11 days since my last post. I’ve been swinging between sadness, fear, regret, guilt and numbness. I guess it’s always been my lot in life to take the burden of the problems on myself. I should have researched more, I should have thought harder, I should have been more thorough. Given that there is 3 of us and I was the only one to do anything to plan this trip, in my mind this current predicament is still all my fault.
The biggest problem im having is the lack of real information on the Gold Coast. it gives people false ideas on what it’s really like to live here. I can’t speak for all of australia but definitely the gold coast. If I had known the off-season meant there was no work even in McDonald’s or that people don’t care to befriend holiday visa holders, I probably would have reconsidered the location. among other issues as well.
The lack of work, the lack of friends for networking and company, the contracts on everything. Yes Australia is expensive, to Americans. the prices of most things like hydro, tv, internet, food etc are all about the same as Canada when you consider they include taxes in their price so you never see any of it. But, the start-up costs of getting yourself settled is atrocious! we spent a small fortune to get ourselves to australia, then got hit with wave after wave of deposits, start-up fees, contracts, you name it. just for our basic necessities. all of this only to find out there is no work. I really would have liked a warning.
Believe me we have tried looking for work. every single store weve browsed in, we’ve casually chatted with managers or employees. we ask if they are hiring and they say they are sorry and that they get X amount of resumes a day. it seems that is the standard response. we’ve searched Gumtree and Seek. We’ve called temp agencies and even looked as far as commutes and hour away. there is nothing. it seems what is available is reserved for all the locals who can offer up more than the 6 months we are locked to.
having local friends might have made it easier but it seems the second we open our mouth and they hear our accents they ready themselves for the inevitable question, one we’ve now heard a million times. “So are you guys on working holiday visas?”. like clockwork every time you see a wall drop in their eyes and the conversation ends.
The Gold Coast is beautiful. its stunning. easily one of the most beautiful places ive ever seen. I just wish we’d chosen to come here on vacation instead of all the prep and money spent to live here. So unless something changes in the near future we will probably be heading home. I hate the idea that we are probably leaving this country with a negative view of it and so many regrets. I wish things had gone differently or that we’d chosen to backpack like we initially wanted instead of stay in one place
oh well, maybe im just feeling bitter cause I’m bored, lonely and broke. sorry guys…I swear ill try to be cheerier tomorrow.