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It is now or never

Hello, my name is Viktorija. I am 27 years old, and I am from Lithuania. I have been living in Australia for 2 years.

I came to Australia when I was 25. I've met and eventually fell in love with a Turkish guy, whom I met in Lithuania a year before I came here. I moved to Turkey with him and lived in Istanbul for almost a year. I like Turkey and Istanbul very much. I had lots of friends there, and thanks to them, I learned a little bit of Turkish, too, but after a while we broke up and I returned to Lithuania.

After I came home, I started to work again, and suddenly, out of the blue, a friend of mine came up with the idea of going to Australia. I said yes, and a week later we were in Australia.

The guy who took care of our paperwork at the tourism agency told us that Australia is a very beautiful country, and that we could easily find a well-paid job and will be very happy there, but at the beginning, it was far away from the truth.

At first, I struggled very much. I didn't know what to do, I was kinda lost. Eventually, thanks to my travelling experiences, I got myself together. Now, I work as a waitress in order to make my living. Also, I began to design jewelry. I am selling them online. In addition to these, I am taking dance lessons.

Moving to a cosmopolitan country like Australia from a small country like Lithuania improved me and my vision enormously. Istanbul was a very big city too, but it wasn't as cosmopolitan as Australia. If I stayed in my country, I would know only European culture, but in here, living in a multinational and multicultural society gives me happiness and excitement at the same time. 

If I have to express my world-view in one sentence it would be, "It is now or never."

Viktorija Bockute
Sydney, Australia, 9 October 2018

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