My Time in Australia #1: The First Week

My Time in Australia #1: The First Week


I can't believe that I've been in Australia for two weeks already, time is passing by so fast. I decided to make short films of my time here, and I just finished the video of my first week here. Enjoy!



Trip to Urimbirra Wildlife Park

Trip to Urimbirra Wildlife Park


On Friday the 21st, Adelaide Uni had organised a trip for all new exchange students, including a trip to Urimbirra Wildlife Park. When you think of Australia, images of kangaroos and koalas probably pop up in your mind. I hadn't seen them yet, so you can imagine that I was pretty excited when I heard we were going to a wildlife park where you can actually pet them!

Urimbirra Wildlife Park is about an hour drive southwards from Adelaide, and we went there by bus with many other exchange students. Unfortunately we only had an hour and a half to spend in the wildlife park, but that was enough to at least pet the koalas and kangaroos. Even though it was a lot of fun to pet them and feed them, I found the tourism a bit sad - especially when people were petting the koalas. About 30 people surrounded three koalas, and they were touched and petted continuously for 20 minutes. Although they were eating their eucalyptus the entire time, I cannot imagine that these animals enjoy being petted by 30 people for 20 minutes much. But - it was really nice to come close to them and take some pictures!




Because we had such a short time in the wildlife park, I didn't see much of the other animals. I did see some beautiful coloured birds, and some reptiles. Can't wait to visit another wildlife park or Adelaide Zoo!

I found a room!

I found a room!


The last week has been fun, but also quite stressful. As you may know, I arrived in Adelaide on the 13th in the evening. I stayed in a hotel the first few nights, but then I moved to a hostel I booked until the 22nd. Unfortunately, I had not found a room in Adelaide yet, because many people had told me it was quite easy to find one and it would be nicer if I could view the room first as well. However, it turned out to be more difficult than I expected, as many rooms were already taken and my mind was quite set on finding a room in the city center. Even though Adelaide is pretty 'cheap' for Australian standards, Australia remains an expensive country and I was not able to find a decent room for a reasonable price. 

Luckily, I went to a viewing on Thursday, and even though I didn't really liked that house because of its distance to the bus stop and the city center, the landlord had another house in which all rooms were still available. She kindly showed me her other place as well, and to be honest: I was completely mesmerized by the place. It has a huge kitchen, dining area and living room, including all utilities like an oven, microwave, dishwasher and a TV. The bathroom looks clean and nice, and even has a bath. There's a little terrace behind the house, including a barbecue which would be so lovely in summer. Only exchange students are going to live there, which makes the house perfect. The only thing is that it's 10 minutes by train to the city center, and if you would want to bike it's about 20-25 minutes. But I don't mind that much, as I'm already extremely happy to have found such a place. It only takes 15 minutes by train to go to the beach, which makes the house perfect for late spring and summer as well.

Tomorrow I can finally say goodbye to this hostel, and move in. Can't wait to settle and get my life started here!

First few days in Adelaide, Australia

First few days in Adelaide, Australia


A couple of days ago I finally arrived in Adelaide, Australia. The flight was about 22 hours, from Düsseldorf to Dubai and from Dubai to Adelaide. It was a really long journey, but luckily I slept quite some hours on the plane, so it wasn't even that bad. Thursday night I arrived at the airport, and I took a taxi to my hotel in the city center. I was so glad that I decided to book a hotel for the first two nights, because this gave me time to rest and have some time for myself. 

The first day I was still quite tired from the flight, but I decided to explore the city with a friend. We just walked around clueless in the city center, but we finally arrived at a nice coffee place to drink some coffee. I frankly never expected the city center to be this big, even though I'd read online that there are about 1.3 million inhabitants. The streets are busy and big, which I really have to get used to. Luckily there are smaller and cuter streets as well with lunchrooms and restaurants, but I still need to search for the nicer areas. I noticed that the people here are very friendly and open, and happy to help you out - which is always nice of course. In the evening I went out for dinner with a friend; I'd found a nice place online with Korean food, but apparently this place was so popular that you literally had to wait outside the restaurant. So, we decided to eat somewhere else which was still fine.

The next day another fellow student from Maastricht had arrived in Adelaide, so after I walked around on my own through Adelaide Central Market and China Town, we met and sat down for some drinks. We were both quite tired, she from her flight, and I because somehow I couldn't sleep the night before. In the evenings the two of us met another friend, and the three of us ate some delicious hamburgers near North Terrace and our uni.

Today, the weather's awful and depressing - it's literally 11 degrees Celsius, and it's cloudy and raining.  I decided to stay in the hostel today, apart from getting some groceries that are way too expensive. I really have to get used to the hostel as well, because I'd never been in one before and I do not prefer to sleep in the same room with people I don't know.

Even though I expected I would really have to get used to being in Australia and Adelaide, I actually feel fine and quite at home already - although I still need to find a permanent place to live. Upcoming week, orientation activities start at uni, and in this week I hope to find a decent room. Finding a room here is a bit stressful, but in the end it'll probably be okay. To be honest, I'm not that excited about uni yet, mostly because I haven't had time to relax. Luckily, I've heard that uni isn't too busy and stressful here in Australia, so I guess I'll be okay. 

I'm looking forward to warmer and sunnier days, as I can then go to the beach, visit the zoo and do other nice things outside. Apparently, the uni's organizing a kayak trip with dolphins which sounds strange and exciting at the same time. Hopefully, the weather will be fine then to actually enjoy these kinds of activities.

Talk to you later!!

Only 9 days left...

Only 9 days left...


It's only 9 days left until I'll travel to Australia, to the other side of the world. Before I didn't realise I was leaving, but this weekend I celebrated my 21st birthday and the fact that I'm leaving for half a year, which did trigger something. It feels strange, exciting and scary at the same time, and to be honest: I don't know how to feel yet. People keep asking me if I'm excited and if I'm looking forward to it, but frankly I don't know yet - just because I have no idea what to expect. Of course I hear amazing stories from people who've studied abroad for a semester, but it still sounds and feels surreal.

I still need to book a hotel/hostel in Adelaide, which I need to do as soon as possible. Luckily, most other things are taken care of, which makes me feel a little bit more relaxed. But unconsciously, I'm still feeling stressed. I still need to hand things in at uni before I leave, which does not really help at all. In a few days, my summer holiday finally begins and I can finally completely focus on Australia. 

Even though I have thought about it, I have no clue what to bring with me to Australia. I'm arriving in winter, but when my semester finishes it's summer. I literally have to bring clothes for every season - which makes packing even more difficult and confusing. How many pairs of pants and shoes do I bring with me? And how many shirts do I need for half a year? I literally have no idea. I can bring 30 kilos with me, but I'm not sure if that's enough, too much or too little. We'll see when I'm actually packing.

The most annoying part about the whole thing is that I don't have a room in Adelaide yet. Even though many people have said it's doable to find a room in a week or two while you're there, but it's really irritable to have this uncertainty. Normally I'm not the kind of person who likes to plan everything and I'm always quite relaxed, but not having a room yet is still a bit stressful. I just hope I can find a room as quickly as possible so I can unpack my suitcase, settle down and hopefully try and feel at home. 

Long story short, I'm excited and frightened at the same time. I don't know what to expect, but in the end it'll probably all be okay. EXCITED!!