Well we are finally here in Adelaide after what's felt like a lifetimes wait.
We flew out of Newcastle on 30th March Emirates - Business Class all the way (the company were paying) we flew to Dubai, stopped for an hour in Kuala Lumper then onto Melbourne where we spent our 1st night in Oz at the Park Royal Hotel which is over the road from the airport. On Sunday lunch time we then flew to Adelaide with Qantas to be met by hubbies cousins at the airport. After the reunion we headed over to the Avis desk to collect our hire car, we'd booked an economy size car as we just wanted something cheap for 4 weeks until we pick a company car and the lovely girl on the desk there (who was from Liverpool) had given us a free upgrade and we drove off in a mitsubishi 4x4 which is lovely. The cousins took us to the beach at Henley where we dipped our toes into Aussie sea for the 1st time, it's like bath water and the beach was lovely. We then headed to Woolworths/bottleo to stock up on essentials and then onto our 4 week apartment at Quest Mawson Lakes which is lovely.
We said good bye to the family, raised a glass then headed to bed.... took us ages to fall asleep, me & the little one slept til 11.30am Monday morning and woke up feeling like we'd been run over by a bus.
After a shower we headed up to Golden Grove (which is where we plan to live) it's lovely up there and so easy to drive here. Gav dropped into his work to sign on etc then we found a nice park for Liv to play in and spent about an hour there, we'd been to Big W and bought a football & some camping type chairs and we played a bit of basket ball then headed home, managed to stay awake til 10pm last night then hit the sack...
Today me & Liv have been to look at Mawson Lake, it's gorgeous and there are some amazing houses there (if only) then we went to Woolworths and did a proper shop, it doesn't seem too expensive to us, the fuel is much cheaper here, $138.5 a litre for petrol, they sell lots of things that are available in the UK, I don't know why but I imagined it'd all be different makes and it's clearly not ha ha.
On Friday we are heading to a reserve to meet some Koala bears, kangaroos etc then Easter Sunday we've been invited out to another reserve that's having a family fun day with bbq etc so we're looking forward to that.
I still feel a bit floaty and at times disoriented but am hoping within a few more days this wil pass, the little one is fine, full of beans.
The temperature today is 24 degrees, it's actually really plesant, doesn't feel boiling.
tomorrow we go to Golden Grove School and NAB bank to get our cards and I need to sort out medicare.
Next week we're going to start house/car hunting.
From what we've seen of Adelaide so far it really is a lovely place and the people are really nice, to anyone apprehensive about making the move just plan as much as you can before you get here and be organised and everything will fall into place.
If anyone is in the Golden Grove area give me a shout, once Liv starts School in 2 weeks i'm going to be bored...
forgot to say the goodbyes were the worst especially with my Parents but they already have two trips planned to come out and we have already skyped and sent a postcard which has helped. Everybody has been really supportive of our move and we are now looking forward to our furniture arriving mid May.