The Great Move has happened

Yes, I’m in Sydney!!!
14.500 km away from home, half of the world down here ๐Ÿ™‚

Still taking time to believe that’s happened, too goodโ€ฆ
Typing these words, sitting in my room in a bay district, with palm trees just outside of my window, flowers everywhere, and night ocean breeze flowing into my roomโ€ฆ
Australia? Australia! My country for the next year…

Yoho what a ride ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

So how I’m doing:
In short, everything is great!!! (well, money is a bit of an issue, but it seems to be an eternal issue ๐Ÿ™‚ My company is wonderful, people here are great, Sydney is amazing. What else is needed to be happy? So I’m very happy!! hehe

A bit more in detail:
Well, sit comfortable and get ready for a long story ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s everything

My flight
I was flying through Tokyo, with Russian airlines Aeroflot (never-ever do this if you can! I finally got disappointed with them after they charged me 200 euros for overweight, cause total limit was 20 kg including hand luggage – hello, I’m flying to Australia!?) Anyways, farewell with Russia was good, I left on Maslenitsa day (when everyone makes pancakes and celebrates winter time). And then – 9 hrs flight to Tokyo. Obviously, I slept most of time on the plane ๐Ÿ™‚ A passenger next to me appeared to be nanotechnology engineer flying to deliver a presentation at a conference in Japan, his hobby was – guess what – heritage research, he published several books on the history of his family and the region he comes from. Very cool discussions!.. Travel time is a wonderful time, you can meet so many interesting people!

Japan – Tokyo. More precise, Tokyo airport
When we were flying above Japan (in the morning), first thing that struck me – how many mountains they have for such a small country! How they manage to be one of leading economies in the world in those conditions of limited land resources, is a miracle and lots of great management.
Second interesting thing – their fields are even smaller and carefully lined that those in Germany and Netherlands! (if that’s possibleโ€ฆ) I was amazed, land from above looks like a blanket of perfect small squares and rectangles. So interesting and different from vast chaotic Russian lands hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

Airport actually appeared much smaller than I expected. May be that wasn’t the main one? Transit area is very small (now I love Schiphol even more that I did before!), so I spent most of my time in a cafรฉ, trying rolls (yay finally real Japaneese ones!) and reading, until I had to go to catch my flight to Sydney. Even being dead tired, I felt my heart beating faster and faster, as I approached the gate. I saw so many Australians at once, and all seemed to be very nice looking and smiling peopleโ€ฆ Quantas airlines are very nice (well, at least comparing to Russian airlines), and the first time in my travel life I met such friendly personnel, making jokes with passengers etc. My induction into Aussie culture began on the flight ๐Ÿ™‚

Arriving to Sydney
Lucky me – there was sunny weather on my arrival, and I was with my head in a plane window, trying to catch every detail of approaching Australia. Lots of mountains, interesting stone seaside – and of course, shining waters of Pacific oceanโ€ฆ
Sydney Opera house, skyscrapers of the downtown, residential areas, boats in bays – and there I was, landing in Sydney airport. Yoho I did it!!! Ura-ura-ura!

Endless queues on the custom and quarantine (Australia is an isolated land, therefore very strict on incoming items), I was worried that could forget something and would be fined – but everything went smoothly, people were friendly (even at customs!). I went out – and there they were, several @-ers, waiting for 2 hrs for my arrival ๐Ÿ™‚ I was positively surprised, that there were more than a couple, as it usually happens, they even presented me with a sim card so I could let my parents immediately that I’m fine. And then I was taken to a place I’m living in, by car, through the city center, facing Harbor Bridge and a hint of Opera Houseโ€ฆ Great reception ๐Ÿ™‚

First day
I was taken to a place where one of trainees (Russian girl from Ekaterinburg by the way ๐Ÿ™‚ lives, a nice old colonial house in a Neutral Bay area, which a posh area in the center of the city. The location is perfect, but I’d be moving out to a flat with some @-ers (current place, this house, is a private hotel, most tenants are talkative old ladies etc, soโ€ฆ in search of a more private space I want to change the place).
Some logistics on arrival, short sleep, short walk in the city – and by the evening there I was, riding a ferry through a bay, passing by Sydney Opera House. Imagine how happy I was, standing on the deck of a ferry, sun shining, breeze, smell of oceanโ€ฆ I couldn’t stop smiling – I AM IN SYDNEY!!!

Apparently the same evening the biggest ship in the world (Queen Mary) was leaving Sydney Harbour, and there thousands of people everywhere, on boats and hills around the bay. I thought, what a reception for my first evening here hehe

Actually why the first day was as great as it was – in the evening I met up with Pita and Anya, the Santos couple ๐Ÿ™‚ oh I was SO HAPPY to see guys here in Sydney!!! They made up my first day as great ๐Ÿ™‚ was so cool to sit and chat, see smiles on dear familiar faces, talking everythingโ€ฆ I guess this is the best part of globalization – you can meet with friends everywhere! I think I have to pay off and visit Singapore some time during this year ๐Ÿ™‚

I started actually the next day I arrived, a bit jetlagged, especially by the end of the day – but things are great, it deserves a separate post coming later on.

And yes, I have had my welcome party! Saturday evening, Spanish tapas bar, and then off for drinks – for a change! – toโ€ฆ an Irish pub! Hehe some things never change ๐Ÿ™‚ AIESEC guys are so nice and welcoming, and trainees are cool people – 3 Brazilians (yes, Gabi is one of them :), girl from Bulgaria, Romanian girl – Salma (it seems there will be always something that keeps me connected to Romanians ๐Ÿ™‚ cheers to all of you I know ๐Ÿ™‚

Something more about first images of Australia?
Of course I had to go to the beach!!! No comments, just look at my happy face ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m mega-glad to finally live, as I dreamed, in a seaside city. Now I can come and sit, watching the water, at any time, which I successfully do, even in the evening like this:

Well, that was long way, good if you read till these lines ๐Ÿ™‚ That was it, my travel in detail. Lots of text, but that will work for the memoirs ๐Ÿ™‚

To be continued – keep looking at Australia through my eyes!