Cant wait Heaps Good.Sue
Cant wait Heaps Good.Sue
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That's because we are all on Facebook, Skype, Viber, Facetime, notifying family and friends, keeping them up to date....and that everything is awesome. x
@Sophie91 - you'll love it here, so don't worry.
Great pst OkMorris,glad you have settled well.Thanks for your post.
Ok Sduffy here is my update.
We arrived (Myself, Wife and 2 kids, boy 5 girl 3) two months ago yesterday. Prior to arriving and going through a mini hell selling the house in Ireland, (Almost stayed with Tyke in August) my wonderful wife sorted all the financial stuff out including bank transfer, accounts etc. We met a genuinely wonderful person in NAB on King William Street who was our guide through the banking stuff. We used Moneycorp to transfer our funds. Avis was our rental for the first week because it was cheap (we booked online using Oz site from Ireland). Because we were arriving at the start of December we could not find a short term (4-6 weeks) for under 8,000 dollars. We then found a house in Bowden using AirBNB for substantially less. The owners were heading away for a few weeks and the house was ours. We flew from Dublin with Emirates via Dubai.
The flight was great. It was cramped and the food was nasty, but the Emirates staff were fantastic in making sure the children were happy and content. They even let use use the first class loo at one stage for the little ones. The film and tv/radio choice was more than adequate enough and the 1 hour forty mins stop-over was not the tight for time panic we thought it would turn out to be.
The first few days after arriving were really taken over by jet lag. We met all the neighbours (including a couple of friends for life) got our driving licences, Medicare, TAX numbers, mobile phone SIMs and Ambo Insurance. I arranged a few meetings with job agencies, and hunted around and bought a car. We were welcomed and invited to a party on Christmas morning by the whole street. I will never forget that. They had even bought presents for our children!
Over the next couple of weeks we went around the different suburbs, went to the beach, visited the hills, zoos etc and went on a couple of job interviews. We found a long term rental in the eastern suburbs (Felixstow) beside the Linear Park, bought most of the furniture to fill it ( it was more cost effective to buy new than to ship the old stuff over) and enrolled our 5 year old in the local school. My boy loves his new school, we have made friends here locally, the neighbours are great even going so far as donating old school uniforms to us (saving $$$) and making us feel very very welcome. I secured a job that I start next week. It’s 3 minutes drive or 10 mins walk from the house here.
So the last 8 weeks plus have been a blur, but it has been an adventure.
I have found the average (if there is such a thing) Australian to be both warm, welcoming and honest. There is no one like an Aussie to tell you straight!
I went into the police station in Norwood yesterday to get my Australian Police clearance. The Officer behind the counter was an immigrant (China) himself and we spent 10 mins talking about Rory McElroy because he noticed I was Irish. It’s the little things :)
I used to work in Holywood Golf Club many years ago, the one that spawned young Rory.
You are right about recaps, it helped us a great deal to see how folk where getting on.....I must do one..soon...I do spend alot of time keeping family happyx
Thanks for the update Bob,there are lots of lovely people here,i remember when i moved into our first home here our neighbour brought a freshly baked cake round and a bunch of freshly cut roses from her garden.We have had friends lend one of their cars to us for quite some time when we didnt have the money to buy one.That still amazes me now when back in Uk for a holiday had some family and friends who would barely offer a lift to us.
I have met some wonderful people here,it can sometimes be difficult getting that to translate into longer term friendships.
Hope life continues to be as wonderful,having a short commute would be a great bonus for many.
Thanks Tyke. Water under the bridge now :)
It seems to me that we pick up relationships according to where we are in our life.
For example, we have friends we used to see a lot when the kids were in primary / high school (used to go away together each January etc), but now the kids have grown up, we see way less of one another. I used to see a few mums, people from the school canteen, or whatever, but again, see less of each other now we aren't seeing each other at school. We would catch up with work mates at the weekend, but now OH does that on his own, and we only see them together at the occasional footy match, etc etc.
I think it would be the same if we were still in the UK, but the difference is we don't have old, old friends from our own school days, uni or whatever, and sometimes, I miss them.
Our kids are grown up now (physically, at least) and we are trying to create a new life for ourselves, which is a weird feeling.
I hate getting old...but the alternative isn't that appealing either!
PS. Sue, why don't you write a recap of your journey? I know it hasn't always been particularly easy, but I think it would be interesting. I mean, you've fought through it all, your story would cover things which are not necessarily brought up, and perhaps we could learn stuff! xx
"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows." Alfred North Whitehead