Hello Sydney!!July 24 in Australia
Sydney ist so wunderschön😍!
Hostel : summerhouse backpackers
Sydney ist so wunderschön😍!
Hostel : summerhouse backpackers
Ein bisschen Abschiedsstimmung lag heute in der Luft...wir haben es geschafft, sind nach 4 Wochen und knapp 4.500 km in Sydney angekommen und mussten unser kleines, betagtes Wohnmobil abgeben!
Danach haben wir uns erstmal einen ersten Eindruck verschafft. Bei dem am Nachmittag einsetzenden Regen fiel es auch nicht schwer, weitere Aktivitäten auf morgen zu verschieben :)
19000km verder afscheid genomen van de Honda, een laatste afscheidsrit door t Royal Nat Park onder Sydney, en overgestapt op de ferry, die veel highlights op een fijne manier verbindt: Manly Beach, Cockatoo Island, Watson Bay. Ook de Coogee walk gedaan met een snorkelstop in de mooiste baai: Gordon’s Bay. Foto 2 is de beroemde Iceberg Rockpool, zo genoemd vanwege de witgekalkte rotsen.
Morgen een vlucht van 2 uur naar Adelaide, vanwaar ik maandag start op opnieuw een trip door de outback.....Read more
New hostel and new impressions from Woolloomooloo.
Mal wieder Sydney. Nachdem wir durch die australischen Alpen gedüst sind, machen wir nun mal wieder ein kurzem Abstecher in Sydney. Doch dieses mal regnet es nicht, ganz im Gegenteil, es ist ein traumhaftes Wetter. So Stiefeln wir mal wieder durch die Stadt und schauen uns noch die Sachen an, die wir letztens nicht geschafft haben. Besonders gut war, dass wir diesesmal auch die kostenlose Stadtführung mitmachen könnten bei dem Wetter. Und so haben wir noch einiges über Sydney erfahren. Später wollten wir noch die Harbour Bridge besteigen, aber als wir den Preis gesehen haben, ist uns erstmal die Kinnlade runtergefallen. Da wollten die doch tatsächlich knapp 300$, nur dafür das man mal dort hoch watschelt. Und dann für ein Bild nochmal 40$. ... aber gut, dort waren ja auch schon Leute wie Heidi Klum, Will Ferrell und co oben, da kann man den Preis schonmal so ansetzten. Naja für uns arme Backpacker war es jedoch zuviel.Read more
It was a surreal drive through the night to Sydney, drifting in and out of sleep, whilst curled up in a foetal position on a seat perpetually moved with the bounce of chassis against road. Dreams were broken up with flashes of reality, sat bleary eyed in roadside rest stops with illegally bright menu boards advertising mysterious meals named 'Long Haul' and 'Big Rig'. We had neither the energy or nerve to ask what came in an order of 'Big Rig'.
We felt hungover by the time we filed across the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the Monday morning commuters. A mist of grey drizzle hung over the city yet the Opera House remained impressive down below in the bay. Arriving so early, we had hours before we could check into our room, but once we had eaten, showered and slept for a few hours we felt alive again.
Surreality continued when we dined out at what we thought from TripAdvisor was a small traditional Italian restaurant. In reality it was a greasy spoon cafe run by Chinese, complete with bright yellow plastic mustard dispensers on the tables. The only sign of Italia was some sun bleached posters on the walls and a chalkboard menu of classic dishes.
We looked at each other with bemusement as we sat at the table, questioning our judgement and whether we should get out while we could. Yet for the all these initial reservations we ate large bowls of reasonable spaghetti bolognaise with fresh salad and bread for less than £15 in total. Still the clientele were as eccentric as the experience, a fellow patron feverishly wiping down his own table down with a cloth from the kitchen that signalled OCD.
We laughed at our experience walking back along wet pavements that shimmered with the reflections of city lights. Yet the final surreal moment of the day came when turning on the TV we were greeted with The Police's 'Every Breathe You Take' accompanying tomorrow's weather report. Definitely time for bed.Read more
An opera of light and sound filled the night's sky as thunderstorms rolled through. However the morning was peacefully still, the sun and blue skies calling us out for our last day in Sydney and Australia.
Having already explored Sydney on our first visit, we used the time to ready ourselves for Thailand and South East Asia. Stocking up on high SPF sun lotion, DEET and U.S. dollars for visas whilst reminding ourselves to start taking our anti-malarials. In Hyde Park we ate lunch on the grass with the city's office workers, students and tourists, reflecting with excitement on how different our surroundings will be in just over 24 hours.
