Miles Away

15 06 2011

If any of you know how the Australian school semesters are set up, you might be wondering why I was going down on the 20th of January (for those who don’t know how the semesters are set up, the first semester didn’t start until the beginning of March, ending in June, so January was a touch early).

Well!  I had my flights booked more than a month early simply because I had a credit with Air Canada that was about to expire so I had to make the most of it.  This early departure ended up being quite a mixed blessing…

When I first got to Melbourne, I got picked up at the airport by the mother and son who lived in the house I was renting out of.   I set up my living situation  before I left by finding myself a house that was renting out rooms online with melbournehomestay.com (or something like that if that’s not the actual site..).  ANYWAY.  The mother and son picked me up, holding a sign that said “Brian”, that felt nice actually; after spending about 19 hours in an airplane, knowing that I was slowly distancing myself from all of my friends and family for the next 6 months had been a difficult concept to grasp and made the trip a little bittersweet.

Katherine and Declan (the mom and son) drove me to their (our) house from the airport in their box on wheels and what I saw on the way was NOT what I expected.  I guess I thought Melbourne would be a bit more ‘big city’ like, or at least resemble something like Montreal.  What I found out later was that it kind of is.. I just wasn’t in the ‘city’ yet…

Very close to where I lived: Fitzroy

The City

The house I was staying in was had the potential to be nice!  It was big, lots of space, balconies, some super nice furniture, 2.5 bathrooms… but Katherine was just not ready to rent out her home.  There was a HUGE lack of food and my housemates and I (they rented the rooms in the house out to what was originally 3 other people  but one moved out and the other got kicked out so it ended up just being two of us) would complain about being hungry all the time together.  It was a pretty sore issue when our rent money was supposed to include food.

So I’m living in this relatively nice house, with great housemates and a mother and son who seemed pretty great at first, but they ended up being fairly annoying in the end but it’s all ok because I’m in Melbourne, Australia right?!   The weather’s amazing, the neighbourhood is safe, this is going to be an experience!  But all I can think about, is how I don’t know anyone.  I have nothing to do.  The weather is beautiful but I don’t know where the beach is, or where a park is, etc.  Turns out there aren’t many beaches near Melbourne and the parks are full of ‘commission housed’ people (which are people who can’t afford housing so the government pays for small apartments for them).  So I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to do with myself.  I have a (now ex) boyfriend telling me that I just need to go to a bar and meet friends, smoke a joint with some people… great advice eh!?  It’s not, in case you were unsure.

What I was looking for… (I found this place later)

Now the story DOES take a bit of an upswing for a bit.  In order to entertain myself a bit while I’m waiting for school to start and for Maja and Erika (two girls who take Chemical Engineering with me at UNB) to show up here in Melbourne too, I book two day trips to explore a little and hopefully have some interaction with people my age.  Next post, recounts on how those trips went!  Thanks for reading!

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19 06 2011
Chances « Pterodactyls And Veggies

[…] as I said (here: Miles Away)  I booked two day trips for myself to try and get out and DO something.  If I’m being […]

22 06 2011
laurenc

i just realised i know nothing about your time in australia so im enjoying this!

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