Stranded German traveller Line Schallmayer has spent the final 9 months solely talking to males eager to get into her pants or youngsters 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 satisfy her.
“I feel that I am desperately in need for some girly girlfriends,” Miss Schallmayer advised information.com.au.
“Travelling is sweet and stuff however typically you actually really feel lonely and I miss speaking to somebody who isn‘t a child or a tinder date.”
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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 AU$8000 – greater than all her financial savings, so she was left with no alternative however to remain in Australia.
Now, after 9 months caught in another country, Miss 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) started a couple of weeks ago,” she mentioned.
“Christmas season, so I started missing my family, especially my sister.”
She booked a flight to go house, with ticket costs dropping to only $1000 in September.
Nevertheless, on her manner again right 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.
Miss Schallmayer quickly discovered lodging after scoring a job as an au pair.
She takes care of a three-year-old and a 10-year-old, serving to their single mum run the family.
“The mum is the one grownup individual I‘m talking to,” she said.
Other than Tinder dates, that is.
“With all these Tinder boys, I’m so sick of small speak,” she mentioned.
“I just want a girlfriend to chat to.”
So Miss Schallmayer joined a lot of native Fb teams hoping to battle in opposition to the loneliness for a second time.
“I would love to catch up for a coffee, a day at the beach, nice walks or a movie night to make some friends,” she posted to the Fb group Mid North Coast Gal Friends.
“Feel free to contact me, I would be more than happy!!”
Inside a couple of hours, she obtained an amazing quantity of assist.
Over 50 individuals preferred her submit and an extra 20 supplied to satisfy 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.
Miss Schallmayer feels she’s getting an genuine travelling expertise.
“I didn‘t come to Australia to just meet people from Germany, I came to meet Australians,” she said.
Now the German university student is determined to stay in Australia until her visa runs out in March next year.
She had some words for other stranded backpackers in a similar situation to her.
“It’s regular to really feel lonely each on occasion,” she mentioned.
“Just hard to make good girlfriends in a small town like Port Macquarie.
“Don’t be afraid to reach out.”
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