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5 days and look what we have done!!!!

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    Guest dglamoore

    Grab a coffee - you may need it while reading this lot :lol: :lol:

     

    We arrived in Adelaide after flying through thick cloud to grey skies and rain….not quite the welcome we had expected but it was needed so much and the plus side was things looked greener for us.

     

    Our first experience of Australia was a Taxi driver that spoke very little English and did not know where he was going so we had a very interesting journey down to Woodcroft Park with him looking at the UBD perched on his lap for most of the journey – mind you his brakes were great, especially at emergency stops! Our first 15 minutes here were “oh my god what have we done and when is the first plane back” but it wore off very quickly.

     

    The meet and greeters were friendly and sat us down with instructions for sorting Tax File number etc as offices were closed as it was a Saturday. They launched into a list of recommended web sites to use which was highly amusing as Adelaide Bound was the first one they mentioned :shock: :lol:

     

    A quick stop at the supermarkets that afternoon left us very bemused at all the differences including how many types of milk there are! We saw lots of familiar brands but the fun bit was picking out the new stuff to try.

     

    We have met some lovely friends this week. The most special welcome came from the Tyke family where we were welcomed into their home for a lovely meal and great company on the Sunday. What could have been a very damp start turned into a good weekend.

     

    On Monday we hit the ground running by sorting our bank account, starting to look at rentals and picking up our car so we were mobile. We set off looking around areas to see what we would and would not like and looked at a range of rentals to see the differences in what was available.

     

    We have only seen a tiny portion of Adelaide but notice there is a huge difference. There is definitely something for everyone and please realize that this is only our personal view and others will be completely different. We did not really like much about the central suburbs from the CBD down to Flagstaff (roughly, remember only been here a week!). We had left a city and this definitely felt more like a city in this area to us, smaller houses and more crammed together. We looked around Seacliff and Kingston Park which felt too built up for us although lovely sea views from some areas here, Hallett Cove which had some lovely areas and some fantastic views and some steep hills! Flagstaff Hill was an area that appealed to us, very established and leafy with a sense of space, as with Woodcroft and Onkapringa Hills and the surrounds. We also liked Seaford and Port Noarlonga coasts where you can see the potential once the area is more established and the coastline is breathtaking!

     

    Beaches here are lovely even with the grey skies we have seen for much of the week so can’t wait for some sunny weather to see the infamous big skies.

     

    Paperwork side of things was pretty easy – we opened an account with Westpac in the UK so just went in with a passports to sort out activating it for use when we arrived, Tax file number sorted online, car registration and insurance sorted easy enough and medicare we will do next week. We joined the local library for internet access but also had wi-fi at Woodcroft Park and being able to go online made life so much easier for rentals etc.

     

    Rentals vary a lot – we have been to 3 opens and 4 private viewings on houses this week. We were very surprised as we were expecting to be crammed through the doors with hoards of people at the house viewings but the most we saw were 3 other families. The first 6 houses we saw we did not apply for as it was mainly judging what was about and getting a feel for the rentals around – plus although some were nice they were not right for us. We were amazed at some of the rentals, the condition in general and the price they were charging for some of them! Although it was quite amusing trying to watch a rental agent try to persuade us that $400 a week was a bargain for a dark wooden box of a house where you had to walk through a wardrobe in one bedroom to get to another :( :?

     

    On the Thursday we went to view a property in Port Noarlunga South which we immediately fell in love with. It ticked every single box we had and more. We were the only people viewing as the other family due had not arrived so we got the application in straight away. It was daunting as when you first view the form and ID list it makes you wonder how any of us will ever get a rental but the agency appreciate you have only just arrived and only took our passport as ID and accepted previous employment details along with a bank statement to show we could pay the rent. We sent the application in by fax at about 10am and got a call at 4.30pm to say the house was ours and pick up the keys today to move in over the next few days once we have sorted electric etc. It will be great to have a proper home again and to have the ocean outside our windows 8)

     

    Greg has got used to driving our huge 4x4 automatic and loves driving round Adelaide. After only ever driving a manual he has now been converted to automatics – especially with some of the junctions you have to shoot across! Thanks to most of the roads being laid out in boxes it is hard to get lost but must admit the TomTom has been worth its weight in gold this week traveling to rentals and meeting up with friends. It is very strange getting used to getting petrol on the right days as the price goes up and down depending on the day of the week.

