Well, now that we’ve moved I suppose I can give the exposé on King’s Cross. As I mentioned before, there is actually a really popular show here in Australia called Underbelly: The Golden Mile that is all about King’s Cross in the 80’s and 90’s. It’s all about gangs, drugs, crime, murder, prostitution, and police corruption! Yay! Haha. Well, King’s Cross today probably still has some of those things, but of course it’s not at all that bad or dangerous anymore. In fact, I think it’s already seen as a historic place for those years. On the street (we lived on Darlinghurst Road, which is the center of King’s Cross and the so-called “Golden Mile”) they have plaques with quotes from (I would guess) famous people from that time and also marking what famous stores used to be there that have now been replaced by McDonald’s and youth hostels and such.
Now, as I said, it’s more infamous and more touristy. Backpackers roam the streets. But there are still strip clubs and prostitutes and drunks and homeless people and other sketchy characters. I often thought of it is kind of the Red Light District of Sydney. It wasn’t uncommon for Oscar, when he was out without me, to have girls approach him and ask him if he wanted some company for the night, or for scantily clad women standing outside the strip clubs to try to beckon him in. We did live in between two strip clubs, after all. (more…)
So much has happened in the two weeks since my last update! I went through a week of work and, unfortunately, found that I really just didn’t feel suited to the job. Eight hours sitting at a desk making call after call after call was wearing down on me, physically and emotionally, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to go on like that for much longer. So I made the decision to quit (I hate that word) while I was still in the training period, avoiding any further complications that may have arose if I had decided to go another week and become an official employee.
Now I’m back to job searching, but I am happy with my decision and I think I will ultimately find something much better suited to me, that I will enjoy more (or at least despise less!) and that will provide me with some good experience. I have some hopefuls but I’ll get to that later. On the upside, Oscar and I seem to have traded places and he had an interview Wednesday morning for a sales job. He was hired on the spot! And he’s had training since yesterday and will have one more day of it on Monday before diving in and become the breadwinner for a bit 😉 I did get my paycheck today, though, so that was very nice!
But backing up a bit, as I said the weekend before last was ANZAC Day. On Sunday (ANZAC Day) we walked around downtown and saw everyone out in their military uniforms. The city was extremely crowded as the parade had just ended (and the rain with it!) and everyone was heading out for lunch and drinks. (more…)
Yesterday I officially began working. Well, it was a training day. Seven of us had made it out of three sessions of group interviews, so essentially they weeded us down from probably about 36 to seven. Training day felt like being back in school, sitting around the table listening to a presentation and doing group activities for six hours. At least it is a laid back atmosphere and we had some crazy characters so it wasn’t too bad. Just long and tiring.
ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is Sunday so it’s a three day weekend and I don’t have to start real work until Tuesday, which is nice! The weather has been incredibly hot (today is supposed to be 29C, which is like 83F I think!) which I think is pretty unusual for this time of year. It’s autumn and I think usually by now it would be cool and starting to rain more. But since our first week or two here we haven’t had any rain at all! It’s been sunny and fine here every day. Can’t complain! So I’m hoping we can get to the beach sometime this weekend and make the most of it.
Otherwise life has been in the library, job hunting and looking for a new apartment. We’ve found a really nice one in Waterloo/Redfern (a little beyond where I lived when I interned here two years ago) that’s a two bedroom/two bathroom place we’d be sharing with one Italian guy. It’s a little further from the city than I’d like (OK it’s still pretty good, but I can’t walk to work like I can now, and I’ll have to take the bus which I hate :P) but otherwise it’s awesome, with a nice, big kitchen, our own laundry machines, even a movie projector! Not bad. And internet, of course!! (more…)
It’s been a while, I know, but my life has been consumed by searching and applying for jobs. Today and yesterday I did two “interviews” (yesterday’s was a group one, though I may get it as they pared us down from 11 or 12 to four and I made it to the short but sweet one-on-one interview…today’s was more of an observational “out in the field” thing that I stepped out on a bit early due to finding out it paid almost nothing and was the kind of work where you harass people on their way to work/lunch/whatever to give you money…not my strong suit). Anyways, I promise very very soon I will give a much fuller update on the job hunt and the rest of life in Australia. This week has been a busy one, so hold in there!
Things continue to be interesting. Our cockroach death count is down to just a couple a day now. Pest control never did come spray as promised. I think our landlord is a bit of an over-promiser, but oh well.
We’ve looked at many more apartments, good and bad (mostly the latter, as we are obviously still in our original one). They tend to be either a bit sketchy or a little overcrowded (seven working people in one apartment just seems like trouble waiting to happen for me). I’ve applied to probably ten or so jobs, and have heard back from just one so far (unsuccessful with Flight Centre, I’m guessing/hoping because of the restrictions of my visa, combined with my lack of formal experience as a travel agent :P). (more…)
After five nights sleeping in the cheapest (deservedly so) hostel in Sydney, we were more than ready to find a place of our own. In less than a week we’ve looked at at least five apartments and made calls about many, many more. We ended up deciding to settle for the moment in a temporary apartment. It is also in Kings Cross/Potts Point, just a street over from our hostel (meaning we didn’t have to drag all our luggage too far — though of course it was raining when we moved!) The guy who owns the building rents the rooms out to backpackers and holiday workers like us, so for a decent-sized fully furnished apartment there was only a small bond and a minimum stay of two weeks, with no other bills to pay. And at $300pw (which was originally our absolute top-end budget but has since had to be revised!) it was a decent deal considering the good location.
We were happy to move in right away yesterday because we were facing a night with possibly nowhere to sleep (our old hostel was booked out). However, when we moved in our happiness declined a little bit….