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Job Hunting and Exploring in Melbourne City
Monday 11th to Friday 15th April 2011 – Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne was a place I had come to in search for work, and currently I was in a hostel I didn’t like in a location far from where I needed to be. I needed to relocate before job hunting could begin, and that essentially is what this next week would be all about.
I left this hostel early in the morning, climbing over all the clothes and belongings strewn across the floor in the dark, and set off for Urban Central Backpackers. I had been given instructions from the girl behind this hostel’s reception desk, and made my way to the tram stop over the road. One tram to the city centre, another to the station, then a walk from the station to the hostel. I later found out I could have walked the entire journey in under 10 minutes, silly me.
The hostel already felt a lot better than the previous, and I was keen to set up camp, but their system was down. I couldn’t check in and had to leave my bags in storage until later in the day, so I went out and about for a while. There is everything I need all around the hostel, and I feel I have made the correct decision in coming here.
Later I returned to the Urban Central Backpackers to check in, but their system was still down. I came back several times throughout the day, each time with the same result. It was a large hostel, and everybody was in the same situation. One guy was escorting everyone to his or her rooms using the master key, and looked visibly stressed. You could not enter the lifts or any room in the entire hostel without this guy and his master key. When it got to late evening and I was finally allowed to my room, you could not leave the room to go to the toilet without then going down to reception, queuing, then being escorted back to the room. It was all a bit of a mess, but it sorted itself out by the following day.
I enjoyed the free breakfast laid on by the hostel which I thought was a nice touch, and one of the reasons I chose this hostel. I filled my belly and began the day job hunting. It was raining hard today and I couldn’t go out and about, so used the Internet to search for work. It was the same on Wednesday as the rain continued to fall. I have the mother of all colds currently, no doubt due to the change in weather. With no work available anywhere, and with the constant advice given to me by fellow backpackers about Melbourne being notoriously difficult to find work, I began to lose hope in finding anything. Apparently Melbourne is the place everybody comes to in search of work, which is information I wish I had received before now, but at least I had the opportunity to experience Melbourne whilst I was here.
Thursday came and the rain relented, and so this meant I could take myself away from the hostel for a bit. I decided on taking a long walk to see more of this city. The walk took me a long way and showed me many interesting sights. There were plenty of street performers out today including one particular music band that were incredible. LA Rumba they are called, and Gypsy Flamenco Music was what they were playing. I loved it and could have stayed for hours watching them. By the look on the faces of the others gathered around the band, it was clear everybody else thought the same.
The Royal Botanical Gardens was my next stop, and it really is a beautiful place as is always the case here in Australia. Every Botanical Gardens I have seen have been as good as the last. I had walked a long way today, and still felt very ill with my cold, but I had a good day and was grateful for the sunshine today. I took a walk around the lake and along parts of the Melbourne F1 track which were easily recognisable, and parked myself on a bench to watch the world go by, listening to the cackle of the Black Swans. Melbourne is a lovely place, especially when the sun is shining, but I don’t know if I will find work here. I shall keep trying though.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
Founder of Roundtheworldtrip.org.
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