I have been wanting to post this or something like this for a while but not had the time really.
I just wanted to share our journey with folks to give them my story and how things have happened for us.
We were lucky enought to get our PR 175 Visa back in July after only submitting it in January. This is when the panic set in and the amount of stuff we had to do!!!!
We decieded the best way to make sure everything got done was to make a big long list and then allocate certain tasks to a given week leading up to the move.
I still can't believe how quickly those weeks past.
Before I knew it the packers were here and gone!
We were booked on a lunch time flight from Heathrow so we arrived early to check in. I am so glad we did, we knew we were over the 130kg that we were allowed but I made a nice face and the guy behind the desk could see our dilemma and he only charged us for 5kg instead of the 30kg we were over! I could not believe how lucky we were. My heart was racing and I thought I was going to cry!
The flight was great the kids were ok with the long flight to Singapore we did not mind we were on our way, I could not believe it!
We finally arrived in Adelaide on a cold a windy morning freezing, tired and in shock! Michael from the car rental was there to meet us and drive us to our short term rental. There we were met by Tyke who was like an old freind welcoming you home. The first few days were a bit of a blur really through lack of sleep and being cold. (yes I was cold in October!)
The best advice we were given was try not to do too much and rest and enjoy it.
There was lots to do but you have to take things slowly don't rush into buying anything even a long term rental if you can help it.
I found Christmas strange and I was not unhappy and I did not want to return to the UK but felt a bit wierd. I finally figured out what was bothering it's that I can't believe we are here. I look out the window and I see sunshine and yellow grass but if feels surreal like I am dreaming.
We have had a hard few months getting work, rental and getting the kids settled but others have had it harder. I just count my lucky stars to be here
I don't miss anything apart from family and friends which I know will come and go. I have to say that thanks to this forum I have made a whole bunch of friends in similar situation. I have not met many Australians yet but they are hard to come by in little Britain. Those I have have been welcoming, happy to chat and forthcoming with help and advice.
I can say I am happy and I am proud to be living here with the fantasic beaches and the laid back lifestyle and I hope that as the days, months and years pass that it will stop feeling unreal and just be the norm.
Sorry to have ranted, I could have written much more
If anyone wants to ask me anything then please do I am happy to share my limited experiance.
All the best to those here, those arriving and hoping to arrive - hopefully you will be as lucky as we are. Lets hope 2010 is a great year for us POMS
All the best to everyone on their life's journey where ever it takes you.