when i first started to earn money i was around 15 years old. i bought so much stuff which i didn’t need at all. i went shopping almost every day to buy new clothes. so many people i know focus on materialistic things.. they are only happy when they are nicely dressed and when they bought the newest i-phone, car and all that stuff. but once you have that you are not so happy anymore because you always want more and the market never sleeps, there is always a new phone or a new car and new fancy clothes that you can buy.
when i started my travels in december 2015 i went to a few countries in south-east-asia. i saw so many homeless people, street dogs and cats which made me feel really sad. Continue reading
in the end of july, frank, my new workaway-host, picked me up from the farm where i stayed in bangalow. we drove around 10 minutes until we reached the new place in coorabell, called paradise one. it literally looks like a paradise!
the driveway alone is 3 km long and it’s just so peaceful and beautiful here. i got my own room with a queensize-bed, a hammock on the balcony, a huge mirror, a own bathroom for myself. i couldn’t believe how fancy the room is!
i was so happy that i had a room to myself because i normally had to share one or i just slept in the
shilo, the work-away host from the farm in bangalow picked me up from byron. his farm is around 15 minutes drive to byron town.
there are around 8 people living on the farm. everyone has their own small caravan. we have a shared kitchen and bathroom.
there is a pizza oven and a slackline, a bonfire-place, a lot of ducks and chickens.. a lot of art and paintings everywhere. it’s such a a chill and cool place to live!
i arrived at 7 am in byron and all the cafes where still closed. i went to the beach and watched the sunrise and a view people bicycling on the street with the surfboards in their arms.
then i went to a cafe and grabbed a chai-latte. unfortunately they didn’t have wifi there and i couldn’t write my couchsurfing host in byron bay that i am here and he can pick me up anytime. there was another customer in the cafe and i asked him if he knows where there is a place with wifi here. he gave me his phone to contact my host and he said he can bring me to his place because it’s close to his work, so nice. Continue reading
i flew with jetstar from fiji to sydney. jetstar is one of those cheap airlines where you dont get food or drinks on the flight. it was a four hour flight and i always ordered a cup of water because it is free. if you buy a small bottle of water it is around 5 dollars, crazy expensive. by the end of the flight all the flight attendants knew me because i ordered so many cups of water during the flight 😀
i arrived in sydney around 7 pm and it was only 13 degrees outside. i stepped into the plane in fiji with shorts because it was so hot there but when i left the airport in sydney i was freezing. everyone is wearing winterjackets, scarves and warm shoes here because it’s winter right know.. i was definitely not prepared for this kind of weather. Continue reading
some facts about the culture and the life here in fiji:
– fijitime: no one is in a hurry and everything takes forever
– in some villages the women are not allowed to have long hair
– in some places you are not allowed to wear a hat
– you should not touch the head of a child, it’s not respectful and really rude
– mostly the people don’t say yes. they raise their eyebrows instead, it’s really funny to watch
– sharing is caring here
– they love to eat kasawa because it’s really easy to grow and fast but it’s really dry and the locals eat it plain all day long Continue reading
if you travel around fiji there is no chance that you don’t get to try kava because it playes a huge roll in the culture in fiji.
kava is a plant, it comes from the root of the yaqona bush. the root is ground up and then strained with water into a large wooden
in the culture here it is a symbol to bring two groups of people together, everyone sits around the kava bowl. Continue reading
i flew back to the yasawas after one week break, where i went to the coral coast on the main island in fiji.
i arrived at the airport with another guy who also worked as a gametester and a pick-up picked us up from the airstrip in the yasawas.
we saw a lot of ripe bananas next to the road on the way to the village and we stopped to get them.
i was soo happy about them because normally we never saw bananas on the way to our place there.
we arrived back in the village around lunchtime and everyone was there. i felt so happy to be back because it feels like
after 50 day of working in the yasawas we went back to nadi. i really love the plane ride, you see all the small islands with the beautiful reef around. it’s only 30 minutes by plane.
john, a friend from fiji, gave me and a friend a ride up to the coral coast. it took us 2 hours until we arrived at the
beachhouse – a fancy place for backpackers. it’s not really like a hostel – more like a resort.
you can do a lot of activities there.
i went paddle boarding in the mornings, did yoga in the evenings, went kayaking & once i tried surfing.
i had a look on the facebook fiji backpacker group for inspirations where i can go to next and i found a job offer which says that you need to have at least 20-50 days in fiji to do this job.
i thought that sounds great for me – you earn 50 fiji dollars a day (which is not a lot) BUT you get free food and accommodation and work as a gametester. i asked if they need more people for the job because rhona, the girl from germany who i met on the farm in fiji, wants to come as well.
they told me that they were only missing two girls, so that was perfect.