Unable to return house to Germany, Line Schallmayer determined to take advantage of her state of affairs in Australia. Picture / Provided
Stranded German traveller Line Schallmayer has spent the final 9 months solely chatting with males on dates or kids beneath the age of 10.
She’s sick of it.
So the 20-year-old backpacker, now working as an au pair in Port Macquarie, took issues into her personal arms by begging for some “girlfriends” on a neighborhood Fb web page.
From Frankfurt, Germany, Schallmayer was overwhelmed by the response, with greater than two dozen Australians wanting to fulfill her.
“I really feel that I’m desperately in want for some girly girlfriends,” Schallmayer instructed information.com.au.
“Travelling is good and stuff however generally you actually really feel lonely and I miss speaking to somebody who is not a toddler or a Tinder date.”
The College of Heidelberg pupil arrived in Brisbane, Queensland, in late March, simply two weeks earlier than Australia’s nationwide lockdown.
A ticket again to Germany value her A$8000 ($8400) – greater than all her financial savings, so she was left with no selection however to remain in Australia.
Now, after 9 months caught out of the country, Schallmayer is feeling the sting of loneliness.
She says she’s not the one traveller feeling this fashion.
She briefly travelled after lockdown restrictions eased, driving alongside the east coast with 4 different stranded backpackers. One was from China, one from Slovakia and the ultimate lady was from Germany, like her.
However they’ve all since gone house, caving into the pressures of homesickness exacerbated by Covid-19.
“It (the loneliness) began a few weeks in the past,” she mentioned.
“Christmas season, so I began lacking my household, particularly my sister.”
She booked a flight to go house, with ticket costs dropping to only $1000 in September.
Nevertheless, on her means again all the way down to Sydney, she handed by means of the mid north coast city of Port Macquarie, and mentioned she “fell in love with it”. She cancelled her ticket and determined to check out the beachside city for a couple of weeks.
Schallmayer quickly discovered lodging after scoring a job as an au pair.
She takes care of a 3-year-old and a 10-year-old, serving to their single mum run the family.
“The mum is the one grownup individual I am speaking to,” she mentioned.
Aside from Tinder dates, that’s.
“With all these Tinder boys, I am so sick of small speak,” she mentioned.
“I simply desire a girlfriend to speak to.”
So Schallmayer joined plenty of native Fb teams hoping to combat towards the loneliness for a second time.
“I might like to catch up for a espresso, a day on the seaside, good walks or a film night time to make some pals,” she posted to the Fb group Mid North Coast Gal Friends.
“Be at liberty to contact me, I might be more than pleased!!”
Inside a couple of hours, she obtained an awesome quantity of assist.
Greater than 50 individuals favored her submit and an extra 20 provided to fulfill up.
Schallmayer has since had a espresso with certainly one of them and has one other espresso date lined up with one other native tomorrow.
Schallmayer feels she’s getting an genuine travelling expertise.
“I did not come to Australia to only meet individuals from Germany, I got here to fulfill Australians,” she mentioned.
Now the German college pupil is set to remain in Australia till her visa runs out in March subsequent 12 months.
She had some phrases for different stranded backpackers in an analogous state of affairs to her.
“It is regular to really feel lonely each once in a while,” she mentioned.
“Simply arduous to make good girlfriends in a small city like Port Macquarie.
“Do not be afraid to succeed in out.”