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Some snaps I took when we where in the Blue Mountains this weekend. Just a train ride away from the city we have this beautiful scenery, perfect for a day away from the busy city life. Specially with good company!

Love,

Linn

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As some of you may know, but some of you not. I started traveling 7 months after I graduated High School. Which was the biggest, and the best decision of my life. It was not even a decision, it just happened. I took every opportunity I got to go and see the world. Since then I've got different questions, even still 'til this day about my journey and my way of traveling. And I just thought I could answer some of those questions here.

And there for I want to go in a little bit deeper how everything happened, from the start 'til this day. So prepare for a long blog post. I'll try to do a quick version. For you guys that already know about this (I have a Youtube video where I talk about this on my channel as well) jump down to after the third picture! If you have any questions, just drop a comment!

I worked. I worked almost everyday since I graduated High School. I had already decided that I didn't want to go to Uni straight away and that my goal was to save money and go and see the world. How, when and where I had no idea of. I had a boyfriend at the time, so my dreams was still there but was a little bit put to the side. After I've been working so much I got a bit depressed and started looking around what I wanted to do. So me and my friend found EBS, and decided that we wanted to go to Phuket and do the course down there. So we just booked! I was terrified, but excited at the same time. And Me and my boyfriend broke up just before we left Sweden, so it was really good for me to get away and do something different.

My course, EBS Phuket February 2015

This was my first time I'd been away from home for so long, and so far away. I was away for 6 weeks. Did the course and went for a trip to Phi phi islands and then home. Just after like a week or so at home I got an offer to go to Greece and work at EBS Kos headquarter club and work as a bartender. So I did for 5 months.

Picture from a boat trip in Greece

It was not far away from home, but that was then the longest I've been away from home. And season job is hard, but amazing! And you know the season end at some point. Here, I didn't tell anyone, but I found the add for the Event Manager for EBS in New York. And ever since I did my course I've said that job is something I really wanted to do. A dream job. So one day when I came home from work I sat up until 10 am and wrote my CV in English and just sent it. I thought I wouldn't get an answer but just a couple of days later I got an answer from EBS Care that the posistion in New York you had to be an American citizen for, but asked if I was interested in the same position but in Sydney? I said yes. And of course the process was a lot longer then that. But I flew home to make some money if I would get the job (the season was coming to an end anyway!) and after a few Skype interviews I got my Working Holiday visa and booked a ticket down to Sydney.

EBS Sydney February course 2016, a year after I did the course myself!

So my plan was to stay and work for EBS Sydney for 6 months and then head home. Because that's what I had been doing so far. Go travel and then come home and save money for the next adventure. But I ended up staying in Sydney for 7 months, and during that time I realized I wanted to stay after 6 months, work even longer for EBS and then travel in Australia. So I ended up doing farm work for 100 days and here I am today! If you're wondering anything about my farm work or second year visa just drop a comment because I wanna do another more deeper post about farm work. But if you have more serious questions: check the Australian goverments website!

Seems pretty easy when you put it like this. I just bought a ticket and all of the sudden I was a traveler. But the thing is, this is my oppinion and I just want to put it out there: I'm not a traveler yet, what I have been doing anyone can do. I have moved from one place to another. The traveling is stil yet to come. But during my time in different places I have come across different questions that I wanted to write about.

How do you dare travel alone?

I have never dared. You see, before my travels, I had a lot of anxiety and panic attacks about the smallest things. My friends knew about it, but it wasn't something I mentioned to everyone. And I am talking about the girl that could start to cry because she had to call the pizzeria and order food. (A big phobia of mine, that I actually still struggle with sometimes, to talk to strangers on the phone) Getting anxiety and panic attacks about being alone in my room with my own thoughts. I have never dared to take that step. But after a while I realized I had to put myself in situations when I do not have a choice. So, the bartender course, just book without even questioning it. And I was going with a friend, and I didn't want to let her down so I just had to do it. I thought so many times that I wanted to cancel, but felt like I couldn't because I wasn't going alone and couldn't let her down.

