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This is how I spent my Valentine's Day evening, and as you can see it looks pretty good. Me and Matt went to a restaurant out in St Kilda for dinner. I'm usually the one making the best decisions when it comes to food in restaurants but this time Matt got the best Starter and Main, and mine were still super delicious.

After the dinner we took a walk over to Luna Park, which was also really nice! The only annoying thing is that there was a lot of people there = long queues.. Besides that and the fact that it was a little cold outside it was such a great night. Couldn't have had a better Valentine's Day. Xx

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Hi there, it's been a while since last time. I've been feeling a bit of the last week/weeks. A lot of people think it's just pure holiday to be away traveling, and don't get me wrong it's amazing. But whenever something feels hard or something's bothering you it automatically gets twice as hard to deal with it. At least for me that is. Now I'm starting to feel like myself again though, I'm feeling like I'm on my way up from my little "dip" or whatever to call it.

Soooo, this last Saturday we did something we hadn't done in a long time. Our plan was to have a proper night out, and we sure did. We all met up at Rodrigo's for pre drinks and then we all ended up at Lucky Coq. It was a great night, very needed! I can't say that my Sunday self agreed though lol.. Xx

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Today it's the 1st of February. I try not to think about how fast the time goes by, but it's hard. Specially when it goes this fast?? I mean today I've been away from home for 4 months, and there's more to come. That means I've used 1/3 of my WH visa, already?! Sometimes I get stressed about the fact that I've "just been in Melbourne so far". But that's the point. I wanted to work first, get an "everyday life" and travel later. So the only thing to do now is to keep on working, and start planning where to go after Melbourne. Where, when and how basically. I'm both so stressed and excited at the same time since there's so incredibly much both to see and to do around here. I mean we've got whole of Australia, New Zealand and Asia? And Fiji? Pffth, ugh...

Some days I feel super stressed about these kind of things and some days I barely even think about it. I just have to remember that everything will be awesome either way, however things eventually turns out. I constantly stress about the fact that I wanna do everything and see everything and if I don't I'm not gonna be happy enough. But then I look at my life now and I think, it's freaking awesome right now?? So if this is it, if this is all I would be doing in Australia for my whole visa I should be more then happy. I should be able to leave Australia and feel satisfied, but that's not gonna be the case. Which I guess is kind of a good thing when you think about it, cause then you're always gonna want more. It's a gift and a curse so to say I suppose. Take care Xx

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After being locked outside of the apartment the whole day (silly me locked my keys in the apartment) me and Matt went to the Queen Victoria Night market in the evening. It was super cozy and fun! Yummy food and great performances, we'll definitely be back another Wednesday. Xx

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Before I went here I remember several people asking me, "Who are you gonna hang out with in Australia?" and "How are you gonna make friends?" Well, it's not as hard as to make friends as a lot of people seems to think that it is. Sooo, first of all:

HOSTEL
That's probably the easiest way to meet people. Trust me, people are gonna talk to you whether you want them to or not. If you stay in a hostel and are open, polite and nice you'll definitely find friends there. Think about how many people who are in the same position as you?? And if you're lucky you might even find a boyfriend in a hostel πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

FACEBOOK
I've seen plenty of posts in facebooks groups saying something like "Hi I'm new in Melbourne, anyone wanna meet up some day to have a coffee/a glas of wine or whatever". That might seems desperate to some people, but no not at all, that's what you do.

WORK
Might be hard to make friends from work depending on what kind of work you do.. As it might be hard to be 100% relaxed and trying to make friends when working, but it's definitely one way to go at least.

FRIENDS OF FRIENDS
When you've actually managed to get yourself some friends and are having some kind of get together or something, tell your friends to invite their friends and you'll meet even more people. Simple as that! This all might seems obvious to a lot of people, me included. Otherwise I wouldn't have gone to Australia by myself. But I know a lot of people are extremely worried about going somewhere by themselves cause they're scared they'll be alone and won't make any friends. YOU WILL BE FINE ALRIGHT?! GO!

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Something that really bothers me is to not have my friends from back home here. Don't misunderstand me, I've got friends here that I really enjoy hanging out with. But it's obviously not the same as hanging out with your very closest ones. And to not have them minutes or in worst case a couple of hours away tops, really sucks.

