When I first arrived in Australia I came to Sydney, which by the way is not the capital as I thought (that would be Canberra), and I spent five days there. The first two nights in a hostel and the other three nights couch surfing. Let me just tell you I have never experienced jet lag before as I did when I first arrived. I was falling asleep by 6 or 7pm and up at 3 in the morning, it probably would have been worse had I come directly from the States rather than the slight buffering being in Europe had offered. Well first on the agenda was of course the Sydney Opera House, the most internationally recognized structure in Australia.
My friend that I met in Thailand and stayed with in Finland, was now in Australia for a few months so she we met up and off we went through lovely parks and then off to the harbour to see the Bridge and the Opera House. I gotta tell you I really was expecting to have my breath taken away a bit more, I mean it looks so spectacular on TV not to say it isn’t but I perhaps had my expectations a tad too high. A lovely sight nonetheless. The next day we took a few miles stroll along the coast from Coogee to the famous Bondi beach. This was a great day. The weather was beautiful in the days with just a slight chill in the evenings, I did arrive in their autumn after all. I must tell you though, all I wanted were to see some kangaroos and koalas, typical I know, but hey!
After my few days in Sydney I was off to the Gold Coast to meet up with another friend. I had never even heard of that area before nor did I know at the time it would end up being home to me for the next few months. I arrived at night, which I love when traveling to a place for the first time, because when you wake up its like getting to experience it all over again since everything is so different in the daytime. All I remember were beaches, which if you know anything about me, you know I love. I had originally planned to only stay for a week and then head to Brisbane, which all the locals questioned with a confused look. So I stayed! The best part, I got to see my kangaroos and koalas, even got a membership to the wildlife sanctuary. I was a happy camper, and the apartment across the street from the beach with the amazing ocean views and glorious sunrises, Icing on the cake!
Now there are the people, for the most part I have really found Australians to be very friendly people and I’ve said it before but you gotta love that accent. Although to be fair I am unfortunately becoming a bit immune to it now. What excites me the most about Australia is just how much there is to explore and all the natural wonders this place has to offer, I can’t wait to really begin to dive in and bring you guys along.