When I got the opportunity to go to Greece. I just said: I can't. I can't. My mom said: What is the worst thing that can happen? That's that you have to go home again, nothing worse then that. So I booked the ticket with her, without any insurance or anything so I did not have a choice. I walked upstairs, and started crying. Again I did not have a choice, of course this was what I wanted but I thought I wasn't brave enough to do something like this.

And in Greece I grew much as a person and I worked so much on doing stuff I didn't dare to do everyday. This helped me so much. It's about doing the things that makes you so scared.

It was the same when I got the job here in Sydney. I knew that this was what I wanted. More then I could have ever wished for. When my future boss asked me at that time if I wanted the job. I just thought to myself: If you say yes, there is no going back. So I just said yes. Ran downstairs and told my mom. Super happy, and again she told me: the worst thing that can happen is just that you go home again. And I knew that she was right. This time I was a lot stronger than before Greece, but again I went upstairs and burst out in tears. And I thought: Why am I always doing this to myself?

The answer: Because I know I want to. It's about doing the stuff that makes you scared. Today a new adventure still scares me but not in the same ways like it did 2 years ago. You grow while you travelling. And all off the sudden the scary thing is not as scary anymore. And I can also tell you, there are a very few moments you are actually travelling alone. YOU ALWAYS MEET NEW PEOPLE ON THE WAY. If you go by yourself, you have to make new friends. You have to talk to new people and put yourself out there. And these people may end up being you best friends for life. Don't think, just do it! No one is not scared at all of going out in there world alone.

How can you afford to travel this much?

How I started off, was to work for several months. That's how I could afford the bartender course. And I said no to going out when a lot of my friends was. I worked or stayed in. I never went in to town for shopping or anything. I kept my money spending to a minimum. And that's how it's been every time I've come home for a little while before I head off again.

But In Greece and Australia I have been working, so that's something you can do. You work a little bit and then you head off until you need to sop for money again. To go for a full backpacking trip in Asia for 6 months is a different kind of travel and nothing I've done. But hope to do one day. But the thing is, most travelers or backpackers really lower their standard. I don't go to a restaurant every day, for a while I was so broke I ate noodles all day everyday for a week. And that's how it is. Sometimes you have more money, sometimes you don't have any. I can go out every weekend because that's my job. I get a lot of things for free with my job. But the last year I've come home and made money for the ticket and some pocket money. And then made some money during the way.

I would say, question yourself if you need to see everything at once. Or can you travel slower? I would say the travel slower option is cheaper, since you work a long the way. And if the 48 hour plane ticket is 400 dollars cheaper then the one for 21 hours then book the cheaper one. You make it work by lower your standards. And you put more value in experiences and adventures then things.

Don't you ever get homesick?

Of course I do. I have never been a homesick person. I love my family, so don't get me wrong. I have just never been the homesick type. For short time travels. But when you start to be away for a longer time everyone gets homesick. I know I put up a happy front on my social media, everything is about happiness and everything makes me so happy. And it does. I love traveling and to live in a different place and make my own home. But I don't put a status on facebook when I'm crying in my bed because I miss my family. I would say I don't really get homesick as in I do not miss the place Sweden, sometimes but not very often. (It would mostly be food in that case, urgh!!)

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What I miss the most is family and friends. And I've always said when people have been asking me that friends and family will always be there when you get back. But after almost a year away from home you realize, that all off your friends is not there anymore. But then again they probably weren't your friends from the beginning then. And your family will of course be there, but things can happen. Specially if you spend a longer time away. And to be completely honest it is very hard. It's just something you don't show to people. Of course I cry like a baby because I can't call my mom spontaneously because there is a time difference. Or that I can't attend my brothers graduation next year or that I can't run over to my cousins apartment when I'm having a mental breakdown. Or when one week life is shit, like life is sometimes anywhere traveling or not and you just want to be in your parents house hugging your parents. Everyone gets homesick.

