Plain sailing

So, according to my website the last post I wrote was over two months ago.. ouch! I knew a lot of time had passed since I last wrote but I didn’t realise quite how much! I guess it could mean one of two things, either my life has been so incredible busy and thrilling I have no time to write, or quite the contrary it’s so boring there’s nothing to write about. I’d like to think it was more option a, but don’t get me wrong, I’m not living the backpacker, free lifestyle anymore. For those of you who didn’t know, I’m now back in Sydney but for long-term this time (well if you count four months long-term that is!)

An update on where I currently am:

I am currently sat in my bed, in my apartment, in Pyrmont in Sydney. It’s a definite up from where I was two weeks ago, still living in a hostel, stressed out my head and, talking of my head, I had the worlds biggest spider bite right on my forehead (not the best of looks). However, things are now looking up, or as much as they can. I’m working back in optics (I honestly don’t know how I ended up back there, or how I feel about that, but let’s not get into it) and it’s like I never left home – a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to have familiarity and not have to start at the bottom especially as I don’t know how long I’ll be here for, but it’s also boring going back into the same job I’ve been doing for six years. I’d love to be able to try something different but it really is hard with the short term commitment and visa requirements. As for my apartment, sadly it isn’t just mine. It took ages, and I mean ages to find somewhere. After tens after tens of viewings we found a place in Pyrmont right by the Anzac bridge, perfect location for a work and city lifestyle. I share the place with two Irish girls and two Brazilian girls, all of which seem really nice. When I first moved to Sydney I was doubtful of my time here. I had my heart set in Melbourne and while I do still prefer Melbourne, I’m growing to love Sydney. The increasing temperature does help a lot, granted, but I’m also starting to find all the quirks the city holds which I never had the chance to experience before. From days festivals, to morning markets, evening open aired dinner stalls, to countless exhibitions, films and shows, there really is a lot to see and do while in Sydney.

But, before I even got to Sydney I took a trip to Bali (what seems like ages ago now!) I absolutely loved Bali and would go back in an instant. There was so much to do and it was all so cheap. I went white water rafting, kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding, I visited countless temples, had monkeys climb all over me, climbed a volcano at 4am to watch the sunrise, and that’s all just the start. It was truly a remarkable trip and one I know I won’t forget. I plan on writing a post on my trip separately (when I get round to it that is – I’m not making any promises, I think we all know how bad I am at writing these days), but I honestly cannot wait to share my Bali experiences with the world.

As for now, my life is a mixture of the two options above. While it’s not the late night, partying, drinking lifestyle many assume backpackers do while abroad, I am enjoying my time in Sydney (to a limit). I’m trying to experience as much as Sydney has to offer in places I never thought to look before. I’m trying to push myself out of my boundaries and make memories I will remember in Sydney rather than blurred drunken hazes. I’m more for making memories in the day than I am at night. I’ve always been that way really, I’m not one for drinking normally which makes it hard when meeting other backpackers – most just want to go out at night and sleep through the day. I love to explore, take photographs and experience the place itself. To me I can get drunk wherever in the world and it wouldn’t seem much different to the last, but each city is so different to the next when you allow yourself to explore it with an open and clear mind. There’s a few things I’ve wanted to do in Sydney but not had the chance to, whether due to time, money or compromise, but it’s just one of those things. The city has so much to offer, I’ve got to get my head around the fact that I can’t do everything.

All that being said, and for the record I am enjoying my time in Sydney, but things aren’t always plain sailing. I’m not sure to what extent I should write about the things that are happening in my life right now. From previous experience it’s helped to write honestly as a way to share my experiences with other people, but it also causes arguments or what some people see as controversy. For now, I’m going to keep my personal life personal, I have no idea what tomorrow will bring for me, or next week, or the week after that and so for now, I feel I’m going to keep my feelings out of my blog (a first for me I know). But as a heads up for those wanting to go travelling or who are already travelling, it’s not easy, you’re on the other side of the world and while you may not know what you want to do with your life, your day, or your travels, it will come to you in time, you’ve just got to let it be. That’s what I keep reminding myself of everyday. I’m in no rush so why rush fate. Just do what you want, when you want, with who you want and don’t regret the things you tried because at one time, that’s what you wanted.

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