So you are teaching in Australia and want to know where to stop in? Have you already checked out China? Vietnam? Other countries?
Don’t forget before you leave – Purchase the Japan Rail pass! You cannot get this once in Japan.
If going for 5 to 7 days, we recommend starting in Tokyo and heading down to Kyoto as well.
Day 1: Tokyo
Fish Market; Meiji-Jingu shrine, shopping for electronics in Akihabara, and that night, heading to Shibuya Crossing for all the lights, busy street corners etc.
Day 2: Road trip to Kyoto
You can stop to see Mt. Fuji but in the winter, you might not have much luck seeing it! Once in Kyoto, head to Nishiki Market; and the Ponto-cho (night market).
Day 3: Kyoto
Go to all the Temples in S.Higashiyama. Also go to the Imperial Palace and the Gion region for the Geisha dancing.
Day 4: Kinosaki
Head to Kinosaki from Kyoto for the Onsens (hot baths!). In this town, they have 5 hot baths in the village that anyone can go to, plus you can get a private hot bath in certain accommodation.
Day 5: Tokyo
Head back to Tokyo. Fit in any more temples, markets, museums, etc. that you can!
|DAY 1-in the morning:|
At Tiananmen Square you should see
1) the portrait of the “great” leader Mao on the wall of “Tiananmen” (which means Tian(sky) An(peace) Gate, the front gate of the Forbidden City);
|2)The monument of people’s heroes in the middle of the square;|
|3) “The Great Hall of People” (the parliament) on the west side of the square;|
|4) The Chinese National Museum on the East side of the square and
5) Chairman Mao’s museum on the south where you can take a look at Mao’s corpse in a crystal coffin.
The museums and the parliament will cost some money but not a lot in terms of AUD or CAD.
|In the Afternoon:|
|Visit the Forbidden City (the Chinese imperial palace) on the same day you visit the Tiananmen Square, simply because they are close to each other and you can experience more “real & ancient” Chinese culture in the Forbidden City.|
|The summer palace was the imperial gardens so in there you can see many ancient Chinese architectures and paintings on walls etc. and it’s a huge place.|
|The Great Wall is about 60km north from the city, it’s in the mountains and pretty cold and windy in winter. We suggest going there with a group of tourists and it will definitely take you one day.|
|Visit the Birds Nest (from the Olympics) and also see the “water cube” right next to it, which is the National Aquatics Center, and from there you can walk to the Olympic Park.|
We have found, if you have the time, it is well worth visiting other countries when you are on your way to teach in Australia from Canada or the UK. You have to fly across anyway, so why not stop?!
But where should you stop?
1) China – Beijing (will be discussed in detailed in our next post)
2) Japan…coming soon
6) Vietnam – See our previous posts
Not only does it break up the long trip to Australia but it’s lots of fun! Return here for more specific details on what to see!
“Beetroot” is not a familiar concept to Canadians. For one thing, we call the purple veggie “beet” full-stop. We tend not to eat our roots–probably because as a “new world country’ we have so few and instead choose to honour them with a clothing company.
With Australia day fast approaching, I thought this would be a good time to discuss how you can become an Australian Citizen.
The Good News:
- If you are a Canadian teacher or UK teacher, you can get Australian citizenship and won’t have to give up your other citizenship.
All it takes is time, paperwork, a bit of money, and some patience.
- You are eligible for Medicare once you become a Permanent Resident (so you will finally benefit from paying all those tax dollars).
The Bad News:
- It will take a minimum of 4 years to get your Australian Citizenship.
- You have to take a Citizenship test (20 multiple choice done on a computer and they give you a book to study ahead of time).
- It will cost you at least a couple of thousands of dollars.
- You must continue to be sponsored by an employer until you are eleigble for Permanent Residency.
- You do need 120 points (and your professional really needs to be in the skilled shortage list in order to get 60 of the 120 points).
Timeline for Most:
- One year on the 417 Working Holiday Visa (you can obtain a 2nd Working Holiday visa so you can stay another year).
- Obtain full-time employment and get sponsorship on the 457 Business Sponsorship visa (this can last up to 4 years but is valid for the length of your contract).
- You can apply for a Skilled Migrant visa but must have the right points and takes a very long time to obtain and costs lots of money.
- After living in Australia for at least 3 years, you can apply for hte Permanent Residency Visa (this then gives you Medicare, but does costs quite a bit of money).
- After you have had your Permanent Residency in Australia for at least one year and have lived in Australia for at least 4 years, you can apply for Australian Citizenship. Within the past 12 months, you can only have left the country for no more than 2.9 months.
- Usually 3-9 months before your pledge (this includes paperwork, wait time, Citizenship test, Ceremony Date).
Good luck! And don’t forget, January 26th is Australia Day!
Have you ever thought about house sitting while travelling or teaching in Australia?
This is a fantastic way to see other parts of Australia, while saving some money! One of our teachers has decided to do this over the summer holidays and it is something you can do all over the world!
Housesitting is where you look after people’s homes while they are away. You need to be responsible and many require assistance with their pets. There are many sites you can find on this and the link below one that has been used by our teachers. It is also used for anywhere around the world. You set a profile up and apply for the houses.
Couchsurfing?! – Yes it does exist!
Couchsurfing allows you to literally sleep on people’s couches for a night or a few nights. You can use this resource anywhere around the world and meet new people along the way. It’s not only meant for a place to stay but for just going out for coffee, or chats. You set a profile up of yourself and apply for where you would like to stay. http://www.couchsurfing.org/
The sun is shining, there are Christmas carols in the distance, and Melbourne becomes more alive than ever at this time of year!
1) Suzuki Night Markets at Queen Victoria Market starts on November 17th, 2010, every Wednesday night until March.
2) St. Kilda Night Market may not run this year due to lack of support fron the council. Please go to: http://www.stkildabeachnightmarket.com.au for more details.
3) Moonlight Cinema in Royal Botanical Gardens. A fantastic way to watch movie under the stars. You can even rent beanbag chairs! Starts Dec 16th.
4) Rooftop Cinema in the City. Starts Dec 1st right in the heart of Melbourne.
Are you spending Christmas in Melbourne?
Well don’t miss the beautifully decorated Crown Casino where they come alive every half an hour in the evenings over December. They also have a Christmas Choir that usually sings two times each night.
Christmas activities are always going on at Federation Square and the Docklands. Also don’t forget the famous Myer’s Christmas Display. Go to What’s on Melbourne for more details.
Oh and did you know there is a special “Jingle Bell’s Aussie Style” Christmas song!
Not sure what else is going on during the year in Melbourne?
See our Calendar of Events in Melbourne, Australia
There is nothing like going to the market to pick up your fresh veggies, fruit, meat, etc. and all of us who are from the Northern Hemisphere, we don’t get to do this for about 4 months of the year.
Melbourne’s markets are open all year long!
Not only are the open all year, but there are markets across the city. Many people go to the touristy and very popular Queen Victoria Market, but have you gone somewhere more convenient to you? White Hat is a great website that gives details, addresses, etc. for all Markets in Melbourne and across Australia.
Stop going to the Grocery Store (Supermarket) in Australia!
As teachers in Australia, we are always looking to save money. Stop shopping at the expensive grocery stores and go to the market. Not only are you buying local produce and supporting small businesses, but it is cheaper! My favourite is Footscray Market. The fish, seafood, and meat are by far the cheapest I have found. Also it is surrounded by Vietnamese stores and restaurants so if you want a good feed, this is the place for you!
But how about Dandenong Market, South Melbourne Market, Prahran, St.Andrew’s etc… The list is never ending so there’s nothing stopping you from getting fresh produce for a fraction of the price.