2 years. At first I wasn’t sure about where to travel to. I was 29 and with no long-term travel experience. After some research I learned some countries had some special visas for travelers under 30 years old allowing them the visit, travel and even work in the country. One of these countries is Australia. It was the other way around the world and seemed to have some pretty exotic spots, at least for European standards. My decision was made in an instant and so I applied for the ‘working holiday’ visa online (that’s what they call that visa type) and a few minutes later my visa was granted. All there was left to do in the following weeks was to book a plane ticket, arrange some accommodation for the first few days, pack my stuff and say goodbye to family and friends. And that’s pretty much what happened.
After a one week stop in steamy hot Dubai visiting an uncle who was based there for his work I arrived in Brisbane or Brissy as they say down there in Oz (Australia). The first thing that impressed me when I got in Brisbane, just as I was getting out of the train station was this huge building. Right in front of me I saw this Federation style house/building. In an instant I had this feeling that my trip had started.
It was the middle of the winter in Australia (July) but the temperature was just fine. The sky was cloudy but the temperature was showing a nice 22° celsius. Loaded with my backpack and struggling to find which bus I should take to go to Highgate Hill, the suburb where I did rent a room for a few weeks, a girl approached me and told me I seemed to be lost. I explained to her what I was looking for and she showed me in the right direction. That was the second thing that left me impressed. People in Australia are laidback and cool. I got on the bus, made sure with the driver I was going towards Highgate Hill and enjoyed the ride.
Highgate Hill is residential area located quiet close to Brisbane city. I would later often walk towards the city and back home by foot. As the name suggests it is situated on the hill sides of Brisbane just behind the West End, a very popular area in Brisbane. On arriving at the house where I rented a room for one month I met up with Mikhala, a student who was living there. She showed me where my room was. I dropped my luggage and she asked if wanted to join her to see a concert of a few of her friends later on. I was exhausted from the trip but excited at the same time from simply being in Australia. I decided to join her. Upon getting in the car I totally forgot the passenger seat was on the opposite side, something that would happen several times during my first few weeks in Australia…