After last night's failed attempted at authentic Italian dining we attempted round two at another establishment to get our fix before heading to South East Asia and very different cuisine.
Firstly, the staff were Italian so the initial outlook was good. Starting with flavoursome olives and garlic bread, Kim ate creamy linguine with thick flakes of salmon. Alex had a wholesome chicken milanese with generous fries and salad. We finished with Jamaican mud cake, the soft light sponge coated in a warm velvety chocolate ganache. It was a great meal, which we had wanted last night yet ironically more fitting to have on our final night anyway.
One aspect of Australia we have enjoyed has been the friendly forthrightness used in everyday discussion. The sense of proprietary that can exist back home refreshingly absent and thus getting to the heart of the matter. For example, today a television news reader began a story on flash flooding by saying 'can I just say that those who attempt to drive through floods are complete muppets'. Not exactly BBC.
Here is a similar example that made Alex laugh -
I had great plans for today, wake up at 8:00 have a good breaky and head for the blue mountains to be there before the crowd. I already bought the hop on hop off friday and the public transport opal card so I was ready to get there. I packed my stuff and opened the curtains, aaaah.... "f...k"... it rained and not just a drop. It didn't seem to clear out soon, it was foggy and dark. I checked online and ,especially in the Blue mountains itself, all day rain and 10 degrees. Ok not a good idea to go trailing and try to get a good view over canyons and mountains. After checking out I slowly moved to Bondi, with my even bigger backpack and through the rain because on Sunday no buses went from here to the station. Well a morning walk is not too bad, but the combination of packpacking last weeks and doing 55000 steps on the Defqon party yesterday was something I noticed in my legs haha. 2 hours to Bondi, not that bad a connection actually, walked in the hostel around 1400. Dumped the weight and moved to central, because on rainy days you should not sit by your own or go try and see the city. You go to your mates and have a bit more party, where else to go than to the Dutchies from Defqon yeah. I kept contact with sweet raver girls Shannon and Jolien haha, actually when not in Orange at a party the rave part is hidden and the sweet part remains. Like all the rest who were at the bar by the way. Such a nice and lovely group. We went to the appartment of this cool couple from Den Haag Cliff & Nikky. We had a great time and it turned out to be a really cool after party thanks for that everybody. Heading back to Bondi to prepare myself for a sunny day on the beaches.Read more
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Research to Create a Budget
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It’s relatively easy to get a job in the tourist industry of a foreign country, particularly if the language you speak natively is not the same as their native language – they want native speakers of different languages to serve people who share that language. There are also language teaching opportunities that may be worth looking into – some of them don’t even require teaching credentials.
Sell What You Don’t Need or Can’t Take With You
The easiest way to make money is to sell what you can’t take with you. If you’re not able to drive to the foreign country you want to move to, you’ll find that having everything you own shipped overseas is nearly as expensive as buying new stuff. You need to trim the fat from your personal belongings, and if you have things you can sell, it’s time to start listing them in virtual marketplaces. Even if selling what you no longer need or want only offsets the costs of shipping the things you intend on keeping, it’s cutting a huge chunk out of your moving budget.
Maximize Your Savings
If you’re saving up for something as big as a move to a foreign country, you’ve probably been funneling as much of your money as possible into a savings account. While savings accounts do accumulate interest, that interest won’t be enough to change your life any time soon. Even high yield savings accounts won’t boast impressive returns.
Consider investing some of your money. Learning to trade (https://learntotrade.com.au/) is relatively easy, and you can do it by yourself at home. If you research great investments and play it safe, you’re going to see more money than you would letting your money sit in the bank. There’s a little more risk involved, but the potential for reward is substantially greater.
Pick up Some Side Gigs
No matter how great you are at saving and investing, nothing is better than having additional income that you can use specifically for moving. If you freelance (https://www.forbes.com/sites/abdullahimuhammed/2017/03/15/how-to-become-a-highly-paid-freelance-consultant/), you can even take that extra money with you. Your computer becomes your job, and it follows you wherever you go. If you know how to write, how to code, or how to build websites, you can make your own schedule and set your own rates. Whenever you have some free time, you can hop online and make some quick moving money.
It may not happen overnight, but with enough persistence and dedication, you’ll eventually be able to make the move of your dreams. Just make sure you keep your eyes on the prize when you take out your wallet.Read more
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