Adventures so far.

I’m gonna do this post in English as it seems fair. I believe thinking you’ll find the time to blog when you’re on vacation is slightly ambitious -unless you blog for money and consider this your job, which I don’t. My internet has been quite shit as well, so it’s not like I’ve been able to either.

Today, it’s been three weeks since I got on my first flight from Bergen. 28 hours later I got out of Tullamarine airport in Melbourne. I made it. I made it to Oslo, I made it from Oslo to Dubai, I made it through Terminal 3 in Dubai – which was a fucking nightmare by the way, and then I made it through a thirteen hour long flight to Melbourne. Not only that; I made it through waiting in line for passport check for a whooping two hours after landing. As many as four flights from Dubai landed when mine did, I believe my flight was the first, so I got lucky. The plane I was on was big enough to hold over 800 passengers. If four planes around the same size landed around the same time; I’ll leave it to you to imagine how crowded it was, how sticky, yucky, sweaty everyone was, not to mention the heat. Actually, the line for passports wasn’t two hours long, but there was another line for baggage and declaration. I think Nick spent close to three hours waiting for me to get through all the formalities.

We went to Nick’s parents apartment in the middle of Melbourne and stayed here for a few days. I’m not sure I’m able to describe how it feels to wake up in a bed where everything seems surreal, unreal, sort of distorted but at the same time “just right”? Like “this is where I’m supposed to be, right this moment”.
I didn’t really struggle with jet lag but I was still battling a cold I’d had for a whooping eight weeks! Thankfully, this went away after only a few days in a warmer climate.

I think it was my first day in Melbourne when me and Nick decided to be spontaneous and just do something a little crazy? Well, this probably doesn’t sound too crazy to you, but in MY books this was madness. We booked tickets for Sydney only five days later.

So, after staying in his parents apartment for a few days, we moved into a house Nick now rents with a couple friends. A couple days after that we had dinner with Nick’s parents, his sister and her boyfriend plus one of Nick’s oldest friends and her husband – Nick. And yes, it seems to me that everyone is named Nick. It was a really nice evening. The next morning we got up early and Nick’s mother drove us to the airport and we went to Sydney for five days. We were incredibly lucky with our hotel? It was more like an apartment with a kitchen plus combined living room with a TV, big bedroom with another TV and a separate bathroom. It was even ridiculously cheap!

So we did the tourist things! We went to see the Opera house! We went to see the Museum of Contemporary arts! We wandered around Sydney just to see and experience things? I even went out a couple of times on my own, having takeaway coffee in parks all alone? Do you have any idea of how crazy this is? A year ago I was “daydreaming my life away” (I can explain this better later), but basically it means that I spent several hours on the couch with my eyes closed every single day as I made up stories about lives I’d never have or never live inside my head, until it felt so real I could feel tears trickling down my cheeks because it was only a fantasy and “not for me”

And then I made it happen. Not inside my head, but actually happen.

We went on a tour of the Opera House and we went on a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach – where I got a ridiculous sunburn.

We got back to Melbourne last saturday, spent sunday watching movies or something and then last monday, we got into the car and drove to a place along the Great Ocean Road called Lorne. This was my birthday present from last year, staying in a hotel for a few days. Spent a few hours at a lovely beach, continued driving down The Great Ocean Road, saw “The twelve apostles” and spent the next day on the beach as well, before returning to Melbourne once again.

The past few days haven’t been super eventful, but we all need a few days to chill, right? Watched a ton of movies.

We’ve also been on lots of walks, to the gym, got drunk with a friend of Nick a couple of days ago, had breakfast at cafés and I’ve done things on my own. Like, I’ve been to the mall myself, I go to the supermarket when needed, I’ve been to the library hoping to be able to study, however I wasn’t. The heat on my way there made me really uncomfortable and the internet was slow, so I found myself unable to concentrate and get work done.

I like Australia. I love the temperatures, the sun and there’s a few things that are a million times better than Norway. Top two things; at the supermarket they actually pack whatever you’re buying as they scan your groceries/items. You don’t have to do this yourself and it saves you a lot of time and actually makes it a lot more efficient as you can walk straight out as soon as you’ve payed.

Another thing is public toilets/restrooms. They are free, wherever, whenever and they’re clean. Look at that, a country that’s realized that going to the bathroom is a need as we all have bodily functions and that you shouldn’t have to pay for it. Sorry, weird topic. I’ll stop myself, but you catch my drift, right?

I’ve seen a lot of interesting things we don’t have in Norway, like a drive-through bottle-o? (Vinmonopol). Yes you read that correctly, drive through. We have one right around the corner. And sunday’s are like saturdays in Norway, shops and things are still open but the opening hours are shorter than regular weekdays.

I find the traffic really confusing though, as you drive on the opposite side of the road from back in Norway. And there’s a hell of a lot of U-turns.

Other stuff we’ve done; Moonlight cinema! Basically watching a movie outdoors in Melbourne Botanic Gardens as the sun sets, the stars come up and the bats start soaring above your heads. Never seen bats in real life before. Even saw a shooting star and a satellite plus the city lights from enormous buildings in the distance. Everything feels so huge compared to things back home.

I feel like I’m forgetting things, but you get the idea, right? I’m having so much fun and trying to squeeze in as many adventures as possible. A couple of days ago, me and Nick made a to-do list for my remaining days in Melbourne. Today is Tuesday and I’ll be going home in one week. I’ve got really conflicted feelings about this. I’m not going to go into it right now as it’s most likely just going to upset me, which is a bit unnecessary. I’ll have to cross that bridge when I get to it anyway.

If I made it here, I’m sure I’ll make it home as well – but it’s going to be a lot harder as I seriously despise goodbyes. Never been good at it, especially if you don’t really know what happens next. However, I’m really doing my best not to think about it as I’m a really talented over-thinker who needs to retire as it’s not doing me any good.

Anyway. I might be able to squeeze in a few more blog posts as I now have a stabile internet connection as long as I’m home (Nick’s house). No promises though! You can still follow me on instagram as well, for more frequent updates.


2 Responses to “Adventures so far.”

  1. 1 Sinnslidelse 27. January 2015 at 06:43

    Dette høres ikke ut som den Karianne jeg sendte filmer til som var lagt inn på tvang og bare ville dø!! For en forandring! Jeg er så glad på dine vegne.

    Stå på videre og kos deg den siste uken – det fortjener du! <3

  2. 2 salander1 28. January 2015 at 21:18

    Fantastisk lesning! For en seier. Tøft. Gratulerer, dette har ikke kommet gratis til deg. Du har grunn til å være stolt av deg selv. Ønsker deg god reise videre og alt godt :)

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Bloggen skrives av Aria, 25 år.

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