I know I should have done this before but have been a bit busy what with moving to Australia and xmas and all! I want to share our journey and some thoughts with you.
We arrived here at the end of August. As we got ready to leave England I started to worry that with all the years of planning and hoping, I had built Adelaide up to proportions that it couldn't possibly live up to, but as we drove from the airport, getting lost by the way ( the road signs take some getting used to),it didn't disappoint.
We stayed at Kingsdon caravan park at Brighton right on the beach, although we had a lot of work to do I wanted my son to feel it was a holiday. We call the day we arrived 'the lost saturday' due to jet lag, but on the sunday we walked down the beach in the sunshine to Jetty Road, had lunch and walked back paddling in the sea and we thought this is why we came. its perfect!
We got a car straight away but were shocked to find anything to do with cars is very expensive.
We were lucky and got a rental in Hallett Cove after a week. It is a lovely place, close to the city,hills and beaches with rail stop and mall.
My hsband has got a job with serco (who he worked for in England) at the new immigration detention center at Woodside. It is very different for Oliver (he's 10) there are no children in the immediate area so he's lost his independance of going out to playlike he did in England, it all seems to be play dates which is ok but you have to get to know the parents first. He's done one term at school and loves it although he was a bit shocked to find out he had to go into yr 4 when he was just about to start yr6 in England. He did have some trouble with some boys at first, but when we spoke to the teacher who then had a word with them they were genuinely suprised and sorry that they had upset him. I think aussie kids of the same age are younger but made of tougher stuff whereas Oliver is quite sensetive. Now they are all friends and include him in everything, so he is looking forward to the new school year.
In England I was a teaching assistant, i m job hunting at the moment but i think there are alot of us about. I will be happier when I can get back out to work and make friends.
It is very true when they say Australians are so friendly, helpful and welcoming. Our first aussie friend was the lady at the bank where we went in our first days to sort out our money, we mentioned we were going to buy a fridge and all the staff would tell us the best places to shop! When ever we needed info we would always go to the bank and they would be happy to oblige. We now get together quite often. They are truly wondeful people.
My only disappiontment and I hope you won't be offended is the attitude of the English. Naively I thought when we arrived the English would welcome us with open arms as they new what it was like to be in a new country on your own, but not so!The Australian attitude when they discover you've moved here is, wow! how brave is there anything we can do to help?The English attitude is, so! we had to do it on our own, we've made our own friends, your on your own! It makes me feel a bit lonely and cast out by my own people.
We absolutely love it here and have settled very quickly, partly luck but mostly due to the research we did before we came. Were working for the boat and water sports now!
This is all a precursor, by the way, to being able to ask some of the still unanswered questions such as, can I get Alpen here? Is ther any dog grooming parlour that is prepared to strip my border terrier? and what exactly does one do on Australia Day?