Flashback post from 16.6.2015 I accidentally found today and decided to share with you.
We see those 5-10 bits of life advice on how to figure out the world and be inevitably happy & healthy popping out everywhere… and once you’ve read it all, you still find yourself wondering: “What is it I truly want and should be doing to be happy?” At least I do. Or did. And that’s where my story of the amazing Sharkenenigens begins.
Hi, I’m a shark, well that’s how most people call me now.
I come from a beautiful charismatic city of Prague. Now I live in Perth, on the other side of this planet. Down under as we call it.
Today I spent the evening drinking Czech wine in a dodgy part of Prague Liben, where my mom spent most of her life. She has also been working in the same hospital for the entire life. Imagine that! (Please let me know how it feels because I can’t.) She had brain surgery scheduled so I jumped on the plane and flew in. You gotta do what you gotta do.
It all went well, Czech doctors can do wonders for the little coin they get paid.
What brought me to Australia, you ask?
Before we start, I must warn you, this is a long story as it wasn’t exactly a walk through a beautiful garden snowed under with rose petals. Go grab a tea or a coffee and maybe something to snack on too ;). (You may want to skip my early stage journey and jump to How I became an Australian citizen post (coming soon).)
Now let’s start the journey of one determined Czech girl becoming an Australian shark. (If you want to know why friends call me a shark, check out my Intro Prezi.)
People now often ask me what made me come to Australia. Well, it all started in New Zealand in November 2008. Back in Prague, on a typical Czech rainy afternoon, I got fed up with a corporate world and decided to quit my job in order to learn some English and do a bit of travel. Since New Zealand has stunning nature and even more astonishing agreement about Working Holiday visa, I packed my backpack and set out for the adventure. I was scared. Never have I traveled that far, my English abilities weren’t that great back then.
I stayed 6 months instead of planned 3 and flew back home the last day of my flight ticket expiry. It was amazing. It has changed me. (I used to write a blog for every day of my 6 months travels and beyond, unfortunately, unless you can read crazy Czech language you won’t enjoy it as much.)
The travel bug has stuck its teeth into my skin. I discovered a whole new world of information and freedom that comes with it. I realized I can not go back to living in a tiny country not having seen the world, meeting all the extra-ordinary people out there and learning English to be able to harvest all those information available on the www and beyond.
I made a decision to go back to Prague only to make some more money, sort out my apartment, and move some place elsewhere.
Nevertheless, luck has fallen on my side and I got a job in the best agency on the market. I loved it so much that I stayed 8 months instead of planned 3. I ended up forcing myself into what had to be done – quitting my awesome job in order to chase my dream. I knew if I had stayed just a bit longer, I would have never left. 5 years later I still cherish many friendships acquired at Symbio and sweet memories of my down-to-earth clients.
After a few months of research and visa investigation, I made a tough yet clear decision to move to Australia. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but with some hard work and determination, everything is possible, right!? But not so fast…
I got myself a year-long student visa and paid a whopping amount for several English courses (General, IELTS, CAE = 97 838 CZK, back in 2008 5 417,- AUD which doesn’t sound so crazy, but in CZK it kinda is.)
I arrived in Sydney on 24.3.2010 and that’s where my long and troublesome journey of becoming a dual citizen begins…