scooterdan

Nearly 6 months....LONG POST!!

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    On the 28th April 2008 I began a new life.... Me and Steph left my parents house at 9.30am with both sets of parents and sisters in tow...and 4 suitcases. I travelled down with my family and Steph with hers. The journey was quiet, I dont think actually thought that day would come....but it did and it came quickly for me. We travelled from Tamworth to Heathrow stopping for a meal along the way at what would be the last proper 'British Pub'.

     

    Conversation went well considering the reasons we were there, photos were took and memories were made. It was the last meal we would have with our families for a long time.

     

    We cotinued to Heathrow, this time the journey was almost silent. You could feel peoples emotions starting to surface. When we arrived at Heathrow we had 5 hours till our flight at about 10pm. The checkin was open 3 hours before the flight so we had 2 hours to pass. We had a snack and some drinks, but everyone knew what was coming and just didnt mention it. We found out that the checkin had opened early and we decided to just go and get it over and donw with. The checkin was easy...we got our double allowance with no probs and our seats were the ones we had already reserved. So with the bags gone there was only one thing left to do.

     

    The goodbyes our side departures were very emotional and tears were from everyone....i've only seen my dad cry twice and this was the second. I knew my mum and my sisters would cry and boy did they!! Stephs family were no different.... the floodgates just opened. My mum gave both me and Steph St. Christophers. I dont know who but some one said 'Dont look back....' We walked through the door and we didnt.... The goodbyes were heart wrenching. We had been told not to take family to the airport, but we did and I am glad in a way, although it was the hardest thing I have done.

     

    The flights with Singapore were great, no complaints. We only stopped in Singapore for 5 hours...time for showers and a meal....and back on a plane. I slept for most of the first leg...so was wide awake for the second making it long and boring.

     

    We landed at Adelaide airport at 8am on 31st April....in the rain...the last thing anyone expects... We were met by the free SA Meet and Greet service, they were friendly and gave us a ride to our rental and loads of info including a UBD. They took us shopping to Brighton Foodland....was a shock....the supermarket was tiny and reminded me of an old Happy Shopper!! Asda and Tesco it was not..... We only got the basics and went back. By this time, although they were great, I just wanted the M & G people to go away...sounds nasty, but we wanted time to take some info, sights, sounds and smells in. Our rental was in Marino, a small bedsit but big enough for 2 of us...would recommend it to any couples as great base to start. We were minutes from the train station..which would become our lifeline till we got a car.

     

    After a cuppa the first thing we did was walk to the beach...the closest being Seacliff.....it was just surreal...finally being here and being too tired to care. We lasted until 9pm and we asleep until about 11am the next day.....

     

    With in the first day we had done TFN(internet), driving licence(in the city), applied for Medicare cards(in the city too) and went to Westpac...we had opened the account in the Uk 6 months before so was just a case of identifying our selfs. To be honest I found most of these processes quite straight forward...we had visited a tourist office and got a map with all the important government places marked one....and a collection of train, tram and bus timetables to fine our way. We also got mobile phones each....just we had number to pass to job applications.

     

    I think the public transport here is excellent....some may agree and some might not but I do. The '2 hour ticket' is great.....

     

    The rest of the first week here we visited the usual places like the city, glenelg, and marion and a range of beaches. Every was new and unfamiliar.....

     

    We bought a car in the second week....a small 1991 Mazda 323....its a great little car and cheap to run. Car was from a place called 'All About Cars' on South Road. Second hand cars cost quite a bit more here, which for some cars here is shocking!! But...as good as public transport is a car is a must.

     

    The second week I used some of my contacts, made before we left, to find me a job. I had 2 interviews and got offered both jobs. I choose the one that sounded the best and started the week after.....i last 4 days, it was rubbish....not what the interview made it sound like. On the thursday, when I got home I told Steph I wasnt going back. I rang the job I turned down, explained the situation....amazed to be offered the job again...took it!! Better money than the last too....! I actually earn more here than in the UK. I am still in this job and its great....It was also a relief to be earning money again.

     

    Steph was looking for jobs in retail....they seem to want degrees for shop work here. Steph had interviews but never heard back of any....seems normal here! Eventually after 3 months Steph landed a job at a jewellers....more of a salesperson position. She didnt like it but perservered with the 15 hours a week they gave here. During this time we were looking for a rental, as we needed to be out of our bedsit. We first looked in the common area like Hallett Cove....but we decided that it was a bit far out for us. We wanted to closer to city, beach, night life and everything really. We chance upon a new build in Oaklands Park in the Real Estate section of The Advertiser and went to the open. The house is great and we applied immediately for it....we found out we had it about 2 days later. We found the rental process really fast and efficient. We moved in at the beginning of July.

     

    We bought nothing with us at all....so bought all our furniture here brand...the haggling is unusual but you get used to it. We shopped at Le Cornus, Ikea, Truscotts and bought second hand goods of PIA, and anywhere we saw with good prices. We furnished our home for a about $4000.

     

    Unfortunately on the same day Steph lost her job...was told it wasnt 'working out'....so of course the job hunting started again. All the interviews and no call backs. After another month a casual job at Le Cornus customer service came about and Steph started there....got 2 full weeks and not heard from them since. The joys of casual. So the job hunting started again......it went on this way for a few more weeks. I mentioned to mate at my job that she was looking.....and he knew the local Foodland manager....2 weeks later she is full time in Foodland....Adelaide is defo a 'who you know' city. If you have contacts...use them....!!!