It takes time to build up those kind of friendships where you can just look at each other and know what the other one is thinking or just to say "remember when..." and both of you starts laughing. All those internal jokes... It's extra hard to build those kind of friendships when you're in a new city and country and working. It's one thing if you're traveling and partying everyday and just do a lot of fun stuff. But when you're working there's not too much time to hang out with other people and create those kind of deep friendships if you know what I mean. You get the point right?

I guess you can't have it all right? Now when I'm in Australia I can't have all of my friends from back home just a couple of minutes away. And when I was in Sweden I was bored, restless and felt that my life was ticking away. Once again, life is awesome. But I do miss my best ones from back home β™₯️

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After working 2-7pm today I had something very fun planned. I went to Toorak with Matt to see Clean Bandit playing. Which btw was sooo freaking good. The opening band was Glade, and they were also very good, never heard of them before though. So, after a lot of double vodka drinks and nice music we went back home. Life is pretty awesome, thats for sure! Xx

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Today it's Australia Day here, we didn't exactly celebrate it which is fine by me. But I did have a really nice day anyway! So after spending our first night in the new apartment we started the morning of with some TV in the sofa, which was really nice. The sofa we had in the previous place was shit and it was so freaking uncomfortable, so this is thousand times better!

Later on it was time for breakfast which consisted of Oatmeal and toast with peanut butter. Yummy! Just recently started eating oatmeal again and I really missed it, it's so good!

Then it was time to just chill for a while, clean a little bit and sort things out in the apartment. Here are two pictures of the lounge/kitchen area. It's soooo much better then our previous apartment, it's crazy. Can't believe how we even got excited about our previous place??? It was so shit!

And I mean look at this view??? I can easily get used to this. Waking up to this every morning is gonna make it sooo much easier to actually leave the bed in the morning.

In the afternoon it was time for me to have a short shift at work, it felt alright though since today was a public holiday =double pay for me yey!!

After work I met up with Matt back in our old apartment to clean out the last of our stuff. Then we went back to our new place and went down to the pool and sauna. Once again, so happy and so grateful for this!!!

After the "spa" we went over to Grilld to pick up dinner for tonight. Burgers, sweet potato fries and dips, and a glas of wine on top of that! So as you can see it wasn't much of a celebration but what else do you need besides a pool, sauna, burgers and wine in the evening?? Xx

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Today I've been working 11-6pm, which has been fun. I like working. I consider myself very lucky. Cause I got a job where I know I'll get payed the right salary that I'm entitled to. It's not payed under the table and it's a serious company.

It's easy to get taken advantage of when you're a foreigner trying to look for a job. I mean, in Sweden we basically know what the minimum wage is, how long shifts we're allowed to work, what kind of conditions etc.
When you come to another country it's harder to know what's okey and what's not okey. And a lot of employees sees that as a great opportunity to take advantage of foreigners coming to Australia looking for work.
The farmwork here is the worst though. I've heard about people getting payed belong minimum wage, not payed at all, being pushed around, yealed at, laughed at, humiliated, ripped of etc. The reason this happen even more at farms is because the farmers knows that in order for us backpackers to get a 2nd year visa we must complete 88 days of farmwork. Which means that a lot of farmers treat their workers how ever they want to cause they know we'll have no choice but to put up with it in order to get our second year visa.
Enough about that, I'm feeling lucky at least to have such a good job. Also feeling a bit extra lucky that we moved into our new place today. Loving life a little extra right now! Xx

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Before I left Sweden I was permanently employed at my previous job. So luckily I could get "unpaid vacation" for 6 months instead of quitting. Which felt really good, and safe. Cause if I didn't like it in Australia I could always come back and still have my job there waiting for me. I've always been 99% sure though that I wouldn't come back. So today was the day I officially quit my old job 100%. I know I'm always welcome back if I'd want to, which feels amazing, even though I'm not planning on coming back. At least not permanently. But whenever I come back to Sweden (for a short visit) I'm definitely gonna try to work a couple of shifts there. I've heard multiple times since I came to Australia that they've never met someone who miss her job as much as I do. My old job was a place where I felt really appreciated, happy and comfortable. Whilst getting payed. That's definitely the reason why I was able to spend too many hours there every month.
But, what is life if it's too comfortable??

With that said, here are some pictures from the last months. None of this would have happened if I would have stayed at home in my comfort zone.

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