Well, 3 years ago today we arrived to start our new lives in Adelaide. To cut a long story short, we lived for a year in Adelaide and it was very up and down in terms of work. We loved the place though. We didn't come over with heaps of money. I am a primary school teacher and was only able to get relief teaching work and my husband had some short term contracts in so we had periods such as school holidays when neither of us were earning anything at all which was hard. We have two boys who are now aged 11 and 9. We loved our life in Adelaide but it was pretty scary at times when the money just wasn't coming in. Sun, sea and atmosphere don't pay the bills.
My husband then was interviewed and got a job..... problem it was in Melbourne. It was well paid and permanent though. We had to decide to we continue struggling in Adelaide ( and we had reached a point when we were nearly out of funds)or take this job. We made the move 2 years ago to Victoria and never really fell in love with Melbourne the way we did Adelaide. Boy do I wish we had stuck it out longer in Adelaide but with many periods scrimping it seemed very appealing to have permanent work. The job took over and we never really got to travel and we might as well be living back in Surrey UK, where we came from.
The boys settled into their new school and cubs ...I carried on being a relief teacher and at 43 seem incapable of getting a permanent position.
My husband became ill and was unable to continue work. He is getting a lot stronger now thank goodness but I have now to decide..... is it time to head back to the UK or hang on in there in Australia and hope things turn around for us. When I asked the boys where they prefer living: Melbourne, UK or Adelaide. Adelaide comes up first choice for all of us. Moral of this lesson.... Adelaide and Melbourne are vastly different. The number plate motto speaks for itself ' Victoria- The place to Be' how arrogant! Boy did I hate changing my SA number plate to that when I registered my car here!! I have made some lovely friends here though, which is its saving grace for me.
I am giving it one more year but my ideal would be to get a job in Adelaide so we could re-start our dream. The 3 years have had so many ups and downs. I often pop on this site and can so relate to the feelings of homesickness especially when times are tough, which they are for most of us unless you land on your feet.
Anyway, I have updated my SA teachers registration and hope one day soon we make it back there. I'll let you know if we do!!