My first week in Sydney has been intense to say the least. So much sun, so much travelling and so much jet lag. I can safely say I have really loved my time in the city so far. There is tons to do and see plus the beaches are beautiful. Here is how I spent my first week.
We arrived in Sydney at 9am Tuesday 4th December after 27 hours of travel. As a 6ft human in economy class, the flight was not pleasant to say the least. I am bad enough at sleeping generally but with no legroom and constant noise I genuinely reckon I got about 6 hours in total.
We arrived in Sydney and the first thing we did was meet our friend Rose, who had come out two months earlier. It was reassuring to be meeting someone who already had her life together with work and living out here in Sydney, so it is great not having to do everything from scratch.
After a much needed coffee, we headed to Mad Monkey hostel in Coogee, where we will be staying for the next couple of weeks. It is right by the beach and is a lovely little place full of very chilled and friendly people. I would thoroughly recommend staying in this hostel when you first arrive as it isn’t too intense and you can get a good nights sleep.
After a bit of a lie down, our first day consisted of doing all the boring adminny stuff like setting up a bank account, trying (and failing) to find a sim card and just generally sorting out food stuff. Then we went to sleep again.
On the Wednesday we did the Bondi to Coogee beach walk (there will be a blog post on that soon). Oh and we also met the cutest little dog I’ve seen in my life. Its name is Coomi. There are so many Poodle cross dogs in Australia, they even have their own hashtag (#aussiedoodle on Instagram).
On Thursday, we ventured into Sydney. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best idea. We were still very jet lagged and it was SO BUSY. Still, it was an amazing experience to see the city, plus it had some cute festive decorations which I just needed because so far I keep forgetting it is nearly Christmas. One thing I’ve noticed a lot here is a lack of Christmas lights. Maybe because it gets dark later here people don’t see the point in them? Is that true? If anyone knows why that is feel free to let me know.
On Friday, I dragged Kerri out for a ‘run’. I say run because it was more of a jog/walk, but I’m pretty proud of us because we were still tired and it was a massive change from running in the 10 degree heat of England.
On Saturday we went to an outdoor cinema to watch Elf. Apart from being a bit windy it was so much fun! Because it was outdoors I could sing along pretty loudly and no one could here (or so I hoped). So i’ve booked us to go again next weekend for Bohemian Rhapsody. Which I have already seen like 5 times but could happily watch again.
DAY 6 & 7
We chilled on Sunday and then Monday and Tuesday were dedicated to job hunting because the weather has been pretty rubbish.
So far I’m really enjoying Sydney. I love the business of the place but I am looking forward to getting a job just because everything is so expensive! There are so many great places I want to try out and I feel like a night out here would be incredible, but would cost me an absolute fortune.
Hopefully, next time I report back I will have some good news regarding a job. I’ve heard mixed comments about how easy it is to find a job and because I want one specifically in Marketing I’m a bit worried I will struggle. But fingers crossed!
Have you ever had any experience working abroad?