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Carole and Andrew
Agent appointed Sept 06, changed agent July 08, visa granted 7.3.08
House not sold... decided to rent
Left UK 15.10.08, Arrived Adelaide 26.10.08
Now in Seacliff
Hi, We didn't do a reccie, and I came with rose coloured specs. It's taken 6 months for my husband to get a job (general manager level). The kids and he love it. The winters are cold and without central heating you really notice it.
I don't hate it but don't love it. I miss my house (we're renting it) shops, family. Makes you realise just what you take for granted. I haven't met any real friends, the aussies are very friendly in shops etc but they don't take you into their social circle (or is it just
us). I love all Adelaide has to offer, but feel down about the day to day stuff. I do feel it's behind the times. I go to the fitness centre at Blackwood, if that was on offer in the UK you would never go. However the classes are very good. I want to get a casual job, but it's difficult to get one, especially when you've been at home with the kids for over 10 years.
Anyway each to their own. Hope it all works out for you.
We have some really great friends here, much more than we had in the UK, because your friends are your family here so you tend to try harder to make friends. I find Aussies that have travelled and poms who like Australia are the easiest people to get on with. Aussies that haven't travelled can be painful to talk to as they have no idea about anywhere else and can be quite shallow. Also poms who continually complain about the chocolate tasting different and the string on the tea bags being a different length are equally painful!!!!
All you can do is enjoy Australia for what it has to offer and try and do things that you wouldn't be able to do back in the UK.
We have been reading these posts with interest, there are some good points made on both sides. I thought I'd add my own positive spin, for what its worth....
We've been in Adelaide for 2 weeks now and absolutely love it (I admit that we are probably still in the "honeymoon period"). The thought of having to go back to the UK for anything other than a holiday leaves me cold with dread! But different strokes for different folks. The point has already been made, but I think it matters what stage of life you're at. I turn 40 next January, with my wife not far behind, so the slower pace of life suits us. And anyway, there's plenty going on if you look around. We have a 5 year old girl and another due on 6 October, already our daughter is thriving here and says she doesn't want to go back to England (that may change when she turns 18!).
We have been staying in Eastwood in serviced apartments, and today secured a long-term unfurnished let in Unley. Took the wife to Ikea by the airport (good place for cheap grub by the way!) to price up furniture. Unley is a lovely area and a bit pricey (although we got a fairly reasonable price from what I've seen) but we wanted to stay somewhere near the CBD where the "action" is. Spent an hour or so today at Unley oval (where Sturt play AFL) 50 yards from our front door and it was lovely.
Of course the key to everything is finding a decent job, which aint always easy in a city of 1.2 million. So to those thinking of coming over, make sure you do plenty of research into the job market first and be prepared for plenty of knockbacks. I think its fair to say that as an immigrant you will often be at a disadvantage when up against locals for jobs, not sure what others think?
Anyway, we've given ourselves 6-12 months for me to find a job, I'm a solicitor so hopefully I'll get something. Haven't really started looking seriously yet, but had some promising feedback this week so fingers crossed.
I want to wish the very best of luck to all fellow Poms trying to make a new life here. Its not easy leaving friends and family behind (far from it) but my own feeling is that we've done the right thing.
Unley is lovely, we used to live in Eastwood and Parkside, which are close by and When my kids were little we used to head to Unley oval to play on the Pirate ship on the hill. Some great cafes and shops on Unley and King william Rds.
Sailed SS Australis out of Southampton 1977.Arrived October in Adelaide via Melbourne 1977.Liverpool/London 1987 - 1992
Adelaide 1992 to eternity:)and one day you'll wake up and stop counting how long you've been here.
i was just looking through and saw your post
im only 17 but i would love to come home
only because the build up to coming over here and then getting here and seeing what it is really like isnt that good
as it is getting hotter it is alot better because more people are out and about
but also i live down sellicks beach which is like 30 thousand miles away from everything
but it is getting better and i have only been here 12 weeks so probably just comparing adelaide to england too much