Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ive been here for over 3 weeks now. It feels so great to be fully settled. Ive secured a job as a bartender at Bistro C, a great restaurant situated right on the beach overlooking first point of Noosa main beach. Ive got a nice little apartment walking distance from both work (the beach) and the river where there are free electric bbqs at which, you can grill some meat, do some fishing, and drink some beers. My friends out here have made sure that both Seton and I are hooked up while were here as well. Dennis and our crazy American buddy Tom have hooked us up with 2 bikes and two great longboards to play with while were here.

Im so glad that people are deciding to visit us in paradise while were here. Although Ive only lived in my apartment for one week we have had our buddy Rich from MB, Diane the wakeboarder and her girl friends, along with some friends of Setons childhood buddy stay with us. Tomorrow one of my best friends is coming to stay with us for a month. Right now Jesse Carmody is on a plane making his way here as we speak, my good buddy John Double has booked his flight to comem out in June and, Ive just got off Skype talking to my buddy Andrew Harner who wants to come out during the California summertime as well.

This was the best move I couldve done at this point in my life. The economic times have created a terrible job market for people like me, young and fresh out of college. So now I will wander the world, gain some life experience and enjoy what opportunities come my way. Ive just found out about an English school in Noosa where I will try to volunteer or work at so that I may be able to improve my resume for teaching in Japan or Hong Kong as my next move. Loving it here but always planning my next step. Even so, whenever I leave this place it willbe too soon. Here in Noosa has been the first time in months that I have been settled into a place. Until next time...

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Arrival

I have arrived.

Last week, with a board bag and back pack, I was dropped off at LAX to begin my adventure to Aus. Because I had 3 hours before departure, I checked in and sat at the bar in Bradley International Terminal. There I proceeded to drink scotch and watch the last Lakers victory of the season from home soil. When it was time to board, I did so with a buzz and a smile.

The flight to Brisbane took 20 hours including a 4 hour layover in Fiji and a delay due to engine trouble. Having slept the majority of the flight and deep seeded excitement on par with jumping out of a plane, I grabbed my bags and caught a train into the heart of Brisbane. After catching a few funny glances for walking through downtown with a surfboard, I acquired a phone and a bank account.

With my new phone I was able to reach my Aussie mate Mex and head towards his house in Indropilly, a suburb of Brisbane. There is where I would set up shop for a few days until I caught the train to Noosa. The weekend was filled with parties and clubs that I frequented on my last visit to Aus. The Vic, a former favorite venue, had burned down a few months ago but, although a few things had changed, the majority remained the same.

The ride to Noosa was filled with beautiful countryside and a bit of sleep from an eventful weekend. When I arrived I was greeted by my family away from home. Dennis Dunstin, former Fleetwood Mac manager, current friend of the family, and absolute legend picked me up from the train station. I have been staying with his lovely family just outside of Noosa in Tinbeerwa, and enjoying a bit of rest. I have a job interview on Wednesday and a call into a few of the local realestate offices for an apartment.

Things couldn't have gone more smoothly and I'm looking forward to my extended stay in Australia. Coming back has only deepened my love for the people, scenery, and lifestyle that this country has to offer. I can't wait to be a tourguide to friends and family from home that will join me in the next few months.