I have spent a fair bit of my Australia time working on farms (6 months so far) and during this time I have gained some awesome and not so awesome experiences. Nevertheless, my career as a farm worker may have taught me a thing or two about life in rural Australia – here are 7 things I learned when doing my farm work!
1. You can hate plants
After spending 8 hours a day 5 days a week pulling weeds out from the ground I seriously started to hate those evil plants. And the worst thing was that just when I thought I got rid of them, on the next day they had come back! So I had to start all over again… Not the best time of my life have to say.
2. You will get used to it
After first day of doing farm work (weeding as explained above) every muscle in my body was aching and I was pretty sure I’m going to die. People said it will get easier but that was quite hard to believe when even getting out of bed was a struggle. To my big surprise after few days it did get a lot easier. Well, physically at least.
3. Australian sun is brutal
Note to self: always wear thick layer of sunscreen and a big hat when going to the field. Aside getting unflattering tan lines for wearing t-shirt and shorts I have managed to get sunburnt even though my shirt!
4. You are never alone
In addition to your co-workers there is a whole abundance of other creatures you are sharing the field with. If you are arachnophobic, brace yourself…
5. Everything is trying to kill you
Everyone knows Australia is home to many venomous and dangerous animals, but why nobody warned me about ants! Spiders and snakes I have seen just run away from you but those small sneaky bastards come out of the blue and attack you on purpose. And their bite hurts like hell!
I’m also pretty sure there is something wrong with the flies in Australia. Those nerve-racking creatures have weird habit trying to get into your eyes, ears and mouth driving you crazy. Investing to a fly net have been the best 7$ spent ever.
6. Farm life can be fun
Well, this depends quite a lot about the farm where you are working. I have been working on good and bad farms (more info from this post) and for me the time spend on the good farms have been the greatest time I’ve had in Australia. I met so many cool people and had so much fun that I actually decided to come back to one farm I worked last year.
7. Goon is actually drinkable if you make sangria of it
Do I need to say more.
Have you done any farm work in Australia? Please share your experiences in the comments 🙂
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