In my previous blog I took you with me on a day of working in an orange shed. Unfortunately there has been a lot of rain lately, so not many oranges to be sorted. The bright side of this is that it gives me all the time in the world to blog 🙂 In this blog I’ll tell you where I am currently living.
We live about 20 kilometers outside of the town Griffith, in southern New South Wales. Everywhere you go you’re surrounded by orange trees and vineyards. About 22 kilometers west there’s a National Park (Cocaparrra), and the nearest ‘bigger’ town, Wagga Wagga, is located about 2 hours away. Griffith is located 6 hours west of Sydney, and about 5,5 hours north of Melbourne which equals about the same distance as from Amsterdam to Paris.
Never before in my life have I lived in such a remote area! From Amsterdam old-west, where you find a shop and and a cafe at every corner, to the middle of nowhere where you have to jump in the car and drive for 20 minutes in order to find signs of human life. It sure is different, but I kinda like it 🙂
The house, or hostel, or farmhouse, or whatever you like to call it is surrounded by greenery, cats and horses. We are currently living here with about 16 people. The rooms consist of two bunk beds but are often shared by not more than two or three people. There are also a few double rooms in the house, one of which is our little home while completing our 88 days. There’s a big communal area with a bar, a pooltable and a ping pong (beerpong) table. The kitchen is fairly spacious and well equipped, and in the living room you’ll find plenty of cosy sofas and a TV. Only downside to this house is that there is no WiFi and phone reception is often limited. Quite the challenge for me as a travel blogger, but so far I’m coping fine 😉 I do miss Netflix though….
My absolute favorite thing about this place is the sunsets I get treated to every day. Sometimes the skies turn pink and purple, other nights they turn fiery orange. And if you’re lucky, on a bright night you might see the starry Milky Way.
The people we are living and working with are of all ages and origins. The youngest people in the house are 19 years old, and the oldest are, very surprising, 30. Most of the people are over 25, which I really like. Don’t get me wrong, I get along with all ages, but living in a hostel with only 20 year old drinking, partying people for three months would be something I wouldn’t survive 😉
The majority of the people in the house come from the United Kingdom. We also live with a few Italians, three Frenchies, a bunch of Australian cats, two Swedes and then there’s me, the only Dutchie in the house (Nederlanders waar zijn jullie?!?).
Tomorrow we’re going to the induction day for a new job, working in Grain Harvest. Depending on the weather it could take a couple of weeks before the season gets started, but since I have been at home without work for the fourth day in a row now, I really hope the grain season will start sooner so I can get back to counting down those 88 days.