Iñigo Mendia, de San Sebastián a Perth

Iñigo Mendia, from Spain to Perth

Iñigo decided to travel to Australia for several reasons: the alternative to work and study at the same time, the high wages, the quality of life and the 300 days of sun Perth has per year.

Mendia as Aussies call him, works for the Australian Navy as kitchen hand and sometimes waiter. He loves Perth, his relaxed life and the weekend road trips he often takes.

1. Give us a little intro about yourself (name, age, city…)

My name is Iñigo, Mendia in Australia because my name is impossible to say in English. I am 28 years old and I was born in San Sebastian, Spain. I came to Perth to study English and to live for the first time with my Italian girlfriend.

2. How long have you been in Australia?

7 months…time flies…

3. Why Australia? How did you end up so far away from home?

The option of studying and working at same time was only available in the UK and down under and from what I knew about the quality of life and the Australian wages I had no doubts. In addition the 300 hundred days of sun Perth has per year helped to balance the scale.

4. Where do you live and what is your favourite thing about the city?

I live in Perth. What I like most about this city are its beaches: long, empty and with amazing water that you can’t even find in the Caribbean Sea. The centre of the city is not amazing but if you go to the surroundings you will find very curious places.

5. What did you think of the process of travelling to Australia from Spain before you arrived? Has your opinion changed since you landed here?

Everyone kept saying that coming to Australia was very complicated but at the end it has been very easy with the support and help of my AUssieYouTOO mates and Carla (Thanks for replying to my endless emails filled with questions).

6. A classic question: do you work, study or both?

Right now I am working for the Australian Navy as kitchen hand and sometimes as a waiter. What I love about Perth is that although I don’t have a high level of English I can find a lot of opportunities to work. The first to job interviews I went to, I got hired and this is without even fully understanding what they were saying to me.


7. Do you miss something from your hometown?

Well yes, I miss my friends and my family and off course the cheap beer.

8. How was your experience with the AUssieYouTOO COOLaborator?

It was Loli. She explained to me many important things on arrival. Thanks to her I bought my first surfboard. She taught me where to buy Spanish hams and introduced me to the city. The truth is she was amazing.

9. Would you live in another city in Australia?

I would love to go to Sydney, Byron Bay and Melbourne but every time I meet someone who comes from those cities they say that not many jobs are available…compared to Perth.

10. Something you dislike about Australia?

The crows, they do an awful sound but I am getting used to it by now. And is getting hot so flies are starting to appear everywhere.

11. Do you have Aussie friends? What is your opinion of the ones you know?

I have had contact with them but I don’t have many Australian friends. To differentiate them from anyone else you just have to look at their feet and if they are wearing flip flops or no shoes at all you will know they are Aussies.

12. How would you describe your life here?

Relaxed. Beach days during the winter, very little hours of work with good pays, renting a van to get away…


13. Have you travelled across the country? Can you recommend to us a place that you really liked?

Not long ago we went to Margaret River, three hours away from Perth. The best beaches I have ever seen and that I will probably see in my entire life. Huge waves as well.

14. Bus, car, train, bicycle or walking?

We just bought a car, but before train and bus.

15. Have you tried any new sports such as surfing?

I have been practicing surf from the first month I arrived to Australia. Now I live ten minutes walking away from the beach so I would like to learn to do Kite Surf that is very popular in Perth.


16. When we arrive we all feel a little bit scared as if we were moving to the middle of the jungle…have you seen any exotic animals?

Kangaroos, koalas, quokkas, and the other day we saw a black lizard with a serpent tongue.

17. What would your advice be for people that just landed in Australia?

That even though you don’t find the job of your dreams you will on for sure and earn a lot of money.


18. Imagine that your best friend wants to move to Australia…what would you say?

To make the decision to come to Australia because he will no regret it and that yesterday was already too late.

And when he arrives I would say what the driver of the bus that took me from the airport to the city on my first day said to me: Welcome to paradise!

19. Would you change any of the things that brought you here?


20. If you had an immigration agent in front of you what would you say?

Why can’t I bring a bag full of Spanish hams?

21. Being 1 the minimum and 10 the maximum score the following:

Your level of English when you arrived: 5
Your level of English now: 7.5
The city you chose: 8
The people in your city: 8
The lifestyle: 8
Your level of happiness: 9
Your level of stress: 3

 22. Write whatever you want:

Everyone complains about how expensive Australia is. However, in my opinion, if you work here and earn in AUD is actually cheap. The most expensive expense is rent but with 6 hours of work I pay a week of rent.

I would also like to say that although it seems impossible, working without dominating the language is actually possible.

And last but not least I want to say that I am writing a Blog in Spanish in case you want to know more stories about prices, work or just random things…


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