     

    We have made some good friends here so far....and had wonderful times. We still miss old friends and making new ones takes time and hardwork....you have to get out and meet who you can. I think we all say we will integrate with the Aussies.....but it takes time....we are only just meeting our neighbours and having beers with the lads at work. The friends we have made here so far have been priceless in keeping us focused.

     

    We have had bad times too.....Steph has had homesickness a lot more than me....and is only just getting over it....but she is ademant we are here for 2 years at least. We speak to our family once a week through Skype.....Thank god for the internet!!!

     

    When I first saw Adelaide the city and the beached are lovely.....when you get in the suburbs, some like terrible......some look better. It kind of grows on you and you accept it for being what it is.....a bit slow, laid back.....but its defo a culture shock!!! The shops dont have the choice you are used too....the pubs are different....the drivers are crap....but your learn to get round these....and go with the flow!!

     

    Right now we are loving it here, coming up to 6 months and we are only now starting to settle....

     

     

    just looking forward to seeing the summer now.....there is so much more to see!!!

    ;)

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    Guest vikkiann

    Daniel

     

    It was fabulous to read your honest post.

    We have been advised against taking our families to the airport. I don't think i could handle it emotionally.

    Good luck for the future.

     

    Vikki

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    Guest Trakki

    Great update Dan thanks. We are just starting out and getting to grips with everything. Will have to meet up sometime.

     

    Take care and glad you are happy and getting settled

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    What a great post Dan. I am so glad to hear your story so far, warts and all and can't wait to get out there to meet with you and the other PIA's on the famous lads night out. :)

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    Good post Dan and Steph. Good to read your starting to feel settled and enjoying Adelaide life. 6 months! Time goes so quick here i swear they only have 6 day weeks!!

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    That was really lovely to read and a real insight, makes you stop and really think about it for a minute instead of just being a giggling idiot about the thought of moving to Australia.

    Made me quite sad thinking of saying goodbye but we are all going to have to go through that, think you are really brave doing the airport thing. We cant possibly do that, the thought of my mum saying bye to her 2yr and 1yr old grandchildren!

    Thanks for the post

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    Great post, got a lump in the back of my throat and a little tear when I read the part about goodbye's, I'm dreading that myself but its got to be done. Glad things are starting to settle down for you both now. Look forward to reading your future posts, good luck.

    Jo x

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    Guest graandjac

    :)Great post dan , glad to see things are comming along nicely, your spot on with the culture shock thing........there is nothing to compare to the uk.

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    Great post guys - really enjoyed it, this is why I love this sight - so much "real" information.

     

    Thanks again.

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    Guest bobby

    well done dan &steph me bob and stephs dad r very proud of u both just read your 6 months in ozz land keep at it the both of u will get there thats life the ups and downds take evering thing that life throws at u

     

    love u both and prince and jasper toyha

     

    peter stephs dad & bob,< a ten pound pom>

     

    anybody thinking comeing back think twice

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    Guest Greg and Karen

    Great post Dan, you've hit a few nails on the head there mate. And you are spot on about the drivers here, bl**dy useless and no manners!

     

    Despie this its only been a month for us but already we know this is the place for us as long as the work situation pans out.

     

    cheers,

    Greg

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    Guest sjs

    fantastic post !

     

    we arrive 01/11 so it gives us a dose of the reality of it all :goofy: and another 2 friends to add to your list :idea: as we will be needing those !

     

    all the best

     

    sjs

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    Nice post, Thanks Dan and Steph.

     

    I am dreading the goodbyes, leaving my dad and baby brother (he is 37, btw!); but have justified the move to myself already.

     

    I do hope Steph is settling in her job, what rotten luck she's had, and hope hers is the exception to the rule, otherwise, my OH wont be a happy chappy.........not to mention my teenager, who will be "on the market"

     

    Good Luck with the rest of it!!

    Jane

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    hiya, oh what a brilliant read i also had tears (iam defo not taking my family to the airport ) wishing you all the luck in the world and cant wait to here more. love carolyn

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    Guest Lulujim

    Good post. :) Very testing time you've had (really can't believe it's been 6 months - crazy) but sounds like you're settling now, hope it starts to feel like 'home' soon. Good for you x

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    Guest mOZzy

    hi dan and steph!!

    i can't believer it's been almost 6 months since we said good bye to you :err:

    glad to hear that things are starting to fall into place - and well done steph for not giving up!!!!!!!!

     

    hope to meet up with you on our trip in november!!

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    Guest swampo

    Dan, Steph,

     

    Great post, honest and heartwarming. We both look forward to seeing you again on 15th November on Henley Beach.

     

    Kev & Mall

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    Lovely post Dan & Steph. Very honest post. Nice to hear that you are settling slowly. Nobody said it was easy. Good luck for the future and who knows we may meet one day.

    Alison x

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    Hi Dan

     

    Great post, I really enjoyed reading it...you're doing well if you're feeling settled this early on as it's taking me ages to get to that point. Interestingly I too am from Tamworth originally but before moving out here spent 12 years or so in the South West.

     

    Dette

     

    :)

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    Guest The Wise Family

    Hi Dan & Steph

     

    Loved reading your post. Brought tears to my eyes too having said our goodbye's only two weeks ago. We weren't brave enough to do it at heathrow! My fourteen year old cried all the way on the plane and half way here! But she is doing better than the rest of us put together. Glad you are settling in ok and look forward to meeting you in november.

     

    Gina x

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