I’m back and I felt so at home already in the airport of Sydney.
I’d chosen to take a night flight because it was cheap but even though I’d three seats to my disposal I got very little sleep. Therefore I’ve used two days to try and get into sync again 😀 but I’m here and I’ll stay now for 5-6 months and this is so wonderful.
The first day I went for a walk to Bondi Beach to get some food and I was recognized by the store owner from Bitebox. That felt amazing to get waved at, get a good talk and get a box with meat and vegetables. Then I went to the neighbour shop my favorite and got a fresh made melon juice. After that I went right down to the beach and just sat there and ate.
Guys I’m home 😀 it’s funny how many people say that their place/house/four walls are their home. For me it’s where my heart is and Bondi is where my heart is and no matter where I’ll end up living Bondi is my home and I’m a Bondi girl 🙂
And to make it even more adventurous while I was eating all hell broke loose for the lifeguards and they had to save two teenagers in very bad shape and they did as usual an amazing job. Most of it I know from the news because I’ll never join the ring of death unless it’s somebody I know getting saved.
In these days I stay at a hostel close to the beach so when I go to the roof top I get an amazing view over the ocean. One of these days when the weather is good I’ll go up there and do some whale watching.
I’m using my days on getting settled and getting ready for school which starts Monday at 9 am. Therefore I’ve been shopping a little – looking at places to stay – looking at job agencies – making my CV – you know all the boring stuff 😀
Tonight I’ll reward myself and get food from my favorite restaurant and the best thing is it’s big portions of quality food for cheap money.
Got my certification today in first aid, so another step towards Australia is completed and no matter what it’s important to keep up to date. Beside that first aid really is different down here.
As normal my brain flat lined and I freaked out but somehow I managed to keep my head so cold that I got through it.
I’ve always been bad of to exams and job interviews. In the old days I had diarrhea before, was white in the face, had problems keeping my head clear and was close to fainting etc. Compared to that I’m much better of now but still my body just shut down after meaning that I went home and slept a while. I woke up because of the telly and made some food which I’ve eaten very little of because I’m exhausted.
Even though I’m so bad of with exams and job interview I still do it – You just have to take the bull by the horns and do it. I took the certification and I know that I’ll go much better in real life.
From the first minute or actually before I ever arrived I’ve had some weird connection to Bondi Beach and last year when I went their the first time I felt so at home and fell in love with the place. As I got to know the area I’ve expanded it to the area from Bronte and the whole costal walk to Bondi.
Today the weather was amazing so I got up early to take a SUP lesson with Dean and I made a photo rapportage to show why I love this place.
Already before the sun is up there is local people on the beach training, surfing and getting a morning bath. Some mornings there are photo shoots, preparations to parties, couples lying together and waking up etc. About 9-10 in the weekends or holidays the families and tourist arrives, and I just love watching the families because I see so much joy. Beside that every time I’m on the beach I see new things and I get a calmness and joy especially if I can get on the water.
The water is my meditation – I’m in the now and I get a time-out from life and I love it – Some days my dyspraxia in the legs are controllable and I stay on the board. Other days like today I had to have help to get to shore and I fell into the water 4 times – but in the end it’s not how many times I fall – it’s how many time I get up again that counts 😉
I must say I have begun to love AirBnB 😃 because I have had some amazing experiences and still there is a certain guaranty both in the host but also safety issues.
Until now I’ve had my own room, lived in a tree-house and right now I’m couch surfing with a guy I feel 100% safe with – just a very decent guy. I still haven’t tried glamping which might be an option in Hawaii (glamping is living in a tent with a real bed and proper living area).
The hostess I’ve had has all been very interesting people that is in it not just for the money but because they really like having foreigners in their homes and several will have a place in my heart for life.
For me a hotel is so expensive and I rather use my money on some great excursions and a hostel can be amazing but here I often get a bed in a room to myself for the same price or cheaper than a hotel. Still there’s a person around that actually cares, which makes it a bit safer to travel by myself 🙂
If you use airbnb and anything should happened according to unforeseen problems/challenges you can always contact the company and they’ll find a solution if you can’t find a solution with the host by yourself. Fortunately I haven’t had any problems and I intent to carry on like that 😉 Beside that both host and you get reviewed and the more it happens you’ll get a status which makes it mutual safe to agree on living under the same roof for a short while 🙂
Even on holiday you can have one of these days where you just want to sit down and laugh 😀 And yes I’m talking of experience – actually I’ve had two in a row.
