After all the transitional craziness of trading a fleeting month at home for a short visit back to Melbourne last week, starting over in a new place this week has been a breeze in comparison. I’ve settled back into hostel life (and, you know, partying), fallen in love with Australia’s famous Cable Beach (it’s not overrated in the least), responded to a couple of job posts on seek.com.au and spent a morning handing out a few resumes to some bars and restaurants around town. I had several trial shifts scheduled for today, and after my first this afternoon, I’m happy to announce that I’m officially employed again!
Broome is exactly the change I wanted from Melbourne: it’s small (I don’t think I’ve ever flown into a smaller airport), perpetually warm, almost always sunny and home to some of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve seen. This is a completely different Australia.
Back home, some of my friends think I’m a little crazy. I understand: the idea of dropping everything to move to a place you’ve never been, where you don’t know a single person and don’t have a job or even a job connection — it’s unnerving. It’s unnerving, but only until you’ve actually done it. Moving to a new home base this week was easy compared to all of last week’s good-byes. It’s impossible not to meet friends at hostels, and as long as you’re serious about looking for a job, I promise that you’ll find one quickly. I’ve written that in Melbourne, it took me only two weeks to land two jobs; here, I handed out five resumes and had three offers for trial shifts within the afternoon. Starting over in a new place does not have to be hard. With this visa, I’ve found it easier than ever.
Now that I’m back to bartending, I couldn’t be more excited to settle back into a routine and really get to know Broome. Get ready for lots of exploring over the next couple weeks, plus a bunch of flashbacks to some Melbourne favorites I haven’t posted yet.
I’m still on Anna Karenina this week. It’s a long one, but I’ve finally made it halfway!
Lianne La Havas’ “What You Don’t Do” and Santigold’s new single “Radio”. Both are bright, upbeat and perfectly suited to the kind of back-to-summer celebrating I’m feeling here in Broome.
& Feeling Inspired by…
While I’m living on opposite terms now and reveling in my return to travel, Leah’s post “Why the Nomadic Lifestyle Can’t Last” on her blog The Mochilera Diaries seriously resonated with me this week. I love travelling and the communities I make on the road, but there’s a lot to be said for having a more permanent home base.