Well hello all! Its finally my turn!!
We arrived on Tuesday at 6am so it was lovely to be met by Dianne from Warm welcome- our rental place in Warradale. The flight was shattering- neither of us slept much.. Singapore airlines were great tho.
Di dropped us at our house which is lovely and has everything we need and is in a great location- 10 mins to beach, 10 mins to Marion Westfield shopping centre, 3 mins to train into city (25mins ish). After a short nap we got up and out down to the beach which is beautiful- we walked down Jetty Rd Brighton and looked at all the cafes/shops etc and then on to the jetty and along the beach. Di prepared a lovely homecooked meal for us that night so we went and joined her and her hubby Clem (Irish originally) although she was quite happy to pass the meal in for us to eat alone if we wanted. We were in bed by 9pm!!
So since then we have done all the usual stuff medicare/tax file/ ambulance cover/ mobiles/internet. We havent bought a car yet as we will wait and see- we think Chris will be working in the city and I wont be working for a few months yet. We have started house hunting- we are going cheap and cheerful to begin with as neither of us have jobs yet and its scary! Although Chris has interviews tomorrow and Tuesday to register with agencies.
So first impressions- love it! Clean, relaxed and very friendly people. Enjoying the beaches and cafe culture and the weather is gradually getting hotter- into the 30's. Feels like a foreign country but not too foreign if that makes sense- kinda familiar.
By the way for people in UK trying to work out cost of things etc we have found it the same or bit cheaper here for everything. Westfield Marion centre has loads of cheaper shops and discount stores and we have priced a lot of house things-eg basic dinner set was $9 for 4 of everything, I didnt think towels etc were expensive, tellys $299 for a 42inch. We have shipped things- eg telly and mountain bikes which in hind sight I think we would have been best selling and buying new here. Im glad we didnt ship furniture or too much house stuff. Just my opinion and Im not saying the quality is great- just saying it can be done. Food is the same- been to Coles and no big shocks.
So we have both felt happy and comfortable here immediately- just need a house and jobs and all will be good! Definately the right move for us and no home sickness yet (been skyping away!).
Ps- found our first scary spider today- a red back in the yard!
Will update when we've done more!