Sorry about not keeping you guys posted on my travels, it has been seriously hectic. I don’t know how people manage to post every single day when they are travelling. First of all, internet access is bloody expensive in Australia, and second of all, there is really no time, unless I sacrifice on my sleep. Yeah, I know it only takes a few minutes to post something up, especially when you have already written it down in your notebook, but still.
On a happy note, I have been writing a lot, journaling and writing short stories. On the sad note, Australia is sooooo expensive. I can’t believe how expensive it actually is. Its almost the same as travelling in Canada. I have decided to go to Asia a bit earlier than I anticipated, so I can use the bulk of my money travelling in Asia, and then when I run out of money, there, I am going to come back here, and use my working holiday visa. I have to figure out until when I have to use this work visa. That would be great.
I have been in Sydney and in Melbourne, and I have to agree with a lot of other people, when I say, I like Melbourne better than Sydney. Sydney I thought was a bit overrated. It is absolutely beautiful with the harbor and the ferries chugging along in orange and black. The Operahouse is absolutely beautiful in the sunshine, with the white glinting as the sun’s rays fall on it. The people are friendly as hell and on a girlish note, the guys are absolutely gorgeous and taallll, I love it.
But Melbourne has this city charm, combined with old buildings that I cannot seem to get over. It is absolutely ‘charming’. Thats the only word for it. If I had to do a working holiday, I would chooose Melbourne, if not a fruit-picking thing, which is top on my list of things Iwant to do.
I have also learnt a lesson in overland travels. Do not take a overnight bus or train. You will lose out on precious scenery that you would have seen if you were travelling during the day. In addition, damn, the bus was cold. I froze my ass off. I am going to look for some microfiber fleecy compact blankets that I can fold up small, but is nice and warm. You know me, I get cold really easy.
I love the transit system in every city I have beeen in till now, they are really easy to understand, and they take you almost everywhere and anywhere in the city. They can be a bit pricey, with the prices running from $6.80 (Melbourne) to $8.30 (Adelaide) for a daily ticket, but once you have that ticket, you can get on and off as many times as you want, which is a great deal for a tourist.
I also found it helpful that there are many people in Melbourne guide uniforms in red, standing around, ready to answer any questions you might have. It is mostly volunteers, but they are helpful and really friendly, ready to answer the million questions I have about everything.
On a vagabonding note, I have found it is rather easy to vagabond, I am happy, reallly happy travelling on my own. I have found the kind of freedom that is hard to find with a travel partner or a tour group. I would rather be able to do what I want, when I want.
I will talk to you soon, I will add in some more stuff. By the way, I totally overpacked, and I gotta get rid of some stuff, maybe I will do that in Darwin.