It’s official. I don’t think that I can hide from the truth any longer: my days in Australia are winding down. Pretty soon, I will be back to the land of super sized meals and California sunshine. Leaving has become bitter sweet. I love living here, sharing a room with Chels and an apartment with Nic, and playing with and coaching some amazing girls. Yet it will be so nice to sleep in my full sized bed in my crazy house with cement floors, to see all of my family and friends again, and to find a way to continue my role in the water polo community.
There are definitely two things that I will miss a lot about living in Australia: coffee and hourly wages. As a matter of fact, my coworker and I discussed both tonight during our shift. In Australia, coffee is a specialty. Most people don’t buy a coffee for a simple caffeine fix. Having coffee with a mate can be an hour to two hour long experience. The coffee culture is something special that could never be recreated in a Starbucks. Here, each coffee comes with a heart or leaf or another design made from the way that the milk was pored. I sure will miss it!
I will also miss the hourly wages in Australia. As my return date looms closer and closer in my calendar, I have started to search for jobs either up in Northern California or Southern CA. It has been a fruitless, frustrating search thus far (any tips or suggestions are welcome!!), especially because a lot of entry level positions offer around $15/hr. Here, working with the kids I am making $22/hour and waitressing I am making $18/hour plus tips! I really love working in hospitality and would enjoy continuing the line of work in the US, but it simply is not practical. Here, my coworkers wait tables 5 nights a week and have enough money to save or spend how they like after paying rent and basic living expenses. The Australians really value hospitality!
Tomorrow, I will explain about both our adventure to morning practice and my adventure in the city! For now, it’s time for some zzz’s!
Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: fairy floss. Meaning cotton candy. Usage: fairy floss is sold at Luna Park Theme Park by our house.