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Published: January 10th 2016
Ok, Ok, I know; 2 updates within a week is a bit much, especially considering that the other took ages to write and post after they actually happened. But I thought I put my fingers out and get up to date with the lot. Especially since I am back in Brasilia and all is ready for a fresh start. So here we go……
As I mentioned in my last update, Carla and I had different flights to Sydney and she took off a couple of days earlier as she wanted to visit some friends in Sao Paulo. It also broke her flight up a bit as she had a killer leg; Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Cordoba (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Auckland (NZ) and finally Sydney. And all that with 2 x 32 kg bags. That is what you get when you buy a ticket on points. I had it a bit easier as I had rerouted my original ticket from LA and only had a 24-hour haul in front of me.
When I arrived in Sydney my good old friend Michael was waiting for me, or better said I waited for him as he was stuck in Sydney traffic. Oh did
I miss Sydney – NOT. It was great to see him after nearly a year away from Sydney, and hasn’t the city changed in that time. After Michael picked me up we went to a hotel in downtown Sydney that Carla and I had booked for the next two weeks until we could find a more permanent place. Needless to say that Michael and I sunk a few beers that night and many stories were swapped what happened when we were apart.
The next morning we picked Carla up from the airport and she looked great, even after a killer flight. Michael dropped Carla back in the hotel where we stayed a while and that he took me to pick up my trusted motorbike. And what a joy it was to see and ride my baby again. I have to say that if there was one thing I missed the most during my time in South America it was my BMW 1200 GS Adventure. The guys who stored it for me and made sure she was all ready to go, were the guys from Motorhansa in Rydalmere and they did a fantastic job. So a big thank you to
Julian and Garry.
So now let’s get straight to the good and bad points about our stay in Sydney. And to start it off let’s talk about the bad things first so we can finish this update on a high note.
As I mentioned in my previous update I was contacted by my former manager, and so called friend, in March and he offered me my old role back. We agreed that I would start in August and Carla and I organised everything for the trip back. To keep Carla busy, and to improve her already good English, she enrolled herself in a very good, but intensive, 3 month English course, to prepared herself for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate test. With this certificate she is able to study anywhere in the Commonwealth for her master degree, which was the plan in the long run. After I told my manager that all is arranged and when we arrive, he dropped the bombshell that unfortunately the company is still short of cash, want me to work for two months for free and that the other partners want me to prove myself. Proof myself my arse. They
worked with me for over 4 years and they knew exactly what I am capable off. After all I left a secure and good paying job after 12 years to be part of the new business they actively headhunted me for.
Since we had organised everything and shelled out a lot of money we decided it was too late to pull out and go back. I trusted my former friend to do the right thing, as you do with friends. To cut a long story short, after working for 9 weeks for nothing I was told that there was still no money to pay me and that the project I was working on wasn’t working. A project, if I may I say so, was never going to work in the first place as my former manager told me when I started the job. I put my heart and soul into it, not only with the project but with other tasks and projects as well. Needless to say that after 9 weeks I had enough, felt totally used and my friendship exploited.
Now call me naïve and old fashion to trust a “friend”, but that is just how I
am. For me friendship and honour is what makes a man. Carla and I came back to Sydney to build a life together on a promise, a promise I trusted and how wrong I was. I am normally pretty good with knowing people, but this time I failed miserably. And if it was only had been me it would have effected that would have been ok, but to also involve Carla and her family is something I will never ever forget. Karma will be a bitch…….
Anyway, the reason I mention this here is that if a “friend” tells you to break up your holiday, promises you the world and you have to resettle yourself and your partner – ask for a contract. Friendships are nice, but work is work.
Another bad experience we had is that certain people still cannot see that there are other cultures in the world beside the Australian one. And other cultures that are as rich, if not richer, in substance and good will. OK, I agree that the media is showing Brazil in a certain way, but the media is full of shit. So take people on face value and how they
really are and not with your preconceived and narrow minded views.
OK, now the bad things are out of the way, let’s get to the good ones.
Carla loved Sydney. We were lucky that we stayed the first two weeks right in the heart of the city and had easy access to all the attractions and museums. The first two weeks Carla explored the city and it was such a joy to see her face every night when she told me about her adventures. Carla has, while still in Brasília, organised to write for several Brazilian online magazines in Australiaas a volunteer, as she was not allowed to work for money,and over the four month she did an amazing job, being published several times. Now that’s what I call a great achievement.
We found a great granny flat to live in about 30 minutes from the Sydney centre so for the next three months Carla did her English course and I went to work. And it was good to catch up with some of my friends after all the time being away. Some of the highlights being in Sydney was Carla’s 40th
birthday which we celebrated in
style at one of the best restaurants in Sydney, overlooking the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. She looked stunning that night, even more than she usually does.
We met up with a lot of my friends and had some great dinners and some great times spend with them as well. And Carla was busy with her course and writing for the magazines. That meant that she had to interview some amazing people for the articles. I have to admit that I was a bit envious about that.
At the beginning of December, we were invited to a good friend’s wedding in the Southern Highlands and we took the opportunity to make a long weekend out of it. Another good friend of mine lend us his car so we drove around Wollongong, Kangaroo Valley, Berrie and Mittagong. The wedding was amazing and it was in a great setting with great people. This event brought back some trust in real friendship, so thank you Daniel and his best man Dixon.
And there were a couple of demos I went as well. You can never take the the activist out of a man.......
After all what
happened with work and the uncertainty we were facing, Carla and I decided that it would be the best to return to Brasilia. With no work for me before Christmas and no place to live it made sense to go back to a place we could call our own.
So after 4 months it was time to store the bike again, say goodbye to friends and pack the bags. We thought this would turn out a bit different, but such is life. We had very good times and some stressful ones, made new friends and cherished old ones, but the most important thing was we went back to Brazil together, still loving and committed to each other.
And you know what, even with all the shit what happened with my work, we got a lot out of it. Carla made a lot of professional contactsand received a very good score in her English test which will be valuable in her career. I know now who my real friends and the snakes are and I was able to show Carla a tiny bit of Australia. So all in all not a total disaster. One has to be positive after
So here we are; totally up to date now. First time on over a year. But as you can guess more updates are coming soon about our time here in Brazil. Stay save my friends and thank you for all the people who read the blog over the last 15 months. I hope I didn’t bore you too much and I had the chance to inspire you to do something different.
Enjoy life and don’t let the bastards get you down!
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