Read the first blog post here.
So, from Aug 1st to Sep 6th I traveled around Australia’s east coast. Did I mention I did it completely alone? It was a big step to take but it was something I had been planning to do for a long time. To kind of prove to myself that I can make it on my own. And I could. It was an amazing experience and I also met some amazing people on the way. Anyways, back to the story…
So the first 2 weeks I spent traveling from Cairns all the way to Sydney. When I arrived in Sydney I instantly felt like home. And the feeling got stronger as the days went by. While I was only spending 1-2 nights in a particular city during the first 2 weeks of my trip, here in Sydney I stayed for 10 days. It was lovely to stay at one place (Wake-up hostel, totally loved it!) and get to know every street and where everything was. I usually woke up at 6am and went to get some breakfast to a Gloria Jean’s nearby where they also had free Wi-Fi.
For the whole trip my bedtimes were very.. weird. I honestly felt sooo tired during the evenings that I went to bed around 8 or 9. And then as a result of it woke up around 6-7. I blame the snorkling, farm-life and surf camp for this weird sleeping pattern. The trips always begun so early in the morning that you had to get up around 6 each day.
I did a lot of walking in Sydney. I walked up and down George St. and Pitt St. every single day. To the Opera house and back. Why? Well there’s so much to see and.. well during the mornings it’s boring anyways. The shops open around 10, so after breakfast I really didn’t have anything else to do but walk around (and wait for my backpacker friends to wake up so we could go & see some sights). I actually lost a little bit of weight during my one month away. But that’s because I was very strict about what I was eating for lunch and dinner (however the breakfast blueberry muffins, starbucks caramel hot chocolates and just overall delicious cadbury’s chocolate bars were a regular go-to for me between meals).
After the 10 days I took a bus from Sydney to Melbourne. The trip lasted for 14hours with a few stops. I was quite happy with my little travel snacks & iPod and so the trip went quickly. Also the bus driver was very friendly and funny (thanks Greyhound!).
When I arrived to my hostel in Melbourne (Base, St. Kilda) I immediately noticed it was a party hostel. And quite far away from the Melbourne City center where I traveled to by tram every single day (except one sunday because it was father’s day in australia and also St. Kilda’s market was on). I was sick with a flu for the whole 10 days I spent in Melbourne so possibly because of that it wasn’t my favorite place of all. I loved the art scene and relaxed nature of it.. but for me Sydney felt so much more like home.
And so.. when it was my time to fly home I was happy to do so. I was already missing my mom’s cooking. But I was also missing Australia. I wanted to see more. I saw plenty. But I didn’t see it all. And so.. I’d love to go back again. Maybe my next trip will be around Asia, not Australia, but I will definately want to visit the land down under again <3