I didn't have the nerves to travel, to do my dream job, or the money to see the whole world at once and I cry about missing my family so much I can't breathe sometimes. But here I am, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. The experiences and memories that I have now is more important than any amount of money. And to live on noodles and live in a hostel is worth the money I save so I can make more memories. Missing my family makes me realize how much I appreciate and love them, and for how lucky I am to have them. Which I know I took for granted before I left Sweden. Travel gives you perspective on things and it's amazing what it does to you. I am the same girl that cried over calling the pizzeria but today can stand in front of 50 people and hold a presentation and only get a little bit of hand sweat. Travel made me dare to travel more, to do my dream job, to realize I value experiences more then things and what a wonderful family I have. If you have been thinking about going traveling, don't think twice. Buy the ticket, and it will leave you with no choice. We only regret the choices we didn't make. And remember that the worst thing that can happen, is that you just go home again.

Love,

Linn

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100 days of farm work. 100 days out in the outback. It has been the worst and the greatest, it has been heaven and hell. We rolled some vines and we packed some raisins. I met so many wonderful people that I couldn't have done it without. The work was hard and I don't think I have been tested like that on how strong I am mentally. It really puts you to the test and it's hard to describe it to someone that hasn't done it themselves. And I can say that this experience is definitely not for everyone. I both loved and hated it. But now when I look back at it, it was definitely worth it. But I never thought I was gonna see the day when I got to go back to Sydney. I didn't even realize that I actually got to go back until I arrived on the station after 16 hours of trains and buses and sat down on a bench, that I was really back. I burst out in tears. It was so surreal. We where living in the middle of nowhere for 4 months and that becomes your reality. Nothing else feels real. I was talking about Sydney like it was a fairy tale.And now when I'm back, it feels like a fairy tale too. Packing raisins for 10 hours a day really makes you appreciate what you have. And it feels sooooo good to be back! I can't wait what this summer has to offer. What life has planned out for me. And my second year in Australia, I did it!

When me and Mikaela arrived in the small town Meribein that you can find on the border to New South Wales in Victoria, we just laughed. A town that is supposed to have 3000 people living there, and we maybe say 20 of them during our stay. After we've been living in Sydney for 7 months we could never imagine whet we had gotten our self's into. We knew that it was gonna be hard, but never this hard. It truly has changed me, and for the better. It's important to have experiences like this so you can learn what you have. It's easy to forget, and start taking everything for granted. But this really put me into a perspective. And now I'm here, and this city has me in every single way. And I love it in so many ways. Time to continue this love affair, you and me Sydney. You and me.  

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​I went skydiving a little while ago with a bunch of friends outside of Sydney in Wollongong. It was about 16 of us. Such an amazing day! I really want to do it again. If you ever have the chance, just do it! I paid extra to get photos and a video of it, and I did a remake on my video because I didn't really like my video. So I did the best I could with what I had!

I skydived with Sydney skydivers and it cost 270 just to skydive and then I paid 120 dollars extra for photos and the video. Worth every penny! 

Love, 

Linn

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​Finally I've created a little video from me and a couple of friends went to visit the kangaroos! This is the second time and I just can't get enough. I love them so much and I really recommend doing something like this instead of going to the zoo! 

I'm off today and I have been to the hairdresser to get some help with this afro! Feels so fresh, I haven't had a real haircut since I left Sweden. Since then every now and then a student have helped me to trim the edges a little bit but nothing else. And then I did the big mistake to bleach it at home. NEVER again I would say. But now it's good again, so now my hair can start over. After the hairdresser I went to the school and filmed a little bit. DON'T miss to check out our negroni videos this week! It has been so fun to shoot! Can't wait to film more videos. 

Talked to Helga today and it's crazy how close it is now, before I leave. It strange to leave something that feels more home then nothing else in the world. Maybe that's why I haven't had an issue to leave Sweden before? But it's time for new adventures and I can't wait. 

Now I'm gonna go home and then maybe go and take some pictures around vivid. 

Love, 

Linn

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Yesterday I went to the Botanic garden with the June course. There is a perfect spot right in front of the opera house with the most amazing view, especially during the sunset and you can just see the sun leaving its last touches before it gets dark. We staid until 6 when Vivid starts. Vivid is a light, art and music festival and it lights up the whole city with different light shows. Amazing!

