Week 1 … well officially 4 days since we have landed in Oz.
We managed to get our whole 7 suitcases on the plane, stress free, charge free – top tips…look grey, haggard and emotional, and you’re be sure to get those bags on. Only wish we had packed more 😉 The flight…although long was completely worry free and Jonney made sure to get his fill of Singapore slings – I am sure the flight attendant loved us every 30min as we called him over for another cocktail!
Singapore airport….well you could stay there for days and never leave. There’s a hotel you can rent by the hour (dodgy), a swimming pool (expensive) , a butterfly farm (where we saw only dead butterflies), massage parlour (dodgy or not dodgy!). We loved it…and were glad to have a feet on firm ground, even if it was only for 3 hours.
24 hours since leaving the UK we touched down in Melbourne, were out the airport within the hour and in a taxi…well minibus to fit in all our bags…and en route to the hotel where we are living for 2 weeks. As we were so early we had to shower in the swimming pool / gym changing rooms and head out before our room was ready. Not ideal – and then the heavens opened and poured and poured with rain. Only a slight momentary panic that we had moved from one rainy city to another!
We completed our first day in Melbs having set up bank accounts, set up an Australian phone number (sort of), and decided where we wanted to live….now here’s hoping they accept our offer.
After achieving all the above we thought we had successfully avoided the dreaded jet lag – however 17 hours of sleep later…and then 2 hours of sleep the night after…not so much! Still think we conquered it now – with a whole uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep. Simple pleasures.
As we are in Oz…and because we needed just 1 photo to prove we had made the right decision, we went surfing on Saturday. An hour down from Melbs to Torquay (yes promise we aren’t hiding in Cornwall) we were jumping into the cold waters of the ocean and surfing! Well body boarding and falling into the water spectacularly (YOLO).
Now we are spending the next few days furniture searching on gumtree / ebay etc searching for bargains…turns out furnished flats in Melbourne are a rarity. But for now – we’re off for a run round the botanical gardens of Melbourne – and we might even end up at the beach again to end our weekend – oh the hardship!
Week 2 includes…going back to work for one, searching for jobs for the other one, and finding our way around the city!