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Some Good News in Newcastle

22 January 2013 No Comment

Wednesday 20th to Thursday 21st April 2011 – Newcastle, Australia

Being back in Newcastle was really pleasing for me today. I awoke late after a much-needed lay in, and felt very content to be in one of my favourite places. All I could think about was going to the beach, but I had a job to do today, and this had to be priority.

My job was to look for work in any shape or form. I wanted to use my time here to join job agencies and ask around for anything at all. My first task was to print off a load of C.Vs (Resumes) and start dishing them out to people. I found a printers and printed off a batch, then out I set into the town centre to see what I could find.

It wasn’t long before I bagged my first rejection, followed by a second, then a third etc, and this dampened my spirits a little, but I knew I wasn’t going to find work just like that. I handed out my CV to shops and food outlets, and a few agencies that I found, but most people were either not looking, or looking for somebody local, in other words, not a traveller. I was exhausted as the afternoon drew to a close.

In the evening I jumped onto the Wi-Fi and scoured the internet for any opportunities, but found little to none. I had an idea to perhaps try working in a hostel as I see so many travellers doing, and as I was here in Newcastle I tried my luck, but the hostel didn’t need anybody. I phoned a couple of other hostels in town with no luck, then I remembered the hostel in Port Macquarie which wasn’t too far away, and to my joy they had a vacancy for a cleaner. I wasted no time in applying myself for the position, and just like that I had the job.

I was very happy to be in work, and now had a real chance of prolonging my stay in Australia, but I also felt sad to be leaving Newcastle again, so soon after being reacquainted. At least I could enjoy one last day here without wandering the streets looking for work.

The following day I awoke in good time and set out for a walk along the coastline, stopping at various beaches along the way. I eventually wound up back at the main beach but was surprised at how much cooler the water was now compared to when I was here before. The sun was still warm and I used the opportunity for some tanning, but the beaches were lacking in people now and the sea was less enticing. I still had a lot of fun and realised how much I had missed Newcastle. I only hope I can be back here again someday when the sun is hot and the water warm.

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