     

    The people are as friendly here as everyone says which takes a bit of getting used to – that and someone packing your bags at the supermarkets. The whole air of Adelaide is much more laid back than we have ever known and the friendliness of people willing to help you out is just amazing. We visited a takeaway to pick up dinner on Tuesday and when Greg was walking through the centre the next day the guy shouted hi to him and asked how we were getting on – something that would never happen in our old lives.

     

    We feel we have been here so much longer than a week and are really looking forward to getting on with our lives here…….and a big shopping trip this weekend to get bits for the house until our container arrives :D

     

    Now we have the rental sorted hopefully now we can take more of a look around and see some of the attractions and what Adelaide has to offer.

     

    Enjoying life here in Adelaide

    Lisa, Greg & Dawn :lol:

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    Guest Guest75

    :D:D

     

    Top post Lisa.

     

    Glad you are happy so far.

     

    Still cannot believe how quickly you have found a rental :D

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    Guest happy-jools

    Phew Im worn out just reading what you guys have managed in your first five days.

     

    Hope all continues to go smoothly.

     

    Ive posted on the other side - but again, good luck with things and keep us posted. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Guest JR56

    Hi Lisa, Greg and Dawn,

    Lovely to hear how your first few days are going and impressions of Adelaide - just what we need to hear on this side!

    Enjoy your new lifes and keep all us PIA posted on your updates

    Regards

    Janet & Co

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    Hi Lisa

     

    Another great post - thank you - really enjoyed really all your comments - feel that I can trust your judgement.

     

    You sound like you're all sorted and up and running - I wouldnt expect anything less of you!!

     

    Cant wait to get there - 3 months and counting!!

     

     

    speak soon

     

    sarahx

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    Guest Django

    Thanks again for that Lisa. Looking forward to chapter two. :D:D:D:D

     

    Love the bit with the taxi driver. :lol: :lol: :lol: Are you sure you are in Adelaide and not Manhattan Island? :P :lol: :lol:

     

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    Guest graandjac

    Thanks Lisa, was looking forward to that and it did not disappoint hope all goes as well in the next few weeks, good luck and thanks :D:D

    Graham

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    Guest The Bowmans

    Hi Lisa, Greg and Dawn

     

    Thanks for the extended update - we are really impressed and heartened by how much you guys have achieved in less than a week.

     

    I am so glad that your initial experiences (apart from the taxi driver) have been so positive and your overview into the suburbs is really useful.

     

    Enjoy the weekend and happy shopping.

     

     

    Deen

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    Guest jen&ian

    Hi Lisa,

     

    Glad to hear all is going well, just hope I manage to be half as organised as you when we get over. All the best in your new home.

     

    Jen :D

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    Guest emmylou

    Hi lisa and co!

     

    Really good to hear that you have settled in, look at how much you have done!

    Good luck with the next few weeks.

     

    Take care

    Emma

    x

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    Guest G'n'T

    That sure is a lot to cram in to just 5 days!! :D

    sounds like you are doing really well so far over there, hope all continues to go smoothly, we leave in 12 days!! :D:D

    hope to read more from you soon, good luck

     

    Tracey

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    Guest stufi1997

    ohh guys iv'e got a tear in my eye tonight just reading this . its been 17 years since i was in aus but you've just brought back all of those memories. and it just gets better ...promise. i havent spoken to you directly but you have given us good advise so far, but weve been following you on your journey. we love you guys loads and are so glad for you. stu n fi. xxxxx :D

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    Well what more can I say. I've read your blog, got very jealous looking at the piccies of your beautiful rental & now your 1st post

     

    WOW You have achieved so much in a week, well done guys :D:D

     

    I am so pleased for the 3 of you, you make it all sound so simple. I know whose phone I will be ringing for help when I arrive :wink:

     

    Seriously, keep in touch, I really hope you get some sunshine soon. Its sunny here in the UK but mighty chilly at times, can't complain for May though :)

     

    Very Best Wishes

    Angela, Ashley & boys x

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    Guest philnjulie

    Hi michelle, greg and dawn.

