Yes I am still in this world. It’s been a crazy couple of months that’s for sure, and I sort of dropped off the face of the earth for a while there. So where did I go?
I started a new job as a travel agent, and of course I completely underestimated exactly how hard it would be. Training was intensive and although I walked out thinking I knew what I was doing, once I started the job I realized that I actually knew pretty much nothing.
On top of that, my nana died so I had to travel to New Zealand suddenly. While it was a pretty shitty reason to go home, it was really good to see the family, and see what’s been going on in earthquake-stricken Christchurch.
This is the view that I had, flying into my gorgeous country:
My iphone just doesn’t do it justice.
Christchurch was another story.
But Christchurch will slowly get back onto its feet, and I know it will be a beautiful city once more.
Going to my nana’s funeral made me think a lot about my life, and how I want to end up. I don’t want to be sad and scared at the end of my life. I want to die peacefully, knowing that I did everything I wanted to do, and I hopefully left the world a slightly better place.
Right now I’m focusing on the future. I’ve paid off half my credit card, I’m back living at home so I’ve slashed my expenses, and I’m ready to save for an epic trip. The plans are slowly coming together at the moment, so I’m not giving too much away but stay tuned!
I’m loving my job, although it has pretty much taken over my life, and when I’m at home I’m usually too tired to do anything at the moment. It’s the first time I’ve had a grown up job for a while, and I think my body needs time to adjust.
How long will I be in Australia? Simple. For as long as it makes me happy. I have no ties. I”m single, child-less, and I can do whatever I want. And you can bet I’m going to take advantage of that.
As for the immediate future, my travel plans are as follows:
January- Melbourne, Australia
April-Queenstown New Zealand
May-Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
June- Bali or Thailand (not too sure yet!)
Right now I’m living in a small town called Kiama. Our apartment is right by the beach, and it takes me nine minutes to walk to work. It’s a cute town, with markets every few weeks, little tourist shops, and a relaxed, community feel to it. It’s definitely a weird experience living in such a small town after San Diego and Chicago, but I’m focusing on appreciating it for what it is, and enjoying spending time with my family.
I’m trying not to accumulate too much stuff, since I definitely see myself living out of a backpack full-time in the relatively near future, and I can’t bear to give away/throw out any more of my belongings.
I was training for my new job in North Sydney, and while catching the train there and back was a pain in the ass every week, I did get the opportunity to walk across the harbour bridge and managed to take a quick snap of the Sydney Opera House. Next time I’ll have to take my camera instead of my iphone.
So that’s what’s been going on! Right now I’m taking it easy, saving some money, and slowly seeing Australia.