I'm just embracing how cool my home is. It's always moving and vibrating with life. You simply can't get bored. It's like all of my favorite places put in to one. This city definitely has definitely stolen my heart, but I don't mind. It's amazing how you can find a home in a different place where you never knew you where gonna end up. I'm leaving in 20 days for a different adventure and I can't wait to see something different for a while, but it's nice to know that I have this to come back to. Sydney, my home.


Love, 
Linn


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​I must say that today I'm not full of energy after yesterdays graduation night! Another course has passed and the next one is my last before farmwork. That means that I'm gonna be training a guy named Mikey from the last course to take over for me while I'm gone. It's gonna be so much fun to work with somebody again! I miss those months me and Nicolas, the old event manager for EBS Sydney was working together. So I'm super excited for the time me and Mikey are gonna work together! 

It's 20 to 7 and I'm gonna head home soon. It has been the 2 day mixology course today, so Mikey has been attending and taking pictures and I have been doing work from the computer. And cleaned my office! The office was a mess believe me haha! And I have putted up the flag we got this week, we're gonna use it for group pictures. But when I'm not using it, it's hanging on the wall in front of my desk, for everyday motivation and inspiration! And my boss came in with my own contact cards today! So happy! And his comment was: no you're a real professional!  Haha I guess so... 

Love,

Linn

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Today is the day. Graduation day! This is probably the happiest and the sadest day of the month. They get to celebrate the best month of their lifes. But it's also time for many goodbyes. Luckily enough, Sydney is one of EBS's destinations where many people stay afterwards. Many people come here on their working holiday visa and start their journey with EBS. But some just go here for the course and then straight home. It's an intense month both in school and outside of school. And it bring a big smile on my face every month when I see so many people bond and make relationships that they will keep at heart for many years ahead. And that is really worth celebrating, the memories we keep on serving! Thank you so much April/May course! It has really been a blast! 

Love, 

Linn

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​Pictures from yesterday, Morrisset

I'm at the office at the moment. I have been preparing for tomorrow and the new course and the last hour I have been applying for farmworks. I have been free the last two days so it's nice to have a long day of being productive. And I'm so excited for tomorrow, graduation night! When all the students hard work is being celebrated and we have a last night of good food and partying together! 

Funny that I wrote about the kangaroos in my last post, because yesterday I actually went there againg with some other friends. But I still enjoyed it as much as the last time! But this time I had my GoPro with me so I'm gonna put that into a video when I have the time. It was so nice to get away from Sydney a little bit and just have a fun day with friends. After we've been hanging out with the 'roos we went to a lake nearby and watched the sunset. Amazing! 

Love, 

Linn

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Is it one thing I think everyone wants to see when they visit the land down under (at least if you're european) is to see kangaroos. I have been obsessed with these lovely animals ever since I first saw one. I have seen the ones at the zoo and the wild ones. And to me, the best experience is to see the wild ones, to I wanted to share with you guys a little tip if you ever come to Sydney.

Rent a car, because where I went I actually don't think you can get there any other way. Set your GPS on Morrisset Mental Hospital. Which sounds crazy but these 'roos hang out on a little area outside a mental hospital.

It takes around 1,5-2 hours to get there. Park you car a little bit away from the hospital and walk down to the little grass area next to the hospital. That's where you'll see kangaroos in all sizes.

The small ones are very cuddely. But Kangaroos are a very reserved animal and doesn't like if you come to close. Especially the older ones that are a bit bigger. I had some bananas in my bag which was a huge misstake. They love food and a big one that showed that he didn't like me cuddling with the babies. I got scared and left my bag. And then I had to sit an wait until he finished the banana in my bag. So be careful. But the small ones absolutely love cuddles. At least these ones since they are used to humans.

Don't miss out on this if you have the chance. I definitely prefer to meet the wild ones then to see them at the zoo. 

Love,

Linn

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