Author: Jenny Chiem

Time to let go again

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Christmas Day will forever be a good, sweet memory!

Ok soon ..

Time to let go once again. I thought, I really thought I was going to blog my each and every experience but somehow you really get caught up with different places, different people and then all of a sudden the time flies in a blink of an eye. I have met unbelievable, amazingly good people during my journey. Aussie friends in Melbourne, you are defo one of a kind (you guys have challenged me so many times) and thanks for showing me a new side of myself. Now I will keep continuing to grow. Will forever be grateful for this period as my start.

Start?

Yes, I’ve decided to move to Sydney for a new chapter. Been here in Melbourne for 3 months and three months went by fast (for you who wants to follow my travel diary in short version filled with pictures, please do go to my Instagram). Btw, yeah you guys got that right. I am not sure what is going to happen next year..

Three months in Melbourne – What have happened?
A lot of brekky’s, it seems to be my “thing” for sure. Really enjoyed the food as a big part of my travel. A lot of vietnamese food to tho and the quality of these dishes is just something extra over here. Those late nightouts (partied like never before) and the lack of sleep (the nightlife here suits me perfectly). Well? I am sure I wouldn’t have it any other way. Next chapter will be a bit different I reckon. Friends, just keep following me..

Here I am

I’ve sorta, kind of promise you friends back home in Sweden that I will blog about my trip. I have been here over a month and to be honest I’ve thought that I will have time to sit down and write about my impressions of Aussie. 

I haven’t been able to find peace to collect my thoughts.. until now.

The first two weeks were overwhelming. Good with the bad of course. Met friends I haven’t seen for ages, learning the left hand traffic and to be brave enough to visit the city and other places outside by myself. It might seems quite easy for some of you, but for me the first week was terrifying. To step outside my comfort zone and dare myself to get lost. Which I did! Haha. The trams stop here doesn’t make any sense to me (still doesn’t). I have 2015 to thank for with all the apps for my phone and the extra batterykit comes perfectly in hand. I can’t imagine how this blogpost would have turned out if this trip were made.. 10 years ago?

What have I been up to these weeks?

  • Trying to get use to the left hand traffic.
    I have a confession. I am use to it now but that doesn’t mean I like it, ok?
  • Met my friends that I haven’t seen since five years ago
    Not everyone yet but hey, we still have time!
  • Road trip through Great Ocean Road
    The 12 Apostles. Stunning. Indescribable!
  • Celtic wedding and camping for two nights in Warrnambool
    Never have I put on a fancy dress and makeup in a cold tent before. As they say, there is a first time for everything
  • Have my own room just outside the city 
    With my lovely housemates/friends Jack and Kirsten
  • Met new girlfriends
    All the way from Sweden. Fika? Oh yes!
  • Speak english on a daily basis
    Using my third language as my main language so bare with me
  • Dating aussies
    Message to swedish boys back home: I’m sorry. You have a lot to learn!
  • Experienced homesickness for the first time in a month
    I don’t want to go home but it’s the fucking timezone I need to get use to.. 10 hours!
  • Learning new aussie words “heaps, reckon, no worries, breakky”
    And yes, I am falling in love with the accent more and more for each day..
  • Hanging out a lot with my dear friend Emmelie
    #30going22 in Melbourne!
  • Been on 3 jobinterviews
    No such luck but I will keep on swimming! Yes guys, a finding Nemo reference. To add, I am not going to follow other (read: swedes) peoples footsteps therefore a different challenge for me
  • Celebrated my 30th birthday
    I am actually 22 so don’t ever forget that and I couldn’t ask for a better one. 

Yup. This sums up my month pretty well.
I would love to hear from you friends back home, so leave a comment or a message. 

Warrnambool

Down under

So…

Now I am finally here and it’s been a first great week. Where should I start?

What should I write about? It’s been overwhelming these past few days. Not just fighting the jetlag (felt like I’ve been partying two days in a row without any sleep whatsoever) but also the traffic on the lefthand side, the charming australian accent and me speaking english all day long to my friends. 

I have published a lot of photos on Facebook (over one hundred for just one week! For you family and friends that are not on this social platform, you are all missing out the good ones). Ha, I’ll try to upload a few of them here within shortly. 

 

 

Travel fever

Anxious, nervous, happy, sad, frustrated. All emotions at once when you have a hell lot of travel fever. Now it’s just days ahead! Leaving on Thursday (from Gothenburg) and to not be in a country where I am used to everything, is a bit frightening. I do experience calmness though through all of these and I strongly think that it has to do with the decision being made a while ago.

Two more weeks

Today in two weeks I’ll be leaving Sweden for Australia. It’s quite amazing how time flies by and I remember when I first told my family and friends about this trip. 
Time is something I have realized how precious it is. Sounds like a cliché but I haven’t reflect over time as much before as I have done during this summer. Decide who I am spending it with and so forth. Do things I want to do and not something someone else expects me to do. More of that as a lesson!

I feel much more calm now since all the administrative and some other work is.. done!

Ticket to Aus 
Work and Holiday visa 
Travelinsurance 
Workplace before summer 
Paper for Union 
Place to stay the first days ⍻

 

 

Exactly one month

One month huh?

I so remember the day I told my closest girlfriends that I will make a huge change. This was back in April. April, May, June, July and now we have reached August. To  see their surprise faces, hearing their laughs and the most important when they looked at me and say – You are doing the right thing for you now. Let’s focus on yourself!

This is a scentence which is going to follow me during my journey. Bet your ass I will! One month to go (yesterday to be exactly, Sep 17th I will be on a jetplane.. well, a plane. You know the drill) before I leave Sweden for a new adventure.

Late night blog

This will be a late night blog. Compares to the latest one this will be a more downer. Some nights when I stop and reflect it hits me. It hits me of how beautiful my life have become just this summer. How much I have grown and dare to say yes or no to people that I want to spend my time with. An important lesson that I can recommend anyone that is going to make a life changing trip for yourself – to really sit down with your own thoughts and make process where you actually can “see” and feel them in front of you. Yes, I am talking about your feelings.

I will publish more happier ones ahead but tonight I will let my thoughts takes it own ride..

I will miss the great friends I have made along the road during this specific summer, friends I have become closer with and the lovely moments..  You will never know I guess but yet it feels it’s up to my own actions where the results are going headed.

I really felt I needed to write this down and remember this when I read back later on.