For the last three weeks, I’ve been working non stop. Not very adventurous, so today’s blogpost is about expectations. Expectations regarding work; expectations about my sister coming in; and expectations about life in Australia in general.

First of all, let me make clear that I can’t complain. My work at the display suite where I work fulltime is definitely not what I expected to be doing in Australia. But that’s what I actually like about it. I would probably never be doing this in the Netherlands, which makes it part of the working holiday experience for me.

I was looking forward to having a lot of fun working in a cafe with cool colleagues, so at first I was disappointed with my current job, working alone all day. However, I found it actually pretty funny doing something different than back home, learning some things about how these people sell appartments. This is just another opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone.

Besides working, I’m spending a lot of time with my sister, who came over to Australia for her working holiday. Talking about expectations, I was so excited to see her again after five months. I picked her up at the airport last Sunday and right away it felt like I’ve seen her a week before that. She’s actually a really good influence to explore the city even more than I’ve been doing so far. So far, her being here totally exceeded my expectations.

Although I try to do a lot of fun things with my friends and sister, I am working a lot. This actually makes me wonder sometimes why I’m here, on the other side of the world, doing the exact same thing I can do back home. I actually answered this question earlier in this blogpost; to get out of my comfort zone.

I just have to keep telling myself that, because working in Australia is actually not too different from working in the Netherlands. It takes up a lot of your time, which makes it hard to do cool things with your friends. In that regard, my expectations about the difference between working in Australia and working back home is not quite met, eventhough I’m not sure what I expected. Turns out work is work, and sometimes you just need money to continue your travel plans.

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