Thanks so much for your reply. I am really glad you are happy and I really mean that - I think it is great because I know how it is difficult. It makes me happy that some people are happy here - and like you say - everyone is different and people fit in and some don't. I wish you guys all the very best. I'm not giving up yet.. I will keep on trying until all the pennies run out. You are very right with what you say :)
Originally Posted by Lazy Cow
[quote=Guzzler&Sas;41506]Sure Adelaide is not for everybody but then not everybody is for Adelaide, you need positive can do attitude, get out there meet people, you are even allowed to talk to the Australians,
How bloody patronising! And what a crock of ****!
I am sure Jomasey has already tried the 'positive attitude thing' and I am sure she is well aware she can talk to Australians.
What percentage of your friends are Aussies?
Jomasey, good on you for coming on here, being honest and not worrying about what everyone will say!
Originally Posted by Guzzler&Sas
I would say at least 50%, patronising maybe or on the the other hand just being honest,
Can't see the point of the question. Does it matter. Are you a better person because most of your friends are Poms or Aussies? Does it mean you are happier or unhappier?
Originally Posted by Guzzler&Sas
Guzzler's throw away comment (re talking to Australians) is a little thing called humour.
To me it reads (no quote or names mentioned) that Guzzler is addressing those not yet arrived in Oz, just as the OP has. Therefore it is good advice and in no way patronising.
I do however agree with your last comment. I for one want to here negative posts/threads and the reasoning behind the posts.
A poster left Australia a few months ago who said much the same thing as yourself. One of their friends sold their house here (been here 6 months at the time), packed their stuff into a van and drove to Queensland to see if they could settle there better.
I think you are right to highlight that for some it is a lot harder to see the Aussie dream than others. Also the fact that some jobs are on the skilled occupations list, and people can be awarded state sponsorship doesn't actually mean there are any employment opportunites when they get here.
I do believe that Guzzler was trying to be amusing, not patronising. I also believe that Guzzler has been here over 2 years and has been very successful in establishing a circle of Aussie friends. I know many people who aspire to establish the same thing once they have been working long enough to meet some and also to make friends. I don't think any offence was taken by Jomasey and neither do I think any was meant.
Jomasey, I applaud your thread. A topic like this can be emotive.
My OH loved Sydney too....me, I've never been but it's definately on the list!!!! It's a big list!! Good Luck with the business xx
I am sorry to hear that things are not going as planned for you Jomasy (and others!). The work issue is one of the hardest things to get right. I have seen your other posts about graphic designers and yes, there are very few roles around in that profession. I really hope your business works out for you.
You obviously like Oz because you lived in Sydney but sometimes one city cannot be classed as a whole classification of a whole country - differences in UK cities - London vs Manchester vs Brighton vs Birmingham - whole other debate no doubt.
Cost of living is very different to the UK - we find it cheaper, but you have to shop around. Driving is bad here, but our lives are better here and we can only speak as we find in that regard. Sometimes when you feel down and you speak to others who have made this journey too, you can spiral out of control and everyone can end up bringing everyone down - so if you have mates who are not migrants too, they can pep you up and tell you to chill out and not worry so much!
You have to get out of your comfort zone to meet people and start all over again (as I am sure you are aware because you have done it before). We found our community very good where we are, but then 5 minutes up the road it could be different.
I am sure you are giving it your best shot and sometimes, just typing words and having a rant, can get things off your chest and the whole world seems different.
I really hope things work out for you, whatever happens.
Our children are growing up healthy, having a great outdoor life - there are so many wide open spaces and our lives are enriched with all things Australian in this great, vast, mateship country and we love it - I hope you find your utopia soon!
Last edited by Guzzler&Sas; 26-06-2008 at 10:06 AM.
Thanks for the honesty, I doubt if its any help but England is really struggling Petrol Prices at the pump are going up at 2p a week our's are sat at 116 per litre at mo, everything is going up, every day the news is credit crunch, house prices falling, harder to get a morgage, energy prices rising by 30% at least this year the roads are getting busier and is it me or does it seem simple manners have gone out the window or gone out of the country.
I hope it all sorts itself out for you.
Yeah our Diesel is £1.31 today, blink and it goes up we had two cars a citroen saxo and a Kia Sedona we gave the Citroen away last month to my brother that was a 1.1 our Sedona is now costing £75 per fortnight to fill up I must amight I've invested in a good quality pair of shoes and trying to walk everywhere as much as I can. Its cheaper.