......... was six months ago today that we stepped off the plane into Adelaide sunshine for the first time. Where has the time gone????
We arrived with around £4,300 in a UK bank. No aussie bank accounts and a few hundred pounds in cash. We were met at the airport by the wonderful Judi (Roo1) and the extremely helpful Brian (Aussie Car Rentals). Brian sorted us out with a car and Judi took us to where we would be staying for the first couple of weeks of our new lives.
We had no idea whether we had done the right thing dragging four children half way around the world with not a lot of money, no house or car of our own and absolutely no idea of where we were going to settle.
I remember the first week was hell with the jet lag and running around trying to get a car, a bank account, a long term rental, Medicare, etc, etc, etc.
Our rental nightmare is well documented on here. Judi had people due to arrive and we had no where to go. We were going to rental opens only to find 40 other applicants looking around the house. Then steps in Russell (Tyke). He had a just over a week free at one of his rentals and that was just enough time to secure a six month lease on a three bed rental in Morphett Vale.
We put the kids into school which they were gagging for seeing as they had been out of school for 12 weeks due to school holidays in the UK and here in Oz. We chose Woodcroft Primary for them. Within minutes of looking around the school we knew it was a good school. This has been confirmed by how well our children have come on since being there. Confidence was a big issue in the UK but not here.
We have just secured a twenty four month lease for a lovely four bedroom house in Woodcroft and is well within easy walking distance from the school.
As far as work is concerned Tracey had a job sorted from the UK. The only doubt was whether she would get on working in an Australian hospital as we had heard it was behind the times compared with the UK. As it turned out she loves it. She has gone back to actually nursing rather than doing half of the doctors job like she did in the UK.
The big thing for us is that we can spend more time together as a family. With only one of us working, on Tracey's days off we can go places. In the UK when Tracey had a day off I was working and we saw very little of one and other. Tracey gets a better wage here than with the NHS and I have found that if you don't do a big shop at a supermarket but buy your food at a number of specialist shops you get better quality and it costs less.
I would also like to thank those that have helped us out with baby sitting and lending their stuff to us and giving their advice. Many thanks guys.
We are proof you can succeed here without bringing loads of cash over. The only thing you need to bring is an open mind.
Happy days :D