What a brilliant post, we fly out Jan 28th 2010, definatly can't wait now
Mark, Tania n Emily
This has been the best post I have read in a long time, thank you thank you. As someone just starting the process & being told by DIAC that 2012 is the date, your post has given me the insperation to hang in there. Way to go!!
I reckon this is one of the most thanked posts ever !
Hi Sharon, Ben and Jamie,
We are chuffed to bits that you have settled in so quickly and are enjoying your time over there. Where have you bought your new home, have you left a lot of family behind?
We are hopefully arriving in January so we are realy excited at the moment and cant wait.
One thing we keep reading which is a bit of a worry is there seams to be a lot of crime, we know this is a worldwide problem but just worry it is more prominent in Adelaide, from the experience you have had so far what woud be your thoughts.
Thanks Marcus, Nina and abi.
Originally Posted by ninamorley
We have left family behind, but both of us have siblings on this side of the world, so we'll always be away from someone we love. We're lucky enough to have very independant, forward thinking parents on both sides - they really encouraged us to go for it. It was hard taking their grandson away from them, but we have Skype and we know they'll visit. They're made up that things are so much better for us and him out here.
We've bought in Hallett Cove, which in our opinion is just about the most attractive suburb we've seen (others will have their own opinions; the only one to trust is your own!). We spent two weeks out here on a reccie trip last year which we spent doing nothing but driving around and looking at places and this was one of the suburbs we liked best. We got lucky with the house - practically got a private viewing, so we picked it up before anyone else could. It's on a beautiful, well-looked after street. Needs some work, which has already begun, and it's a project we're relishing at the moment!
Crime is around, but at nowhere near the level of the UK, or at least not around here - it seems to be more prevalent around the city, judging from the radio reports. Armed robbery seems to be a favourite and inter-gang shootings, but lower level crimes and random violence seem less common, and the knife / youth culture is thankfully not even close to what we were used to in the UK. I personally still wouldn't stroll the streets at night alone, but I think that's symptomatic of the world we live in these days - my husband has no such qualms, and since he was attacked in the UK, obviously feels much safer here.
January will roll round for you so quickly now - try and make the most of the next couple of months, and then you'll be arriving to high summer. I'm told it gets very very hot! Mind you - 33 degrees and rising here this week. :)
This is a fantastic place and brilliant for kids - we absolutely love it.
Keep us posted on the move - all the best!
Thanks very much for the quick reply, has Jamie got you up early, im going to post this then its bedtime, its past 11pm over here and getting colder by the day,ive noticed the weather is picking up over there, im jealous.
Nina and I both have the same kind of support from our famalies and the biggest upset for us is taking our daughter Abi (aged 8) away from our parents, especially mine and my Grandma because they all love her so much and spend so much time with her, but the reason why I suppose most of us are doing this is for our kids and there futures and its the same for us they will visit and so will we. Thanks for the reply on the crime, Adelaide news tends to point at most of the crime being centred towards the CBD, its just that we went to Perth earlier in the year and we felt very safe and didnt here about much trouble but I suppose its the same everywhere.
We are coming over on a temp visa as Nina has had a job offer with the A+E department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and it looks like we will be coming in the first week of Jan, so fingers crossed. I am a Plasterer, Tiler, Plumber etc but I am finishing for good in December as I am going to do something totally different when I get settled in OZ (looking forward to doing my own home when we get sorted though).
Is Ben working, what does he do? Hallett Cove sounds very nice, good luck with the house and thanks again for the reply.
It's too glorious a morning not to be up and out of bed today!
Originally Posted by ninamorley
It's always difficult leaving family, but it sounds like you've got a good bunch too - it does make the process a whole load easier!
Ben was a plumber in the UK; ran his own business. We looked into continuing it here, but he also fancied a change - he's working as a service manager for Yamaha World now, so he gets to talk bikes all day every day !! Is there something else you fancy doing? One of the nice things about moving so far away is that no-one has any pre-conceptions, so you can pretty much re-invent yourself if you want. Ben had no experience in the bike trade (although he's been on bikes all his adult life) - he just kept turning up at the shop and putting himself in the manager's face until they employed him! It's worked out well - he's a pretty adaptable type anyway and he's picked up the job in no time.
You sound like you've got a few skills, so I'm sure you'll pick up something in no time.
Right - going to get out and enjoy this weather. All the best,