Three weeks have past and it felt like yesterday I was on the road living life in a camper. Things change so quickly when your travelling. It’s the one thing I have learnt over the past year, if you are to plan something it usually happens last-minute as plans usually change along the way. I look back over the past three months and I have gone from thinking of settling in Melbourne, to having only stayed there a week, crossed the whole of Australia through four states and back down South again, where I have now landed a job as an Au Pair.
Landing in Sydney with a couple of days to spare before moving in with my host family, Tom and I became the stereotypical tourists. Sightseeing the stunning Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, the beautiful Queen Victoria building and of course strolling the streets of the CBD.
Everyone does it. As much as I always go on about not liking touristy spots it is well worth spending a few days just wandering round the city, grabbing some lunch at the quirky, independent cafes, trying some of the best sushi and gelato and the famous coffee. Perhaps if you have the money and time hop on to one of the boat tours, or grab a ferry with your Opal card to the North side of the city and check out Sydney’s suburbs. A short ferry ride can take you to the beautiful suburb of Manly, an extremely wealthy area, with huge glorious houses, attached to a great bustling town and beach.
Unfortunately our days were stuck in the pouring rain, it had seemed to follow us down from the north. But it did not stop us from getting out into the streets of Sydney. When staying in a hostel I tend to use it just for the bed and a shower. Many people seem to spend their days chilling in communal rooms, not really doing a lot. Why waste such valuable time travelling stuck in a dingy dark room when you could be doing that at home? I can understand if you need a day to relax, but the environment of a hostel is not a relaxing place. Hence why I love the idea of becoming an Au Pair. Having that space of my own, my own room, bathroom, a fridge full of food, and the comfort of a home and family. Like going from home to home but experiencing it in a different country and having the freedom to travel. An exciting few months wait ahead.
Over the next few months I will create a separate page on the blog where I will write about life as an au pair; discussing my daily routines, struggles, happy days, memories, experiences and the extra travel perks that come along with the job. I hope that you will follow me on my journey through Au Pairing and I will drop as many tips as a I can for those wanting or becoming an Au Pair for the first time in a new country (just like me!).