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- one of my few serious posts ever :-( scroll down to the previous post or click here
....continued from Irish Rover - Part 3 - Part of a series of posts recalling my wandering ways.
I stopped in a small undeveloped town called Mission Beach near the Great Barrier Reef and did the diving / snorkeling thing which was incredible. I ended up staying there for 2 months and worked in a hostel. For 2 hours work a day, I got free dinner and free accommodation in a dormitory. I went white water rafting, abseiling, skydiving, you name it I did it and of course I had the occasional wee tipple as you do.
I continued the journey and visited Darwin, Kakadu, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Adelaide, Melbourne and eventually back to Sydney. The trip took about 6 months in all but I've always regretted not making it to western Australia.
I rejoined the rat race and worked for another 9 months before TWO significant immigration issues had a major impact on my life.
First, a phone call from Australian immigration.
We notice you've over stayed your visa ........
...long story for another day, but short story is I left Oz within 7 days (not a happy camper) but the alternative was a detention centre with Chinese boat people.
Second, a letter arrived from the US embassy.
We are pleased to inform you that your application for a lottery visa to work in the USA has been randomly selected by our computer and if you complete the necessary prerequisites and paperwork you will have the opportunity to enter and work in the United States of America.
Sometimes by a stroke of luck, as one door closes, another opens and so it was in this case.
....to be continued
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