Beach days and Aussie-isms

I don’t even know where to start this post. I feel like I haven’t written in so long and I’ve felt slightly guilty about it but at the same time I think it was needed. I’ve been going through a big change personally and I think I needed space away from having to think of content and good pictures and just live in the moments. I’ll explain a bit more what’s been going on when I feel ready.

Life in Australia so far has been amazing! Every time I’m wandering about the streets somewhere I just feel so happy and still can’t quite grasp that I made it all the way over here.

I’ve been trying my best to make it down to the beach a couple of times a week. I just love watching the waves and walking along the sand listening to music or a podcast to clear my mind. It is breathtakingly stunning. The other day I had been indoors all day and towards the evening I felt I had to get outside for a walk before it got too dark. I wandered down to the beach just before sunset and saw one of the most beautiful ones I’d ever seen. It was so beautiful that I got tears in my eyes because this was my vision. The image I had in my head for so long and now I was there and it was even more magical than I could’ve ever imagined. I stood there for ages taking it all in. It was a bit windy and cold but I really didn’t mind at all.

What else have I been up to? Going to the gym loads! From hanging out with all the Aussies there I’ve even learnt some new Aussie sayings like “arvo” (afternoon), “Saturday week” (I was so confused when they said this to me for the trivia night and it means a week on Saturday) and then of course everyone says “how are you going?” instead of how are you doing. That one I had already come across from watching My Kitchen Rules for a couple of seasons hehe.

Other than that I went to my new gym’s trivia night on Saturday and wow, it was one of the best events I’ve been to. They had completely transformed the place. There were four tv screens up to show clues for the questions, hired tables, a catering kitchen and a proper sound system. I did not realise how serious this was going to be and it was so much fun. The team I was on came dead last but we had so much fun.

You guys are going to be in shock now probably but I was drinking wine, yup, I haven’t had any alcohol since August but that evening I had a taste for it so I thought I’d just bring a bottle along because life is too short and if you want something you should just have it. I had quite a fair amount of wine hehe but had a great time and then went out as well, which I haven’t done either in forever. I think I got back around half three in the morning! I was not expecting that but it was a good time. Not something I’d do all the time but I really enjoyed myself. As everyone keeps on saying and overusing, it’s all about balance. I was not the most productive person the next day but we all have days like that once in a while and that’s okay! It’s life.

The only thing I will always say with alcohol is drink because you want to not because it’s the easier option because everyone else is drinking and will question you for not doing so. It is not worth it. Make choices that make you happy and stand up for yourself, the same way you would stand up for a friend. Don’t let others push you into doing things to your body that you don’t want to.

I’ve also decided to start looking into getting my farm work done so I can later on apply for my second year visa because I want to stay here for as long as I can! If I could stay forever I would but that’s not the easiest when it comes to Australia so two years is a good start. The one thing I’ll struggle the most with during my 88 days of farm work is not going to the gym haha. I love going there and it’s my happy place, it’s where I have my friends and the place I love to hang out. Just as some people hang out at bars or restaurants, we hang out at the gym. As weird as that may sound to some… I have no idea what to expect of this experience but I’ve heard some horror stories about farm work in Australia so all I’m hoping is that the place I end up at has some nice people and the work is okay.

After the farm work is done I feel like I can come back to Melbourne to get a flat and then finally get a job and make this more into my base because I love it. I think from living Bayside for a while now I’d like to live just a little bit outside of the city and not in centre.

Time to get ready for the gyyyyym! Curious to see what we get up to today. Then I need to finish off my CV for my farm work and go in and sort out Medicare. I tried to do it the other day but the wait was an hour long and I didn’t really have time for that so take two today. We’ll see how it goes!


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Madeleine Moves is a blog celebrating a love of exercise, food, travelling and life. I love being active, exercising and being out and about. With my blog I hope to spread this joy and inspire you to be your best. Who am I? I’m Madeleine (surprise). I’m a Swede who lives in the vibrant city of Glasgow in Scotland. I moved here for my university studies and in summer 2016 I graduated with a degree in Business and Management at University of Glasgow. My keyword has always been balance. I love eating healthy food but I also love to indulge once in a while. You need to enjoy life at the end of the day and limiting yourself is not the way to go. With this I would like to say welcome to Madeleine Moves. Love, Madeleine

3 thoughts on “Beach days and Aussie-isms

  1. What type of farm work are you looking to do? I had a great experience on an apple farm and am currently in Melbourne working but will return to that farm in a months time as I really enjoyed it. Glad you are enjoying Australia! P.S. Know your pain for in terms of Medicare queues! Just recently renewed mine as our second year visa started.


    1. Hi Rebekah! Thank you so much for your comment😊 anything really! I just want to get started with it soon so this sounds really interesting! I’d love to hear more. Is it in Victoria? If you enjoyed it then I’m super interested! Maybe best to email me if you could:

      Haha they’re the worst aren’t they? Glad that’s sorted now 🙈 Exciting you got your second year visa sorted!! Congrats 😃

      Looking forward to hearing from you! Maddie

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  2. Will email you some more details later as I am in work at the moment, but it was in Queensland. Look up the area of Stanthorpe; it is a well known farming area. Beck


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