It is 1:15 in the morning in Brisbane as I am writing this. I am listening to Queen while enjoying some vodka. I have been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do with my life. Truth be told, I have been thinking a lot about this since before I came to Australia in December. I came here for an adventure but also to escape. Escape from what exactly – monotony, routine, lack of adventure? Yes, all of those things and more.
I have been away from Alaska over four months now and have learned a lot about myself and what I want out of life. Yet, I still don’t know exactly what I want or what I am running from. I spent the last four months in Australia pursuing a path of finding professional work and getting a sponsored visa, which would eventually lead to me obtaining residency. However, the Australian government just announced major changes to their skilled worker visa scheme as well as residency and citizenship requirements. I had a great job lined up in Brisbane but due to the changes the job fell through. Based on all of this, I have decided to forego seeking a sponsored job in Australia.
The last three weeks in Brisbane have been a lot of fun. I met some cool chicks on Tinder including an Aussie doctor, an Aussie nurse and a super legit English travel agent. I spent Easter weekend with my old boss from Alaska, who showed me an awesome time. He tried to teach me to surf, which means he surfed and I tried really hard to not get punished by the waves. I met up with a crazy Canadian girl I met a year ago with her friend at the Krispy Kreme in the Manila airport. We ended up hanging out a week later in Bangkok and have kept in touch since. She is a real maniac and high energy, just like me! Turns out she was in Brisbane this week with her husband helping his cousin move. She messaged me on Facebook and we all met up. We had an awesome time. But my place is not in Brisbane.
I recently purchased a one way ticket to Darwin. I leave Friday night. I don’t know what to expect other than heat, crocodiles and a friend of my mate Andrew who has offered to host me for a few days after I arrive. I do know that I am excited to go to an adventurous place with no expectations other than finding a new adventure and not worrying about getting a sponsored visa. I have spent the last four months pursuing something I thought I wanted but it has become clear to me that is not my path here.
I plan to look for work in Darwin or somewhere in the Northern Territory and see where that leads me. It is hard to say where I will be in the next few months, let alone the next few weeks but I am excited for the next step in my journey. Where will I end up next – New Zealand, Nepal, Russia, India, back home to Alaska? Possibly any of those, possibly none of them. Only time will tell. The best part about traveling is not knowing where you are going, but rather not knowing where you will end up.
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