I know I havenít posted for a long time so many of you might not know me but I have been very busy getting ready for our recci to Adelaide and having 3 weeks out there. Well we have now returned, it was great to finally see the place and we were really relieved to actually love it!!!
We rented a 2 bed apartment on the beachfront in Glenelg called Baybeachfront apartments over the internet for a week so that we could have a base and then decide if we wanted to move to another area.
We picked up our hire car from the airport and drove to the apartment. There was a great map in the car and I have to say the road layout and driving is a dream most of the roads are dual lanes and the driving is so relaxed, nearly everyone keeps to the speed limit you can overtake in both lanes, we didnít witness any road rage at all, in the 3 weeks we were there we only got cut up once and that was by a bus in the middle of the CBD in road works. Its deceiving when you look at the map you think you have a way too go but the suburbs are close together and no real distance so we had fun a couple of times as we had gone past the junction we wanted really quickly!!! But even then it was no real drama finding your way again.
Houses and areas, I will post more in depth info on our thoughts under the housing real estate section otherwise this will be a really long item and I donít want you all to get bored!! The first morning we arrived we got the Adelaide Advertiser and looked for all the open houses that weekend we looked at 5 houses on the Saturday and 6 on the Sunday you just turn up and look round with everyone else, I must say this is the only time I didnít witness the Australian friendliness, no one was rude but it was all business you really felt the competition!!! Itís a great way to look at all the suburbs and see which oneís you like and donít like.
People are great they are so friendly and want to have a little chat to pass the time. The beaches are lovely and clean and a good place for the kids to find new friends. One night we were having an early meal in a lovely cafť in Brighton when about 10 women jogged up and put out exercise mats and started doing their stretches by the pier!!! How great is that!!! There are so many parks for the kids even right next to the beach and lots of green reserves so you are never too far from an open space.
Shopping: We found that most areas were covered by smaller speciality shops i.e. butchers, bread shop, fruit shop etc. I must say the first morning we arrived we went to the local Coles in Glenelg and I was a bit shocked as they didnít seem to have as much choice (apart from milk which there was just loads of!!) anyway when I went back a few days later perhaps a little less jaded from the flight it didnít seem quite so bad, loads of fruit, fresh meats etc and the choice is just different brands really, BUT I donít think I saw one ready meal which really says it all, life here is just healthier the nearest I saw to one was marinaded chicken skewers !!! For those shopaholics donít worry we did find some really big shopping centres dotted around, so if you need your big supermarket fix you can get it.
We went to open our bank account and thought we would have to make an appointment and fill out endless forms, but the lady saw us straight away, I will admit that we went into ANZ bank which is the bank giving us our mortgage so they did already have our address details but it only took 15 minutes.
Well I could go on for hours but all I can say is for the lifestyle and to bring kids up it is a fantastic place, when the time came for us to leave and go home we already felt like we were home and we were just going back to England to pack up and prepare for our new life. Needless to say we have bought a house in Blackwood a lovely leafy suburb and found a great day nursery. We have decided to Emigrate on 15th August. I know there will be family to miss and little hic ups along the way but I am very excited about it all itís a lovely place to be.
If you have any questions, Iíve missed loads of info out I know, just let me know or PM me Iím happy to help if I can.
Good luck everyone!!! :lol: :lol: