Popular Post BriD Posted February 7, 2014 Popular Post Report Share Posted February 7, 2014 And here we are...finally in Melbourne, Australia... The last days before our departure were terribly difficult...saying goodbye to family is by far the worst part of this process ever. The not knowing when you will see them again is hard. It has been a long time since I have cried so many tears in such a short time.My IL's dropped us off at the airport. We had a coffee with them...and then the last of the goodbyes...lots of tears and we walked off towards passport control...waving at each gap behind the check in counters until we lost sight of them. A poignant moment...the moment we walked off into our new life.The flight to Sydney was ok...there were some turbulent sections where even the air hostesses were told to go to their seats. Imagine me gripping the arm rests with the nails while the rest of the family slumbered through the bumpiness. The joys of being a light sleeper lol! Finish that off with a delayed arrival into a misty windy Sydney with the prayers renewed as we came into land. As we taxi'd to the parking I was chatting to the lady behind me and the air hostess...the lady had immigrated from SA 25 yrs ago...the air hostess was the child of a couple from Greece who had immigrated before she was born. We all ended up in tears together...Once in the airport we had to rush rush rush...through customs, get our 8 giant bags, along with our 7 pieces of hand luggage and 2 whiney children...try and get through baggage check...was not stopped thank goodness...rush to the domestic transfer terminal...drop bags off again...drag whiney children through another baggage check and into the area where you wait for the bus to take you to domestic terminal. Get there...go to gate and practically go straight onto the plane...eish! Cutting it fine!Arriving in Melbourne, there was a bit of confusion with the taxi we booked. The people obviously underestimated how much space 8 big bags would take and we had to find another taxi to take us to our hotel. No worries, we were sorted pretty quick. Went to Waverly International Hotel in SE Melbourne. Took a walk down the street at 8h30pm to find somewhere for dinner. Found a lot of Asian and Vietnamese restaurants...lovely vibe and good (expensive) food. Was good...walked back in the dark (such a foreign concept to be ok with this) and went to bed. At 2am...3/4 of us were wide awake...took a good 2 hours to fall back to sleep...Jet-lag bah humbug!In the morning, hubby popped to the bank, bought a sim card for our tablet, we took a taxi to our apartment. Met the agent, got the keys.Our apartment is awesome! Just the perfect size for us to start off...easy to clean and in a lovely area. 50 metres down the road is a mini park and it is a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood. We finally decided to call a car rental company and had them deliver to us a car which we will rent for a week. Cost $50 to have it delivered...but saved us in sanity and time. As soon as it was delivered we went off to The Good Guys with our list of appliances we needed. The assistant was great, really knew his products well and gave good advice. The only problem with that outing was the kids...hells bells!!!! I am sorry to say that they were terribly badly behaved. Using all their pent up and energy and boredom to completely ignore their parents and any bribery of any kind and were complete hooligans!! Running and screaming and going on despite urgent whispers from us (especially me...I got Laryngitis 2 days before we left SA and it still has not cleared...think about how effective a mother with a hoarse tiny voice is...puhlease ) Anyways...seems the shop staff were not perturbed...even gave them each a free toy at the end of the shopping trip...sheesh. We then braved the bed shop...fell in love with an EXPENSIVE bed....but figured...hell, we gonna sleep on this thing for 10 years, it needs to last and be comfy. So we bought it, origionally the guy said they could only deliver on Saturday...but quickly changed his tune when I asked for his card saying we would think about it after popping past Harvey Norman. Suddenly we could have it the next day. Signed and sealed.Last stop was to another bedding shop, we bought 4 pillows and 2 airbeds. Again very friendly and helpful staff. I swear every store builds in a discount automatically to their products because discounts were given at every store we went to!We returned home to our apartment to face the chaos of unpacking 8 bags with little to no cupboard space for the huge amount of clothes we brought...omw. I never realised how many clothes I had until I was faced with the tiny cupboard space... Anyhoo...we managed to find place for everything. All worked out in the end.Yesterday we received all our appliances at the exact time they said they would arrive! Shock horror! And then our bed arrived on time aswell...only problem was that they could not get the base up the narrow stairwell.... Delivery dudes reckoned that we would need to exchange it for a split base. My hubby told them to just leave it in the foyer downstairs and he would think about it. Anyways in true engineer form...he formulated a plan. We bought some rope and together we pulled the base up to our 3rd floor balcony and installed in successfully in our bedroom! Whoop whoop! Wonder what our neighbours thought when they saw the base going past their window!! LOL!Hubby went to VIC roads in Camberwell to apply to convert his licence. Seems you have to make an appointment and the earliest he could get was for the 18/02. I phoned the call centre and managed to get us both earlier appointments for the 14/02. So a word of advice...as soon as you get here...specially I would imagine in the bigger centres, phone the central call centre and book the appointment so you don't waste any time. You need a driver's license to organise Telstra Internet and TV bundles etc.Yesterday afternoon, we went to Amy's new school. Really loved the look of it...got a good feeling We will need to go buy her uniform on Saturday and she will start school on Monday. Also popped past the Town Hall. Got a lot of useful and informative pamphlets there. One of them parking rules and another a booklet of anything child related etc...especially kindy's...gonna be looking for one for my son. Seems they are in super high demand and it is hard to find a place. So hold thumbs I find one for him!Finally after dinner at about 6ish we took the kids down the road to a little mini park 50 metres from our apartment to play. They had such a ball...then we took a walk around a couple of blocks. Was exactly what they needed... Was nice to relax a bit too.Today we went on a proper grocery shop at Coles...took a while but we sorted now. Then hubby went off to the bank to sort a few things and went to Telstra to buy a portable pay as you go router thingy...until we have our Aussie drivers licences we cannot get any contracts. Earliest we could get an appointment was for the 14 Feb!!This arvie we started the looking for a car process. Decided to try Toyota first. Like the look of a run around like a Yaris. They were having a sale on 2013 Yaris's. They really went above and beyond the call of a sales person...cos the only one they could get for us will arrive beginning March. And we cannot rent a car for a month!!! So the manager offered us a loan car at no charge until our new car arrives!!! Feel so blessed and gobsmacked at the lengths people go to here to help you. We fetch the loan car tomorrow morning, and will drop the rental off early! YAY!!Lastly...a rather funny or not funny situation depending on how you look at it. When we arrived at our flat...there seemed to be a hang of a lot of flies...lying on the floor buzzing around etc. I thought...well people said there were flies in Aus...maybe this is normal! Had my daughter sweeping up dead flies into a pan every 10 minutes...thought...shoo whee this is a bit extreme. A day or so later my cousin contacted me saying his MIL had been to the flat the day before we arrived and had expressed concern about a pest problem...were there flies? So then I realised maybe it wasn't normal. Anyways...they organised a pest dude to come out. Seems a rat died a while back in the roof...though no smell..the presence of blowflies indicated maggots...so he sprayed the roof and said it would all be sorted by tomorrow. We found it funny...I guess because we actually thought it might be normal...not knowing the fly situation in Aus personally. LOL!So far...been too busy to contemplate what we have left behind. Feeling really happy and relaxed at the moment...feels like we have been here weeks already...but it's only days. Love it here...was the best decision for us!!Hubby hard at work looking at Seek and will be going hard at the job search now that we are here. Hoping it does not take too long!Anyways...that's all from me for now folks. 20 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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