Ever since I was a little girl, Australia has been my dream destination. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the priceless reaction when new people ask me my post-graduation plans. I’m sure you are fully aware by now that I will be jet-setting off to Sydney for my first big girl job come August!
It’s difficult to get a work Visa nowadays because you must have special skills which will contribute to the Australian economy. I consider myself extremely blessed to have this once in a lifetime opportunity to not only travel the world upon graduation, but make a salary while doing so.
A few months back, I posted a cry for help on Network of Nice for advice on moving to Australia. I was in awe when not one, but SEVEN Sydney natives reached out to me within the first day it went live! From what I gather, Australian culture is not too far off from American, with a bit more British influence. Yet, there are many subtleties that I’ll need to adjust to once there.
I have met several Australian’s through my internship and I’m always shocked when they tell me how friendly and helpful Americans are, unafraid to strike up conversations at random places..who’da thunk?! I am going to spend the next several weeks exploring the Australian culture, people, food and language, to share with you because I think you may find them just as intriguing!
I’ve gathered that Sydney is similar to San Francisco, and equally expensive (although jobs pay much better adequate public transportation, narrow streets with too much traffic, high rent, cool summers and wet winters, etc.) News flash: Sydney is not the capital, and neither is Melbourne. It’s Canberra.