So, I’ve spent my first night and day in Sydney. It still feels a bit unreal to be honest. Like it’s not really happening. I guess that will sort itself out when we start to study; at least I will have less time to think about that.
This first day has been, for the lack of a better word for my feeling, rather tedious; it has consisted of me walking around in the hunt for free wifi and accommodation. The first of these objects is easy to find in Sydney, thanks to the abundance of McDonalds, Starbucks and similar chains that show a degree of generosity, as long as you pay them first; the latter object: not as easy. Apparently, there are no available places to stay in Sydney right now, which might be because of the soundwavefestival.com, the Eminem-concert, Mardi Gras, the fact that it is Saturday or some other thing which I’m not aware of. Fact is that there was not a single room available for under 2500 SEK, which I felt was a bit rich. After pondering the possibility of me sleeping on the streets, I set to work to ask people who I knew in the area. The situation gradually began to improve: Nils suggested that I go to Blue Mountains a bit outside of Sidney. Much more attractive compared to occupying a bench at some railway-station. But then, Robin Evaldsson, another student from Chalmers that are beginning the exchange now, offered a bed at their newly acquired house. I am extremely grateful for the hospitality and I hope to be able to repay the favour some time.
On a happier note: I went down to the harbour today as well (during my hunt for housing), and I took a break and read a book on my kindle, with a view of the Sydney Opera House in the background. Fairly soothing among all other stress factors of the day, if I may say so myself.