I remember all those years ago when I was kicked out of school and I really didn’t know what to do, talking to my family and realising that I had family in Australia, ever since that moment I made it my life’s mission to travel there and try and build a life in the sun. I didn’t really know what I would do or where in the country I would go, I just knew that one day I wanted to be good enough to be able to make it happen. Ten years later here I am! I made it happen and I cannot tell you how surreal and amazing it feels. I have been so focused through the years to make this happen and through all the mishaps I have actually made it!
The Apprentice-Ship has landed in Brisbane, Australia!
I am now nearly two weeks into life on the other side of the world now and as you can imagine it took some getting used to and still is. The flight over was a mission and a half! 24 hours from Manchester to Brisbane with Emirates. It wasn’t all that bad if I am honest we were fed and watered and had films to watch etc the main issue was sleep, I cannot sleep in these situations so I maybe dozed off for an hour here and there but in the most part stayed awake and possible went a little delirious at parts. I remember at around 20 hours into the journey listening to music, staring out the window, looking at clouds and trying to figure out who or what they looked like..
Once we arrived in Brisbane we were greeted by my sister and her other half and just taken straight to bed, I don’t think I have ever slept so well! The first few days were very strange still tired all the time and not really knowing what time it was, that said we were up and out and taking a river tour around Brisbane.
My initial thoughts were, what a beautiful city and that still remains, there is such a strange mix of architecture! Walking around the city you can see a scattering of modern high rise buildings with a quaint little church snugly sat in between them and this theme continues through the city.
I am very lucky to be able to come here and not worry about accommodation. Australia if you haven’t heard, is a little expensive. I know there is a exchange rate and that needs to be taking into consideration but you really can’t get a good meal for one with anything less than $25 dollars/ £17 and it is not just the food, it is everything so that is taking some adapting and we’re having to watch the spending more than we first thought but such is life. There is plenty you can do here for free, I don’t think I have walked so much in years! There is beautiful places like Kangaroo Point which is used by rock climbers that is beautiful to walk through as it is by the river and the botanic gardens in the city are just lovely.
There is one piece of engineering which has really inspired me since I have been here – Story Bridge. It is HUGE! It really is an engineering masterpiece that sits right in the city looking over the city, you can pay to walk over the top of it which I am on a mission to do whilst I am here it doesn’t half look fun!
The other thing that becomes quickly noticeable is that the laws in this country are so seriously stuck to. No drinking is allowed in the parks, on the city beach (a little man made beach by the river that has a swimming pool) or anywhere green. Australia has these
I will take a punt and say – not a chance. There is such a gulf in attitudes between the countries and I am already learning towards to Australian way of life in under two weeks. The streets are cleaner the people are friendlier and always willing to help and the sun does help that little bit extra.
The weekend came and we all jumped in the car and headed up the Gold Coast. If you have researched about Australia and the surfing you will have come across a mention of the Gold Coast and particularly ‘Surfers Paradise’ as it is on the most highly mentioned beaches/tourist attractions. It is a lovely place! There are lots of beeches on the Gold Coast to pick from but as we’re tourists it would be rude not to. On arrival at Surfers It was around 30c and I was in the sea, finally! The only thing that kept me from a possible break down on the mammoth plane over here was thought of sitting in the sea, looking out and finally feeling I had made it, I did just that and gosh it felt good!
Now nearly two weeks in now and the thought about work is starting to creep in, myself and Emily (my other half) spent time this week updating our C.V’s, registered on jobs sites and began to apply for work, I am REALLY hoping I can continue within the Heritage sector over here, I have seen some companies that do this kind of work and have emailed them directly so hopefully I will hear something from them in the coming days. I know this won’t be easy as this sector is difficult to break into, it is only a fraction of the size it is back in the U.K but as you know I am very driven so I will push and push for it. On the other hand I am more than capable to go back on site and lay, lay and lay to bring the cash home before I get the chance to prove myself and I am happy to do that.
So my friends I am now sat in the flat in Brisbane typing this really looking forward to what the future holds. I know it is not going to be an easy road, it is not even summer here yet and we’re touching on 30c nearly every day so it is only going to get hotter, it is a challenge I am looking forward to and I truly believe it will benefit me and my work in the long run. If I manage to crack the heritage sector or not I am more than happy to be here and I will work my bum off to achieve what I want to achieve – my next life mission.
In other news – I had a great/disappointing email this week an email that seems to hold the same theme that has kinda of blighted my trip here to Australia this year. It was from the P.R company that are working for the UK Construction Worker Of The Year awards. I made the final! I had once again beaten thousands of tradesman up and down the country to be named! I can’t believe how much recognition have gained this year, my name has been all over and I am so honoured to be thought of in this way! Although as I am sure you can now guess I have had to pull out due to me being here. I am very disappointed I am not going to lie, I totally understand that I can’t continue to compete because they needed to film me at work for the presentation and I needed to attend the awards presentation itself so it really wasn’t an option but yeah..this has happened again! I know this is just a shot in the dark but I really do think that if I would of stayed in the U.K I would have had a greater chance of winning the Tradesman Of The Year award aswell as this one and I have a feeling that my other recent nomination for Young Builder Of The Year will follow in the same suit as I have not heard anything about this for around a month now. What if I had stayed in the U.K for another few months? Would I have left with three awards under my belt? Possibly, possibly not. I am not sure and no one can say but yeah it is a little hard to take all the same.
That said – everything happens for a reason. I will not dwell on this, there is nothing I can do now. I am going to keep my chin up and make this year one I will never forget. Onwards with The Apprentice-Ship!
P.S The ApprenticeShip has been shortlisted for an award! Very special news for me it is the first time my writing has been recognised by an award so please if you have a min head HERE and vote for me. Not that you have to but if you don’t…