I feel like every person who comes to Australia on a working holiday tend to have the same expectation when they come here, but end up having a whole different experience. You’re torn between two choices: travel or work. Though most people decide to explore what this great country has to offer and go on road trips hoping they will find something to stimulate their bank account, I decided to work and work was what I got. Instead of working somewhere for a couple of months, leave, and do it all over again, I stayed and worked at one place for as long as my visa would allow me to.
With this decision, I was forced to stay in one city without any time to explore, to travel, to really experience Australia. I decided on staying in a hostel for the entire five months I stayed in Perth because I felt like a flat was unnecessary. If I was going to stay somewhere for this long, I needed to consistently meet people and surprisingly I did.
I came to Perth with the intention of staying for a couple weeks, unless I found a job, which I was able to find quickly. The moment I got hired at The Old Brewery was the moment that would either make or break my first Australian experience. Did it it break me? Yes, but it also made me. I had no idea what to expect once I arrived here and I can honestly say it forever changed my life. Staying somewhere for so long allowed me to actually create relationships. To create memories with people who would impact my life daily and share so many incredible memories with.
So no, I didn’t get to explore Australia yet, but I will definitely leave Perth knowing that I will have friendships that will last me a lifetime and I am so happy that I made this decision. It was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a while (but of course I made it look easy) and who knows maybe I’ll even be back. Leaving was so bittersweet, but it was needed.
I will always miss walking into the Brewery being greeted by every person I worked with, laughing, joking, and grabbing a drink after a long shift. To go on a lunch break, walk outside and find myself perfectly located along the Swan River. I will miss every walk I had to make into the city just to buy one thing. I will miss my weekly meal with a friend who took me in as his own family. Every conversation that was had on the steps outside of The Emperor Crown Hostel with people who became a huge part of my life. Who unexpectedly became what felt like “home.”
Perth will always have a place in my heart and I will never forget. To all of those who I met on this incredible part of my journey, thank you and I hope to see you again! Cheers.