Lovely people of the internet,
after finishing secondary school in September 2006 I flew to Australia for 9 month. What was meant to be an au-pair stay, turned into the adventure of a lifetime! I was 20 at the time and needed to find my place in the world, needed to figure out what I wanted to do, if I wanted to study, and if so what. Australia was my safe place, my escape from reality. Not knowing what to expect, I booked my ticket impulsively and left for Sydney a week after, by myself. The furthest I’ve gone by the time was to Spain, with my grandparents and to Croatia with friends for 2 weeks. Luckily, on my second day, I met what is to this day my best friend. I was meant to stay in Sydney and work for at least 5 month, but when she asked me if I’d wanted to travel to Melbourne with her, YES seemed to be the perfect answer. So I ditched my plans for money, accommodation, safety and left for the unknown. Everything was a haze of parties, fun, meeting great people, beautiful locations, enjoying ourselves.
What I love about Australia is the mentality, everyone is relaxed, happy and suntanned. I love Australia’s variety. It’s vibrant cities on the east coast with great party spots and vibrant colors. The magical and history-charged red centre which feels out of this world. And it’s insanely beautiful and calm west where you can explore National Parks and beaches more miraculous than you’ve ever seen before. My favorite city was Sydney, hands down. Although I grew up in a really small town, I was always mentally a city-girl. Sydney back then had it all (and probably still has): great coffee, chilled hangout spots, a great beach, amazing scenery, perfect surfing spots, perfect shopping opportunities, everything.
Obviously, Australia isn’t perfect. As every countries, it has it’s problems with race discrimination, overfishing, pollution, etc. But for me, just for my peace of mind, it is indeed the perfect country to live in. I fell in love with this continent instantly and still am until today. Not all who wander are lost! I wouldn’t give up anything to move to Australia for good anymore, some things have changed. I don’t feel lost anymore, well not the way I did back then anyways… Overall I am quite happy with how my life turned out, I am in a content relationship and excited to discovers new adventures of adulthood. ♥