Staying with my relatives in Sydney, turning 19 and finding work
19.03.2008 - 21.04.2008 22 °C
Arriving into Sydney it was lovely to be greeted at the airport. I am staying in a Sydney suburb with my uncle and aunt and my cousins, Jessica, 16, Kristyn, 14, Hayleigh, 12, and Annabelle, 8.
I spent my first week settling in and starting the job search. I was delighted to return to eating wholesome, tasty food and the mouldy bread and bruised banana diet of only a few days before soon became a distant memory. Whilst I was unemployed and my relatives were at work or school, I sunbathed and swam in the pool. I also visited the Easter Show at the Olympic Park, a huge carnival event with rides and showbags. The highlight was the daredevil performances of the trucks driven on 2 wheels and the crazy stunts and jumps by the bikers.
At the weekend Jessica accompanied me on a visit to Canberra with her grandparents who were attending a wedding. As the nation's capital, Canberra hosts the buildings of parliament, old and new, the famous Australian War Memorial and the novelty of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in one of the city's numerous leafy parks.
After walking the length of the city, Jessica and I returned to the motel where, in a moment of madness, I let her straighten and braid my hair. It's just as well it's what inside that counts!
Before meeting the newly weds (and most of their relatives) the following morning, we dashed to the Telstra Tower for impressive views of the city and the mountains below.
Arriving back in Sydney the job hunt continued before I eventually had some success and found work through various temping jobs. These included counting Jackie Chan pens in a warehouse, stacking boxes and filling envelopes for Nestle. After 2 weeks of tedious tasks and having suffered several paper cuts for the cause, I earned a sufficient number of dollars to hopefully keep me financially afloat until I arrive home.
It was no suprise that I found myself working on the 9th April (for those not in the know, my birthday). Having packed almost a 1000 envelopes that day, I was pleased to return home where my relatives suprised me with party poppers, an Australian football 'Socceroos' shirt and a chinese takeaway for dinner. Just over a week later Kristyn turned 14 so we went ice skating and enjoyed eating dinner out.
Whilst staying in Sydney, I caught up with James 'the govn'or' Leck (a school friend) who has been in Australia since October. It was good to share stories and later on, walk with Jessica around the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Sorry this blog post, more than a month since the last one, has been so delayed. I guess I have just had too much fun (and possibly sleep) returning to something close to normality.