The Countdown

In case you read my last post, you already know that in less than two weeks time, I will be moving to Australia for two years. As this is basically the one thing that keeps me busy at the moment, I am afraid you will hear more about it in the future. I am really excited to start my journey, and I will be taking you all along with me, so I hope you are excited too.

The last days have been filled with preparations – deciding on my future bank, phone plan, classes and short term accommodation are only some of the things that make sure I won’t get bored. My original plan was working until tomorrow, which would have left about one week for me to get everything done. Now, with two weeks down of my three weeks “forced” preparation time, I am more than happy that my ex-boss told me to take my remaining vacation days, because otherwise, I am pretty sure that I would have gone mad. I have moved abroad before, but somehow I have the feeling that this time it is a lot more exhausting. Apart from the housing issue  – finding accommodation in Brisbane still is the most exhausting thing I have done in my life, and I hope that suddenly a wonderful house with lovely housemates will magically appear and take me in once I have arrived – somehow there are loads of things piling up which have to be done before moving abroad. Luckily, all of my vaccinations are up to date and Australia has a health system that does not require me to go to every specialist I can imagine (did that before Hong Kong, took me all summer), so after a visit to my general doctor in order to get vaccinations to avoid thrombosis (have to give those to myself immediately before the flight, never done it, scares me ridiculously), that chapter was completed rather quickly. Next thing I am worrying about is money.

Living in Australia is not the cheapest thing to do, and I plan on working part-time, but I still would prefer to have some extra money rather than not being able to afford any travels – which, let’s face it, is one of the main things you want to do when going abroad. Which is why I spent my days looking for scholarships. Unfortunately, there are not too many, and I already missed most of the deadlines, so if you are currently planning to go abroad, I advise you to look for scholarships NOW!! Make a list of the ones you want to apply for, and make sure you have all documents ready – scholarships are usually worth the amout of time you have to invest in order to get them, so make sure you use these opportunities – plus, they look not too bad on your CV.

I could go on and on about all the things I had to do, but I have the feeling that this is long enough already, so I’m going to stop rambling now and go back to my growing list of things to do and will continue to spend my days full of tearful goodbyes. If you are interested in a nice list about all the things to consider before going abroad, or anything else about this topic, let me know and I will write a (not-so) short post about it.

Otherwise, I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I will see you again very soon!

xx, K (:

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