Yesterday I got up 5:30 since I had my skydive and would be picked up about 30 minutes walk from here. It was raining and not just a nice rain shower, no it was pouring down and even with my rain coat and -trousers I was soaking wet arriving to the pick-up place because the water came in everywhere. Then the bus trip to Wollongong took an amazingly long time because there were several roadworks. But on the plus side yesterday I did my skydive and I’ll write about it later. Beside that a lady from the skydive crew dried my hoodie for me while I was in the air – what a sweetheart. After skydiving I met Fuzz at Bondi Beach and had a cosy time and then the rain came so I just used an uber cap to come home.
Today started ok because it had been raining all night and it stopped in time before I left for training and it stayed that way until I arrived on Bondi Beach, then we had a little rain that stopped when my session started (thank you 🙂 ) – talk about being lucky). On the costal walk home I had the rain in my back so my power walking I reached home without getting soaked 🙂
Today I’d planned to wash my clothes while cutting and fixing my hair but my landlord was washing her stuff – f*ck ! what to do (I’m wearing my last pieces of clothing) – I went on the internet + asked my landlord and learned that there was a laundry shop pretty close to here and I got my stuff and left. It had apparently been closed so no such thing. I found a couple of places on the internet but the phone numbers wasn’t in use. I’d to go back to the bnb and returned to the bus stop but the local school had just finished and the streets was filled with children. It would probably have taken me 20-30 minutes to get a bus, therefore I chose to walked back.
Now I’m back in the bnb and fortunately the washing machine is free and the sun is up with a kind breeze so my clothes will be dry in a couple of hours LOL (hopefully 😀 )
All these small challenges when you’re living in a new area while traveling 😉
I’ve experienced so much from I left Darwin and arrived in Sydney and I’ll about it in due time but the internet here is slow so I’d to wait until all my pictures was backed up before beginning to edit with them.
I arrived in Sydney Wednesday and have been busy spending my time with exercising, spending time with Fuzz on Bondi Beach and finding information for my future.
The sun is very strong in the morning so got my first sun burn from the chest and up even with 50+. The bnb I’m living in is so nice and relaxed and I love my butterfly/flower bed.
But! I had to make this post because these last days I’ve had some really amazing experiences:
- Friday I was on the SUP board again and I didn’t fall into the water at all and there were waves = major progress in body control and strength – woo hoo
- yesterday I wanted to buy a juice and it was a cash only place so while I went to an ATM a lady paid for my juice.
- I learned that it’s pretty easy to get a student visa here in Australia, so tomorrow I’m going to Sydney to talk to three schools that teaches academic english. If I’m accepted I’ve a place to stay already.
- I got my new swim suit today and it fits perfectly
- today my flat mate told me to use her spices so I don’t have to buy new ones.
- today I took a day off from boot camp and I’ve been working on my pictures and especially on starting my little side business on redbubbles selling my pictures and designs. Therefore I’m begging for help to spread the word. You don’t have to buy anything but please help me promote my stuff.
- I’ve found three organic shops in Bronte/Bondi where I live and spend most of my time.
Things are lucking a little brighter so I’m very happy and grateful.
Fear isn’t real – or that is what a lot of wise people says. It’s all in the head – YES – I know! but f*ck it’s real to me and my body reacts when it happens. It’s so embarrassing because I’m a “girl in glove”-fighter, bungee jumping, zip-lining, pole climbing kinda girl.
According to a lot of research #1 fear is speaking in front of a lot of people – yes I do get nervous and sweaty, but I can do it.
So what is my fears – spiders no – find them intriguing but allergic to them so not going to get into a close relationship with those guys 😉
For me it’s flying in helicopters or small airplanes beside that being under water in a “tin can” like a sub-marine. And yes it’s real fear because I hyperventilate, sweat, cries etc. – so annoying. Therefore I’m going to face my fears on my trip to down under, so in Darwin I’m going on a excursion where there is a helicopter in the game. In Sydney I’ll take a tandem skydiving jump from 14.000 feet in a tiny airplane – that should cure it 😀
The best thing is that after I’ve decided to do it, it doesn’t seem so bad and I’ve begun go look forward to it 🙂
So guys facing the fear is the best you can do – set yourself free. Just remember a little controllable fear is good so we don’t go out and jump out from a house believing we can fly. PLUS controllable fear can be a great catalyzer if you learn to use the fear in a good way. I had to learn to do it when I teach and … YES – I’m still pretty nervous before I’ve a class or a speech, but as soon as I get started somehow I manage to turn the fear into something good.
You know there is always something good in everything that happens 🙂