My Australian Experience Begins

Australian Experience Begins

Matt Jaggi

Alliance Abroad Work Experience Australia participant Matt Jaggi has left his home in Salt Lake City, Utah and has flown down under. His Australian Experience Begins. He will be checking in with us on a regular basis to share his experiences of living and working in Australia. We are all excited for him! Here is the beginning of his journey.


I FINALLY arrived in Sydney after a long, long 14 hour flight. I have to say though, the plane from LA to Sydney was rather luxurious. I felt like I was high class because of the dinner served. I was given several options. Chicken curry with beans and quinoa was my choice. Then the flight attendant kept swinging by and saying “Are you sure you don’t want some tea? Maybe a bit of Australian coffee? No? Just watah? Alright dear.”

Sleeping on the plane was awful though. At about 3 am a light flicked on behind me and an elderly man shouted for a stewardess. He had somehow shoved the rubber piece of the headphone is his ear, couldn’t get it out and was hollering that his ear was hurting. And of course there were no tweezers in the first aid kit on the plane. That was lovely to listen to as they finally extracted the piece from his ear without tweezers.

The hostel I am staying in is a little on the interesting side… I rode a squishy and cramped shuttle car to Woolloomooloo and was a little nervous for the first few minutes when they were driving down the opposite side of the road. I felt like they were gonna crash! I was then deposited at the Woodducker Backpackers Hostel and stumbled into the lobby with more luggage than I could safely carry at one time. After getting my room key I stepped inside a room much smaller than my bedroom in SLC. There were 6 bunk-beds crammed together and everyone was just beginning to wake up. I gulped and stepped inside.

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I felt like the shiny new toy because everyone was soon really keen to talk to me and see where I was traveling from. I was the only American staying there (most of the group are all in their 20’s and from Germany) and everyone was really impressed when they found out I already had a job. Apparently they are all job-hunting and 2 or 3 of them have lived in the hostel several weeks now. One girl was even kind enough to move a dirty shirt off my pillow, showing me which bed would be mine for the next 4 days.

And now the house-hunting starts. Well, this should be an adventure!!!

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