It was hard to believe that I had actually made it to this point. After almost two months of backpacking through Hawaii and Indonesia I had finally arrived in Australia (aka my launching point to backpack the world).
Last year when I had backpacked through Brisbane and Cairns, on the flight in between the two cities I made quick friends with an Australian named Tim and for almost 11 months we had kept in contact...and waiting for me at the Brisbane airport was he and his new girlfriend to pick me up and take me to his home almost an hour south in a town called Gold Coast, Australia.
He had promised me in January of 2012 that if I ever decided to come back to Australia for a more long-term visit, he would happily house me for free for as long as I needed to get situated and on my feet. I was more than thankful to accept his offer and was crazy excited to be there my first night.
He had an awesome little mattress/bed set up in one of the extra rooms...and perfectly fit me and all my travel stuff :]
The next day he took time off work to show me the popular areas of Gold Coast, get me an Australian cell phone, start hunting for possible jobs...and to let me see the famous Surfer's Paradise Beach.