     

    Glad to here your settling into aussie life, I'ts amazing how it's all come together in such a small amount of time. We should be over approx 9 june can't wait (although very nervous). Just in the process of buying a house so we can settle quickly. Anyway well done and keep posted.

    Julie and familyxx

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    Guest grants

    Hi Lisa Greg and Dawn,

     

    Have been waiting for your post and it was worth waiting for. I am so glad you have found a rental so quickly which will allow you to have a good base to work from. Noralunga does look a nice place and you definitely seem to get more property for your money.

     

    We have just arranged our medicals and have decided for convenience we are going to Plymouth but it is costin £880 for 2 adults and 2 children with 3 Xrays. I need more bloodtests than normal being in health profession so need HIV Hep B and C. Still not got a CO but thought we would frontload the medicals.

     

    Also just put the house on market and got 2 viewers tomorrow one of which sounds very promising as they are desparate to live in the road we are in. Thought better get medicals before we sign house sale. Imagine if we failed medicals and had already sold house it would be a nightmare as with stamp duty etc it would be difficult for us to rebuy in the same price bracket.

     

    Keep sending us the updates look forward to hearing about your new life.

     

    Jan, Shane, Oliver and Gabby

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    Guest bev_stef

    Hi Lisa Greg and Dawn

     

    Really pleased to hear you have settled into Adelaide ife so well. You really have a lot very quickly, my head would still be spnning trying to think what all needs doing.

     

    Keep enjoying, and we'll look forward to the next updates.

     

    Bev

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    Guest jen/nee

    Hi Lisa

     

    Great to hear you are there, and everything is starting to come together. It is nice to go through your adventure with you . It feels so real, keep posting.

     

    Cheers

     

    Jen :):):)

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    Hi Lisa and family,

     

    Great post! It almost feels like we're there with you! Hope everything continues to run smoothly for you all.

     

    Liz and Rich

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    Guest Guest75
    Found any spiders yet?

     

    :lol:

     

    I'll answer that one..............

     

    When they were at our house................. a White Tip.

     

    It was just hanging around but it gave them a chance to see what one looks like.

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    Guest taylor family

    Hi lisa,greg&dawn.

    :D glad to see you have got there. sorry not been on for so long have been very busy + not had computer we fly out on the 23rd may and arrive on the 25th.

    Is the caravan park good and would you recommend it if so send me there details please.

    better go lots to do hope to meet when we get there and have a fave to face chat.

    all the best alan & laura taylor fulwood preston

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    Guest dglamoore
    Found any spiders yet?

     

    :lol:

     

    I'll answer that one..............

     

    When they were at our house................. a White Tip.

     

    It was just hanging around but it gave them a chance to see what one looks like.

     

    I think you bottled that one and saved it just for us :wink: :lol:

     

    Life is good here - moved into our home now and all the electricals and furniture has been delivered - just waiting now for broadband so I can get my daily fix :lol: Sorted a unit this week for Gregs business which is available just as container is due to arrive so fate is being kind to us down under :lol:

     

    Now just looking forward to getting personal bits when the container arrives to make it feel homey.

     

    Caravan is good for a first base - only downside was when we moved out this morning. We were due to leave today (saturday) and had paid up til today but been taking most of our bits out and taking them to house. Went to give keys back, empty freezer and just double check we had everything to find they had already moved someone else in :twisted: :cry: so not too impressed with that.

     

    They just assumed we had gone even though we had the key and it was paid for, threw our food stuff away (not much but more the principal of it!!) and did not really seem to care when we queried it which was a bit of a downer :lol: but hey don't need it now !!

     

    Still loving it in Adelaide and for those of you waiting it is worth all the hard work and the loooong wait 8)

     

    Lisa

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    Hi Lisa

     

    Its great to hear you have also now secured a unit for work purposes, I am really pleased for you. You do make it look all so simple 8) 8)

     

    I just hope it runs as smoothly for us & everyone else :)

     

    Keep in touch

    Angela :)

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    Guest Twirly

    How fantastic to read of your first few days in Aus. We really appreciate the time you take to let us all know what is happening as we can learn so much from it.

     

    We can't wait - we leave on the 17 July! Our very best wishes.

     

    Twirly , Paul, Six and Muterly

    :D

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