All of my dreams came true today. I finally went wine tasting in Australia. For those of you who don’t know, I worked in the wine industry for about 4 years before quitting my job to travel the world. I really love wine and so I was so excited to learn that there is a little wine region just about 20 mins north of Perth! Major score. So you better believe that I headed up there as soon as I could to taste some wines.
I went to a few wineries and tried loads of wines. The weather was great (it gets pretty warm here), the wines were fantastic, and it was just a great day overall. I even ended up buying a bottle (okay maybe two) to take home with me.
After a full day of wine tasting (with an incredible lunch that I forgot to photograph), we headed to the beach to watch the sunset. Life in Western Australia is seriously a dream.
A lot of people skip Western Australia when they visit Australia because it’s a bit far out of the way, and most of the major cities in Australia are on the east coast. If you ever plan on coming to Australia, I would highly recommend fitting in WA as it is a side of Australia that you should not miss. Also, how could you resist sunsets at the beach?!
It’s official – I’ve moved to Melbourne! I can’t believe that I am living in Australia. Getting to Australia was as far as I’d planned out in my travels. I knew everything that I was doing before this and now I’m here. I have an apartment (2 bed, 1 bath, small, with one English housemate) and I’m getting to know Melbourne. I’ve been here for one month now and I have finally come to the realization that I’m not dreaming. I’ve unpacked my suitcase, learned the best local coffee shops, I’ve even gotten groceries delivered to my apartment (and made friends with the delivery guy, of course). I’ve met Australians and foreigners. I’ve gone out dancing until 2 am and I’ve spent nights in bed binging on Netflix (I’ve finally started watching Lost. I know I’m a bit late to the game on that one). I’ve gone on long walks and I’ve drank a lot of coffee. I’ve gone out for brunch and I’ve tried vegan burgers. I even was able to attend World Vegan Day in Fitzroy, where my friend Renae and I visited multiple vegan restaurants and caught up over the best vegan food. I’ve made a good amount of friends and am finally feeling settled.
I’ve settled down just a bit south of the city. I live in a great little financial-district type of area, close to the beautiful Albert Park. I went for a walk around Albert Park when I first moved in, which took about an hour and a half – it’s 5 miles from my house to get around the park and back. It is absolutely beautiful. It’s turning to spring here in Melbourne, and the trees and colors are just stunning. Though the locals love to tell me that there are four seasons in one day here, yet I am still never prepared. I get told that at least once a day though. I still don’t own an umbrella – I’m chasing an endless summer and I refuse to buy an umbrella. Most days the worst that happens is that my hair gives me whiplash due to the excessive wind.
I’ve gotten a job, thank goodness. I will start working for a nonprofit to raise donations for charity tomorrow. I’m excited to be working again and to be a part of a community. The company that I will be working for seems great – my favorite work perk is that they will pay for us to travel to different parts of Australia to do fundraising. Sounds like my dream job! I am very excited to see what that turns into.
In the next few weeks, I’ll finalize my plans for Australia. I’m currently exploring options and considering a second year visa. I’m looking into where I want to live (you know I’ll be moving around!) and what I want to do and see while I’m here. I can’t wait to get my kangaroo selfie and show you guys the best places in Melbourne. Stay tuned and stay adventurous.