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Published: October 2nd 2012
Hello and welcome to my first blog entry,
I am currently residing in a backpacking hostel in Southbank, Melbourne. Me and James have been here approximately 1 week and as usual have spent most of our time looking for work (damn you expensive Australia). Anyhoo, we have both found jobs, yippee! I am working in a coffee, cake & gelati (ice cream to the English) kiosk in a casino complex and James is working in an Irish bar. The hours are long but the money is good, well in compared to England anyway, I am getting paid double what I was in the UK for a much less taxing job. James' job pays a lot better than mine but he doesn't get as many hours. They are training him in all things bartendery, he lied on his resume and told them he had 2 year’s experience. I am too much of a whimp to do this, knowing my luck I would be caught out within 5 minutes of the lie leaving my mouth but that's the Gee luck for you.
So the hostel in nice enough, we are currently sharing with a crazy Italian who looks a bit like the scousers from Harry Enfield and Chums. When we questioned how long he had supported Chelsea (due to his matching Chelsea tracksuit) he replied he didn't really follow soccer and just like the track suits. Hmmm. He also said he didn't like Melbourne and he was going back to the East coast for the surfer lifestyle, when I asked how long he had been surfing he told me he didn't surf because it looked too difficult. Hmmm. Interesting fellow.
It's hard being back to relatively normal civilisation; I can't really be a scruffy backpacker anymore and have started wearing proper make up again. The girls here dress like the do at home for a night out and right now my backpacker clothes just don't fit the bill. I didn't even bring bloody straighteners. Trying to fit into normal society whilst living in a hostel out of a rucksack is not the easiest thing.
List of silly things I miss from home:
Chocolate - you may be thinking but they have chocolate in Australia, they even have Cadbury's. Yes they do have Cadbury's or what they have labelled Cadbury's. It tastes like cheap advent calendar chocolate, yuck yuck yuck.
GPS on my phone - I keep getting lost. Maps don't tell me which direction I am facing.
My wardrobe full of clothes.
Watching trashy TV - I miss you New Girl, Desperate Housewives, crap on SYFY, The Big Bang Theory.
My comfort zone - you are long gone!
So I come to the end of blog entry one, I may from time to time revisit places experienced so far in order to catch up on lost entries.
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