Ok so we have been in Adelaide just over 2 weeks so thought it was about time I give an update as I know how much I enjoyed reading arrival stories.
So we flew from Dublin to Brisbane on the 3rd Jan via Dubai with emirates, the flight was fine a bit of delay due to weather but nothing too major, great service. Arriving at the airport we made sure to go through the que to get our passport stamped, glad we did as weíve needed this a couple of times. Didnít need any paperwork or anything just showed our passports, very quick and easy
We stayed with my uncle for 2 weeks in Brisbane, so we were able to pick up bank cards ( arranged prior to arrival with NAB), get sim cards and apply for our tax numbers up there, all very straight forward. Spent the rest of the 2 weeks catching up with family, applied for a few jobs but didnít concentrate on it too much.
I got a phone call to offer me a temporary position in Adelaide starting on the morning of the 19th however we didnít land until the evening so unfortunately they couldnít wait as they required someone urgently but this meant we were able to spend the first week house hunting.
We had a hire car for a week, but we bought a car on the Thursday as my partner needs a car for work. My partner sat his white card on the Friday had booked this prior to arrival so was ready to start work; however the shipping company on this side have been awful. We had pre-arranged to collect his tools before the rest of the shipping but they were a nightmare to get hold off and just ignored calls & emails so we didnít get his tools until Wednesday past. He started work on the Thursday however, so been great to get one of us started as we can live comfortably on his wage until I secure something.
We applied for a couple of houses, offered six monthsí rent and 8 days after arrival got offered a house 15mins from the city that we both liked and allowed dogs. We move in tomorrow so we are really excited to get our own home and things will start to feel a bit less like a holiday. Unfortunately are shipping isnít arriving until next week so might be a few nights on a blow up bed. Thankfully the lovely Claire & Tel have gave us the pay it forward kit for a week or so, so this will help us sooo much, itís great.
Also, we are LOVING Adelaide, it wasnít our first choice as we have family in Brisbane but needed the state sponsorship but weíve both surprised ourselves that we much prefer it down here, so far anyway itís still early days. Just hoping I get a job soon but not worrying too much yet its only been 2 weeks.
Paula & Charlie