After 5 years, 1 month and 4 days, I'm still here...just thought I'd point that out for the 'old timers' amongst you. :) Adelaide didn't beat me into a bloody pulp after all, and didn't send me completely insane either (although it was touch and go for a while there...)
I still live in a crappy little house, I still have my reasonably crappy little job with the Health Service (no teaching for me anymore, but at least I make a living wage!) But I did want to point out, for those people about to migrate, that even when you go through absolutely excruciating, living hell, you can survive and come out stronger on the other side. You can't say migration isn't character building.
The things I'm thankful for...the Australian summer and that I can still walk on the beach every day and swim in a WARM sea, that my kids are safe going to school, that I've found good friends who accept me as I am, that I make enough money to put food on the table and pay a few bills, and that I've been to Melbourne and am going to Sydney with my mates in November! Finally I'm getting to visit some little pockets of this 'wide brown land' that I always dreamed of seeing.
A final word...I came here in search of a better life - I didn't get it. But as someone pointed out to me when I first started whingeing and bitching about Adelaide, it's sometimes NOT a better life, just a different one. Live each day one at a time and enjoy the sun setting over the sea...it may be the only bright spot on the horizon for a while...