Wait, what happened? I’ve been here two months already?!
This month I’ve been delighted to be able to go to Vivid at long last, taking multiple trips to see the lights wherever I could, I’ve been to a couple of films at Sydney Film Festival, and taken out a membership at Costco. It’s been all go. Here’s the nitty gritty…
We got a flat! ¦¦ It was looking tense for a minute there but I’m very happy to say we found a flat we both like, in an area we both like, and after an afternoon of deliberation we applied for it and found out we’d been approved the next day. I must say the education in Sydney real estate was fast and brutal, but there’s nothing like a steep learning curve to help you feel settled!
In the end we decided to go for a place in a more lively area, and accept that we’d need to stump up a bit more cash for it. If we only end up staying here for 18 months (#visaproblems yo) then I’d like to say we maximised our opportunities and lived somewhere where there’s stuff going on. Plus, the sunset views from our balcony are swoony.
We got stuff for our flat ¦¦ Flats here generally come furnished with nothing (notably no fridge or washing machine, although inexplicably for a hot country they usually have a dryer), and furniture and white goods are exPENsive here, even factory seconds or second hand stuff. We have been so lucky to have generous friends and family who have given us a sofa, shelving, a fridge and a washing machine – the latter two from people at church we’d never met before. How nice is that?!
Our stuff arrived! ¦¦ Yep, all 16 boxes of it. There were some mild shenanigans in the form of lift access fees (surely the presence of a lift is a good thing…?) and the fact our stuff was sat in a warehouse in Sydney for a good fortnight before they could be bothered to get their paperwork done and find a delivery driver, but no matter. What’s a couple of weeks after 2+ months without our things. Unpacking all our stuff really did feel like Christmas, and yes I had completely forgotten what we’d packed.
We already have visitors lined up ¦¦ I had thought that when we moved out here it would be crickets for a while, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. We’ve got my sister coming over from the UK in August and September, a friend of my husband at the end of September, my friend in November, and some more possible bookings next year. At this rate we’ll have to start listing our spare room on AirBnB! I’m really pleased folk have been so keen, I can’t wait to see them all.
I passed my skills assessment ¦¦ This is basically the first hurdle towards my permanent residency application. It was quite a significant hurdle so I’m very happy to have passed it! To celebrate, we went to a restaurant we discovered near us that serves South American food.
The cooler cabinet contained some other things I’m dying to try out, like a Colombian soup mix and some premade frozen empanadas. Yummmm.
I met some lovely internet friends ¦¦ So, my husband and I have been getting pretty sick of just hanging out with each other the whole time (the fact that both of us are currently working from home is NOT helping matters at ALL) and new friends are tricky to come by. So you can imagine how delighted I have been to be able to meet up with some readymade internet friends over the past few weeks. It’s been awesome. I’ve tried new food places and tried not to get lost in the crowds of Vivid with Sam, I’ve had Mexican with Erin and Kristen (plus special guest appearance from KC), and there was even a flying visit from a certain Kiwi.
It’s been so good to see friendly faces, and in the case of Erin and Kristen, to meet people I’ve internet-known for actual years yet have never met in person. I have more people besides to meet, and am now shamelessly putting myself out there. I figure at some point you just have to. So if you’re in Sydney (or Melbourne, I’ll be there for work soon), let’s go for a beverage!
Some of our stuff got broken in transit ¦¦ Of course it wasn’t the stuff we weren’t bothered about, no. It was the prettiest and most useful of our plates, a serving dish I adored given to me by my grannie, and most of the wine glasses the other granny gave me. I’ve started the process to file a claim on the insurance, but obviously you can’t claim back sentimental value. Still, I tell myself it was a risk we had to take. What else could we do? Leaving it behind wouldn’t have achieved anything other than burden someone else.
Renting sucks ¦¦ Yeah I won’t go on about this much because I know I’m in a very privileged position. All I will say is that I had forgotten just how rubbish some agents can be. Ours is a piece of work – not only ineffectual, but also just makes stuff up to try and fob us off so she doesn’t have to do any work. She doesn’t really make any effort to hide it either.
We haven’t explored much ¦¦ This month we’ve been mainly focused on flat hunting, flat securing, finding and moving aforementioned furniture and appliances, shifting stuff around in general, making multiple trips to Kmart, waiting in for deliveries, etc etc. It’s been necessary but a little dull, if we’re honest.
We’ve tried to squeeze in some fun stuff around errands however, like this incredible view we caught from the top of a Westfield, of all places. Pro tip: Bondi Pizza in Bondi Junction has a balcony where you can enjoy this view with sunshine and pizza. What more could you ask for?!
I’m hoping we’ll get more time to explore next month. As I dropped in above, I’ll be in Melbourne for work in August so I’m hoping to see as much of the city as I can around working hours.
I haven’t blogged much ¦¦ I have been so worn out by the moving process that I just haven’t found the energy to sit down and write about things. I’ve got our whole pre-pat trip to recap, and I’ve got so much I want to write about, but it just hasn’t happened. I’m also struggling to figure out how to go about it – I bounce between wanting to just write a straight recap, to thinking that’s dull, to trying to be more creative and failing miserably. Arg.
In case you’re new to these updates, I’ve decided to share 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.
Have you ever met an internet friend IRL? And do you prefer to read about people’s trips in recap style (we did this, then we did this) or about individual activities? Or listicles? Or… not at all?!