So it’s now been a month since we landed on the sunny shores of Sydney, and it’s about time for an update because SO much has happened. Without further ado let’s get to it.
Getting paperwork sorted ¦¦ On our first working day in the city we managed to tick off most major stuff – we got our (partial) Medicare cards and our Tax File numbers sorted. I got myself a super fund not long after and it wasn’t even that painful. Centrelink isn’t exactly the most fun place to hang out but it seems to be run relatively efficiently, the lady we saw didn’t mind us asking questions, and pro tip they have free printers for you to use if you need to.
Being able to borrow a car ¦¦ On the day we landed in Sydney my sister’s parents in law informed us we could borrow their car, and would we like to go and get it right now?? So we did and we’ve been driving it ever since. It’s a stately dame of a car but I’m terrified we’re going to do it some harm (it’s like a member of the family and at 20 years old it’ll be graduating Uni any day) so driving it has been a bit tense.
Buying a car! ¦¦ Turns out second hand cars in Australia are REALLY expensive. They hold their value extremely well, possibly because of the good weather? Anyway, the price difference between a 10 year old Golf and a new Mazda 2 was negligible, and the hassle factor difference was significant, so we went with the new car. I’m very excited! It’s our first ever new car! We pick it up tomorrow and I can’t wait.
Familiarisation exercises ¦¦ We’ve been doing all sorts of things under the heading of Familiarisation. It’s essential you know.
We’ve had Gelato Familiarisation:
[The Copper Pan, St Ives]
[Dock Dot, Melbourne]
Local Currency Familiarisation:
[My brother in law had a lot of spare change he hadn’t sorted. So we did it for him one afternoon. It was actually pretty fun sitting in the bank sorting through alllll those coins. And he generously paid for lunch the next day with the proceeds, which was unnecessary but greatly appreciated]
Sausage Sizzle Familiarisation:
Lots of food I can eat ¦¦ In contrast to last month where I had a lot of plain boiled rice and not much else, I’m loving the gluten free options on offer in Sydney. There is so much, both in supermarkets and out and in restaurants. I’ve had delicious Lebanese, Thai, pizza, and even a gluten free afternoon tea. Because that’s one habit I’m bringing here from the UK! Review coming soon, don’t worry Kelly…
My colleagues are nice ¦¦ All of them have been super friendly and welcoming, and my new boss(es) are lovely. We had a meeting all together in Melbourne in my second week and it felt good to be part of the team.
Cat sitting ¦¦ One of my colleagues has been away so we’ve been looking after her cat and flat for her. The cat is very pretty.
The flat has been very useful to use as a workspace as S and I are both working from home at the moment. The cat is very cute, as you can see, but likes to walk heavily on my stomach at 4am.
Work is a bit slow ¦¦ My work is project based so there are peaks and troughs. I’m quite used to it but coming to a new place and being immediately in a trough is quite hard. At least my colleagues are nice and very understanding though, my boss keeps apologising!
We can’t figure out where to live ¦¦ Such a first world problem! We are in a lovely city, with no immediate rush to find a place to live, and we just can’t seem to decide which bit we want to live in. Feel sorry for us! No but seriously for some reason we just can’t seem to agree on where we want to go. Or a budget. Or what matters to us. I want somewhere with stuff going on but relatively peaceful and with lots of trees (I’m not exactly a party animal) but S wants to live somewhere as busy as possible. So we’ll see how that one goes.
No routine ¦¦ I never thought I’d say this, but I do miss having a routine. More than anything else it’s throwing my meal planning game completely off, which I do not enjoy.
As before, I’ve decided that I’ll be sharing The Ugly side of things via email. That way, I can share a bit more honestly on things like work and personal matters that I don’t want searchable on t’internet. Seeing as you’re all my friends, I’d just feel a bit happier doing it this way.
So if you want to know The Ugly, just put your email address in the box and I’ll add you to the list. You’ll get mail from me 2-3 days after you see this post, just to give everyone a chance to sign up who wants to. There was no Ugly last month because I was on holiday and really, that just felt a bit too whingey. So it’s back with a vengeance this month.
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