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I agree to not know the visa is silly and I hope it was just a wind up for this chap's sake but one day I will bore you with my full story which has a fair few rip offs with non returned bonds, car accidents, airline tickets etc. I have concluded as we move across the world some people fare well and others do not, may be we just have to accept that! You are right though it is just as much a foreign country as France or Italy and in many ways more we just share some of the same language. I think I thought it was England in the South my mistake! Personally I think I may have done better in France/ Italy! My own error though
My friend who has a resettlement company here in Adelaide and has therefore met and dealt with loads of migrants over the past 8 years or so actually wrote a really good book called "The Same Difference" all about the pitfalls and joys of emigrating to Australia, specifically South Australia - I think it's available from their website www.h2h.com.au if anyone wants a copy (sorry for plug!). One of the phrases I remember from reading it was the misconception that Australia is just "England with sun".... those that come with that thought in their head are probably those that have the biggest shock when they get here and find that Australia is a different country, and you will occasionally feel like a foreigner in so many ways...
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
Yep you are a foreigner... the locals can tell from a distance you are different.... hair, clothes and that's before the accents are heard..... walking around in the midday sun without shirt/hat.....only mad dogs and englishmen go out in the mid day sun...... (This is a bit tongue in cheek this post so don't be offended anyone)... spotted frequently down at Glenelg families with UK soccer shirt and cropped hair on the boys. Girls wearing clothes not bought in Big W, Kmart etc and everyone looks hot......
Sailed SS Australis out of Southampton 1977.Arrived October in Adelaide via Melbourne 1977.Liverpool/London 1987 - 1992
Adelaide 1992 to eternity:)and one day you'll wake up and stop counting how long you've been here.
The guy will be snapped up when he gets back by "The Peckham tourist board"
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hope you are settled back in britain, we've only been here a couple of months & although you do seem to have been unlucky, alot of what you said , rings soo true ! we are in a country town surrounding Adelaide , so so far the saving grace is the people - genuinly nice ! Wish us Luck !