For the past three weeks, I went back to Australia to start my new boarding school. Before I left I was super excited about the whole idea of meeting new people, the change of weather and being close to my family relatives. It was also my first time flying alone! I was super nervous, but I was also very glad to have a responsibility. I really enjoyed checking through customs and sitting in the business class lounge, and getting a massage. I was super lucky to get a business class ticket on the Etihad A380, so I endured a cosy, relaxed, 14-hour flight. As I was vlogging my whole experience, Etihad was kind enough to let me take some footage of the Residence suite on board! (vlog on YouTube channel) I felt like royalty, and when the plane landed I didn’t really want to get off. I then proceeded to use the E- Gate which was super fast! Passport in, passport out. It’s amazing how technology has progressed in the past 10 years.
I then arrived at my Uncles house and surprisingly I wasn’t jetlagged even though Australia was 7 hours ahead! I woke up the next day ready to endure the two and a half hour car ride to the boarding school. When we arrived the nerves started to kick in. Being new is always very hard, especially when you’re around people who have been together for a long time. I was glad to have my mum and sister there to help me settle in. The next day was school and I wanted to go in having a positive attitude. As I was new I had a buddy to show me around to get the hang of things, such as class timetables, showing the school campus etc. Although my first day was pretty rough, from then on I pushed on from that and became more social and more myself.
One of the main aspects of Australia that really stood out was how much healthy alternatives they had for me as a diabetic. Nearly every restaurant I went to showed how many calories and carbs were in my meal! If you are diabetic this is a life changer. They also have many health food stores and products which are great when you want to find healthy alternatives to the food you love. If you ever want to go to Australia make sure you try all the great foods!
After the end of these three weeks, I ended up with a ton of friends and a ton of experience as well. I now can’t wait to go back next year to see what else Australia has to offer. Sometimes you just have to get through the first day.