Not been on here for a few months, but wanted to post this for any people back in the UK, who will probably be hanging onto every word , like i was just before i came out !!
Arrived in January with my wife and 2 children - everything went perfectly as planned, but emotionally, it was the most draining thing we have ever done...... my wife cried for 2 days solid for no apparent reason, and i was almost as bad ( very strange feeling, of jet lag and being petrified of the unknown ).
We secured a rental after going to 8 opens. As soon as we went to the house that we liked, we completed the form that evening, and then hand delivered the form to the rental agent at 09:00 the next morning when they opened. We offered 10 dollars a week more than was advertised to help our application. Tip here, is get in quickly and be very pushy if you really like somewhere.
My wife is a hairdresser - she handed out CV's at all of the large shopping centre salons over 2 days. She has been offered at least 5 jobs, and is currently at a beautiful salon. There is loads of work for her, and she has almost doubled her wages from the UK. So been really easy. I have gone from being in logistics management, to being a van driver/courier delivering parcels in the city. It is a step down for me professionally, but again, I am earning over double what i was getting in UK, and i dont have to line manage 85 staff !!...... i got a job pretty easily, and as long as you are prepared to work doing whatever you can, then it seems pretty easy to get a job. We are now earning about 30 percent more wages than the UK even after taking all differences into account.
My kids joined the local high school and primary. The schools are very relaxed and informal, and they do NOT request the kids to do homework, as they say that there is no proof that this has any positive affect on exam results ??? different to the UK, but my kids seem happy, and they have started to flourish, so i am gonna stay with it !!
Lifestyle - this has been the biggest change to our lives since we arrived. I cant say if it was OUR decision, or we have been swept along with everyone else and their attitude towards free time and family time ? I have always enjoyed playing sport, and then socialising with a few beers at the pub afterwards. I pretty much done this every weekend back in the UK. I presumed that this would continue when we arrived in adelaide. I have not been to a single pub since we have arrived, and i do not intend to go to one soon. We have spent almost every single weekend doing something as a family, and it has been the best time we have ever had as a family, and i have never felt as happy and relaxed. We do stuff like kayaking on the Onkaparringa river/ fishing from the beach/ long walks after work along the beach etc. Simply beautiful and stunning stuff.
We have not found a single negative point of our move, other than missing old friends and family more than we ever thought. We have been so busy, that the only part of our plan that is behind schedule, is getting a large circle of friends, as we had in the UK. We have a few people, but would really like to have a larger circle. We plan to actively start pushing a few more friendships, but it can be easier to sit back, rather than use energy to push social engagements ?
Thats about it really. Hope that it gives someone a very slight insight into 1 story of the move to Adelaide.
I am not looking for anyone to comment on this post, it is merely for people back in the UK, who are close to the big move. Hope it helps.