We arrived in Adelaide at the start of June and it was none stop rain. We were met at the airport by a couple called Dennis and Reanie who were our meet and greet. As it turned out they were also our next door neighbours and a fantastic couple they took us shopping and also Dennis took us up to get a rental car. When we got to our rental in Christie Downs we where a little worried by what people had told us about the area but although it was freezing and a little run down we never came across any trouble at all. The only trouble we had was getting in our rental when we lost our key ($120 cost to a smiling locksmith).
We did a lot in our first couple of weeks and although it is good to get everything out of the way quickly i think we done too much and it was a little stressful. We had trouble finding a rental and looking back it must have been tough on our two lads 12 and 7. We eventually settled on Aldinga because it was actually easy getting a rental their. We are now glad we did as it is fantastic especially on the beach! There are lots of land projects about and we have bought a nice block on the Sunday estate.
I have been lucky with my trade and i had two interviews on arrival and was offered two jobs i took one and have been there for 3 weeks but have just landed a new job which looks perfect.
We have all settled in really well the kids are at the two main soccer teams in the area and are loving life. Today we even went fishing down at port noarlunga our first time and i think we are now hooked (sorry).
The only area we where a little disappointed with was the secondary schools but to be honest they are on a par with the schools in the uk i guess. Our two are still in primary school and Willunga primary school is fantastic the whole aspect of the school from teaching to facilities are very good.
I must say though before we got over here we heard things about shopping and cost of living etc... that were negative but in our opinion way off the mark we are actually sorry we shipped over a lot of our stuff because the choices here are brilliant. If anyone tries to tell you you can't shop here for furniture etc... wait and see when you get here.
And then their are the Australian people i kept hearing all this how nice and friendly they are well every word is true. They could not be more helpful. Like today we where fishing and struggling a bit a guy comes over and teaches us how to cast and even gave us hooks n stuff (still the only thing we cought was a cold).
Good luck to all of you and make sure you stay positive in those first few weeks.
Lee (sorry the post goes on a little)