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    Guest maxfactornackerlacker

    Not been on here for a few months, but wanted to post this for any people back in the UK, who will probably be hanging onto every word , like i was just before i came out !!

    Arrived in January with my wife and 2 children - everything went perfectly as planned, but emotionally, it was the most draining thing we have ever done...... my wife cried for 2 days solid for no apparent reason, and i was almost as bad ( very strange feeling, of jet lag and being petrified of the unknown ).

    We secured a rental after going to 8 opens. As soon as we went to the house that we liked, we completed the form that evening, and then hand delivered the form to the rental agent at 09:00 the next morning when they opened. We offered 10 dollars a week more than was advertised to help our application. Tip here, is get in quickly and be very pushy if you really like somewhere.

     

    My wife is a hairdresser - she handed out CV's at all of the large shopping centre salons over 2 days. She has been offered at least 5 jobs, and is currently at a beautiful salon. There is loads of work for her, and she has almost doubled her wages from the UK. So been really easy. I have gone from being in logistics management, to being a van driver/courier delivering parcels in the city. It is a step down for me professionally, but again, I am earning over double what i was getting in UK, and i dont have to line manage 85 staff !!...... i got a job pretty easily, and as long as you are prepared to work doing whatever you can, then it seems pretty easy to get a job. We are now earning about 30 percent more wages than the UK even after taking all differences into account.

     

    My kids joined the local high school and primary. The schools are very relaxed and informal, and they do NOT request the kids to do homework, as they say that there is no proof that this has any positive affect on exam results ??? different to the UK, but my kids seem happy, and they have started to flourish, so i am gonna stay with it !!

     

    Lifestyle - this has been the biggest change to our lives since we arrived. I cant say if it was OUR decision, or we have been swept along with everyone else and their attitude towards free time and family time ? I have always enjoyed playing sport, and then socialising with a few beers at the pub afterwards. I pretty much done this every weekend back in the UK. I presumed that this would continue when we arrived in adelaide. I have not been to a single pub since we have arrived, and i do not intend to go to one soon. We have spent almost every single weekend doing something as a family, and it has been the best time we have ever had as a family, and i have never felt as happy and relaxed. We do stuff like kayaking on the Onkaparringa river/ fishing from the beach/ long walks after work along the beach etc. Simply beautiful and stunning stuff.

     

    We have not found a single negative point of our move, other than missing old friends and family more than we ever thought. We have been so busy, that the only part of our plan that is behind schedule, is getting a large circle of friends, as we had in the UK. We have a few people, but would really like to have a larger circle. We plan to actively start pushing a few more friendships, but it can be easier to sit back, rather than use energy to push social engagements ?

     

    Thats about it really. Hope that it gives someone a very slight insight into 1 story of the move to Adelaide.

     

    I am not looking for anyone to comment on this post, it is merely for people back in the UK, who are close to the big move. Hope it helps.

     

    Cheers

    Max

    Edited by Ktee
    Edited out past issues, new start and all that

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    Guest brianlynnette

    hi max good to hear your all settled and looking forward to making new friends, we have been here for over a yr now and gotta say at first I hated it, had a bad experience with a so called family member promising us the world of support ( and I don't mean money wise just emotional help and a roof over our heads) turned out after the first week our kids were getting on her hubbys nerves ( which she has now admitted) we got told after 2 weeks that their landlord wanted us out as he didn't want children in his house BULL**** to be facing homelessness after 2 weeks was heart breaking, it left a really sour taste in our moves and our eldest daughter here got so down she left and went to perth, we were up in west lakes shore but moved to Aldinga 4 weeks ago and we left the negativity behind, I no longer speak to that person anymore and after a long hard slog we are finally settling, Brian is working still only casual tho and I need to get into work myself, don't know if its for life tho but with positive attitudes anything is possible, some are lucky and everything falls into place straight away and some not so lucky but with hard work we all get there eventually just some quicker than others haha good luck :)

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    Great post.

     

    Just on the homework thing, our kids school does give out homework, but not much so it's different for each school. There has been research recently though that has questioned the value of homework, saying it doesn't improve exam grades so your kids school seems to be very on the ball and progressive in that area.

     

    Hope things continue to go well for you.

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    Thanks for the update. Great to hear from you and so good its all going well for you all. Sounds like things really fell into place and you've been able to embrace everything.

     

    The missing people part hopefully will get better as you settle in and build friendships.

     

    We are not far off our move now, we fly out the start of October and I can't wait :biggrin:

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    Guest ColinOz
    (...)This is merely for people back in the UK, who are close to the big move. Hope it helps.

     

    Cheers

    Max

    Nice post Max, but I think this applies for anyone from any part in the world who is going to move to Adelaide in the near future!!! :)

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    Great update Max thanks for sharing. The jet lag is a killer when you first arrive, mixed with all our emotions it can really make or break a lot of people. I am so happy you pulled through.

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    Wow your earnings are impressive compared to you working as a Logistics Manager in the UK,to a courier!Can I ask you this though?You mentioned your outdoor pursuits,like walking,kayaking and so on.Was'nt it possible for you to do that in the UK?I spent 30 yrs in Sth Oz and did all you have,and when I moved to the UK,it continued!I am happy its all working out for you,Best of luck and it sounds like you have a great life.

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    Wow your earnings are impressive compared to you working as a Logistics Manager in the UK,to a courier!Can I ask you this though?You mentioned your outdoor pursuits,like walking,kayaking and so on.Was'nt it possible for you to do that in the UK?I spent 30 yrs in Sth Oz and did all you have,and when I moved to the UK,it continued!I am happy its all working out for you,Best of luck and it sounds like you have a great life.

     

    I think a lot of people only really discover those kind of activities once they are available right on their doorstep so it's easy to get out and do them. Once you are in to them then it's easier to continue when you have to go a bit further to pursue them. And the OP does mention they used to play sport and have a few beers each weekend in the UK and that their weekend activities have changed. They haven't said anything about how they couldn't do them in the UK, just that they didn't do them.

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    Guest BurgessFamily

    great post, and coming here and doubling your wages is definitely a selling factor. UK sounds like a sweat shop. :)

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    Guest HayleyPick

    Great post Max so refreshing to read a positive post. Were moving out hopefully in the next 2-3 months if all goes to plan.. Cant wait :-)

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    Guest Priory

    Thank you Max-you've given a bouncy update to help with the tedious process of moving!

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    A year in and I have found nothing much here that has disappointed or worried us, it's lovely. The UK is just starting to become a bit of a memory now.

     

    The only thing is family - it's been difficult, especially with the mum's coming out to visit and then going again. Feel a little vulnerable financially and perhaps in terms of support if any disasters do happen, but that'll hopefully sort itself out.

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