We’re now 3 whole months into this expat journey and I’ve had a few people ask whether I feel settled in yet. The truth is, I never really felt like I had to settle in. We just arrived and carried on as usual – things have been incredibly easy so far. Either I’ve got a big shock to come, or the UK to Australia move is a pretty easy one. We’ll see, shall we?!
Settling into our flat ¦¦ We now have pretty much all the furniture, electronics and other sundry nonsense that you need when furnishing a new place. It’s beginning to feel like home which is very welcome for this nester here.
This is one of my very favourite possessions, the painting that belonged to my Granny. I am so, so glad it survived the journey over from the UK and it makes me so happy every time I look at it.
Our first visitor ¦¦ Hand in hand with furnishing our flat comes the ability to host visitors! And I’m so excited to welcome our first visitor, my cousin Emma. She has come here to study so she’ll be in Sydney for the next few months – even better! We had her to stay briefly before she moved into her accommodation in the city and it’s been so good to see her. We had a welcome dinner together with my sister, and Emma made the most delicious pavlova (how appropriate) whilst heavily jet lagged. What a pro.
Meeting moar blogging buddies ¦¦ I’ve loved meeting some more internet friends; I had a drink with Sam who lives just down the road from me and who was so friendly and helpful with all thing expat related. She moved here from the UK herself almost 10 years ago so everything I’m going through, she’s been there, done that and well and truly got the t-shirt. It was a very comforting chat! Last weekend I met Courtney, Travis and the adorable Leighton (she’s even cuter in person than in pictures would you believe?!) who kindly gave up their one free Sunday in months to have lunch with us and welcome us to Brisbane. Once again I’m so grateful for how nice people are on the internet!
A new project at work ¦¦ Things are FINALLY picking up for me at work! I’m so excited about it! I may not be for long as this one is going to be a lot of hard work, but at this point in time I’m just so happy to have something to sink my teeth into again that I really don’t care. I’ll be staying in Melbourne 4 or 5 nights a week for about 6 weeks, with a week in Adelaide thrown in for good measure. I’m excited to explore Melbourne in the very small amount of free time I’ll have, so any recommendations please let me know.
We also had a great team meeting, which happen quarterly, and this time it was hosted by the Sydney office. We had a pretty nice view for the day.
That was definitely a pinch-me moment. I live here!
Celebrating S’s birthday ¦¦ This month was S’s turn to celebrate his birthday in Australia. This one isn’t his first, unlike mine, but we did celebrate in true Aussie style with a barbecue in the park. Our local park has free barbecues (as do many parks in Australia) so we made full use. It was a beautiful day and we sat out and enjoyed the sun with some family and new friends for a surprisingly long time.
Then I took S to a cat cafe because #cats. A fun time was had by all, especially this guy who took my coat hostage. Yes, that’s my famous Tarjay coat. Loved by all, feline and human!
Look at that face. He wasn’t giving up without a fight.
Missing my best friend’s wedding ¦¦ Enough said. I’m still sad about it. Thanks for all your kind messages, they really helped. And just to update any interested parties, my bestie sent me a sweet photo showing the opal bracelet I gave her that she wore at the wedding. I bought it from the same shop here in Sydney that S and I got my engagement ring from (also opal), so I’m pleased we were connected in that way at least.
My sister is coming to visit… but I’m going to Melbourne ¦¦ After months of sitting around working from home, of course the minute my sister visits from the UK I’m going to be spending all my time in Melbourne. Still, we’re not going to let this stop us and I think she might be keen on a Melbourne trip herself so watch this space!
I’m finding the time zone challenge really hard! ¦¦ When you just have one person to call in a different time zone, it’s not so bad. But when everyone is in a different time zone, scheduling catch ups becomes very tricky! With a 9 hour time difference I can only really call the UK on Saturday or Sunday evenings, so that’s two people a week. When I’m not otherwise travelling, out, or not paying attention. So basically I just need to get my act together and start properly planning in calls, I think. Sounds a bit clinical but otherwise it just won’t happen.
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.
Anyone miss The Ugly last month? No..? Well I didn’t send one. So you’ll get a bumper edition this month. Aren’t you lucky?!