7 months in adelaide my view
hi this is happy feets husband havent posted before but i would like to give my view of my first 7 months here.this post is neither to encourage or discourage people to come stay or leave its just a brief personal view.we arrivedin feb 09 came from snow in b/pool to 45 degree heat here caught a taxi to our temp accom we had reseched n found on the net.we were expecting modern 4 bed appartments but found a 1950s style maissonet for three we then handed over $1600 dollars to the landloard ( if u can callhim that) for 4 weeks rent.what could we do all jet laged an tired and new to everything we paid an hoped things would get better .we then entered the rental rat race over the next 4 weeks we viewed properties from the city findon brighton aberfolye downto seaford often walking round with20 other people all viewin at the same tme madness.we finnaly got a rental in hallet cove when we moved in it wasnt even clean spent half the day cleaning it .it wa ok in the summer but in winter its freezing we have had to invest in electric blankets and fires but still have our fleeces on most of the time.after settllin the kids in at the local school(no mean feat we moved them after one term) i started lookin for work,i worked in construction for the last ten years ground working but after several phone calls and interviews it became apparent it was a non starter being on the457 visa(or how he SA gov can screw u out of money and give nothing back) cara being a nurse has to work fulltime earys lates nights conruction start times are around 7 am so with workin round the kids made it impossible .not to be beaten i recently paid to get my security licence $800 a six day course lots of immigrants on it myself serbians indians romanians but guess who was the only one paying out of his own pocket thats right me everyone else paid by centerlink.iam now waiting for my licence 6 to 8 weeks it costs $240 but the SA gov(what a fine body of men n women they are) take a one off payment of $360 off u thanks!!! no one seems to no why .thats just about it i am not a member of the i love adelaide nor the i hate adelaide brigade i just feel disapointed we had high hopes when we set off 7 months ago and we are sitll tryin to make it work but i dio feel in 5 months we will be heading home .so good luck to any one comming over staying or going home cause we all need it whatever choice we make.the 3 main popular likes about adelaide are the views the beaches and the friendly people( not sure on the last one) and i agree but it dosnt really amount to much if everything else isnt workin out.cheers
Hello Happyfeets OH ;)
It is sad to hear of the hard time anyone has here TBH, we all have our hard luck stories in one way,shape or form but its the way in which we react which shapes how the future decisions are made (if that makes any sense )
Keep ya chin up, get up and dust yaself down anytime you get knocked down and keep smiling, thats what I keep doing and tomorrow will be that much easier ;)
I really shouldn`t be sniffing the thinners at work , it affects my mood
Hi Daz, know how u r feeling mate, not having much luck myself on job front even though im better qualified than most of the managers ive met at interviews. All the best for the future whatever u decide to do. We will be going back before the end of the year, its not for my family and with the sound of little feet coming early next year it will soon be time for us to head on back to our roots.
Happy feets hubby, excellent post. This will help a lot of people. We were lucky with a rental but there are some real dumps out there for mega bucks rent!
Good luck over the comming months, you will soon be able to turn those blankets off!!!
I thought Lancashire was cold at night but we too have fleeces on most nights, the relies can't believe it!
Must admit we've been here for 3 months on a 457 visa and I was extremely stressed about hubby getting a job, I'd heard it could be hard on a temporary visa, however he had a few weeks off to sort out rentals and furniture and stuff, started looking (in construction) and started work 2 weeks later. Put his CV onto seek and an agency (Ranstad, based at Henley beach Rd) picked it up, told him to make some changes, said they had a few jobs he would match up to. More money an hour than at home too (which wasn't difficult!) so we were really lucky in that respect.
HOWEVER, I will say we don't have kids, I can understand how hard it would be to work around that as hubby is out the house by 6, the yard is now moving so it will take him longer to get there soon, I'm also nursing, having to work full time, late, earlies,nights and we're both absolutely knackered, with me getting only 1 in 3 weekends off, doesn't leave much time to see the country we came to live in.
We're just in the process of applying for PR, (gonna cost us a packet) in the hope I can cut my hours or move jobs (preferably both) just so that we can have some time to travel around OZ as we came all this way. Not sure if we'll stay( we still have the house in the Uk, tenants moving out in September so we'll have to pay the mortgage too if we don't get someone else in )but would like to have a little more time than the 457 gives and we haven't experienced a summer yet, in fact the double winter is taking it's toll and making me very grumpy:embarrassed:
Hope it all sorts itself out for you happy feet family, just seems a shame when you've come all this way that you don't get a bit more help. By the way, we're at Hallett Cove too, seems to rain more up here! No-one beleives us either that it's cold, my Dad kept asking if we had sun tans yet, and why did we have coats on in the pictures!!!!!!Because it's bloody cold!!
I am sorry to hear of so many people having such a hard time of it over here, all i can say really is good effort better to have tried than to have not tried at all.
We have had some bad times, and when i say bad i mean pretty bloody awful, we could have thrown the towel in on several occasions but were still here, fighting away picking ourselves up after each knock down.
good luck to you all, in whatever you do wherever it may be.
Good and honest post. Before I came out I loved to read all points of view and all experiences not just the - through the rose tinted glasses ones! And though we have settled really well - it is not for everyone - and there is no shame in going home, it is not throwing in the towel - it is about doing what is best for you and your family.
The very best of luck - whatever your furture decision may be.
Great post with good honest and helpfull points of views. I hope it gets easier for you and you and your family.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
I have to admit we did back to back winters last year, and last winter was no where near as wet as this one. Saying that it did take its toll. We were in the pub the other week and i asked a lad what he thought after 8 weeks here, he said its just like being in the UK.
Trust me when the blue skys come, and the warmth is there day and night the smiles will grow on your faces.
You will have some great times out and about.
Try to do a full summer before deciding, i know money will be key in this.
Thats it mate, i will happily take this cold, wet weather in return for the 6 or so months if nice long summer days....bring it on and let the sun shine on, shine on....
Originally Posted by kangomik