Our First Week in Australia!
Well here we are – our first week in Australia and we’ve made it through, despite the jetlag and general exhaustion!
We rented a furnished apartment in the city and I’m so glad we did – it meant we could get off the plane and have a ‘home’ to go to immediately rather than a temporary hotel.
The apartment is really nice with lots of room for Miss M to run around in. The Landlord’s stuff is pretty garish and old though so we’ve put a lot it it away and have been gradually buying our own. Kitchen things mainly that we need anyway.
I’d love us to buy our own house again ASAP so we’ve spent a lot of time driving and walking around the area getting to know it.
We had never even been to the city we’ve moved to before so it’s all so new! It was quite a brave decision to come here without knowing the area but we have friends here who love it and did a lot of research and we think it ticks all the boxes.
The city is a nice size with opportunities but nowhere near as big and busy as Sydney. I loved living in Sydney before but often found it too busy for me. I definitely found it too expensive!
The houses are much more affordable than Sydney too so I’m hoping we won’t have to live in a shoebox – we’ll see about that.
It’s a great place for kids too with lots of beaches and parks and good schools.
Unfortunately getting childcare is almost as competitive as Sydney but we’ve managed to get both kids in to the same one and they start in a couple of weeks. I start my new job in November and I’m so excited about it! We all met my new colleagues yesterday and they seem really lovely.
They have done so much to help us settle in, they looked around the apartment for us before we rented it to check it was ok and when we arrived they’d got us milk, bread, vegemite, beer, champagne and a big bucket of toys for the kids – how amazing is that?! They seem really family friendly which is wonderful.
As much as I’ve loved my mat leave, and I’m making the most if it being my last one, I’m really looking forward to starting work again and getting into a routine.
My office is a stones throw from the apartment and the beach is only a 15 minute walk away!
I love being near the water, I’d love to but a house on the beach but we’re not millionaires :). At least here, the beach is only ever really a 10 minute drive away.
Our apartment has a gym and a lovely outdoor pool so I had my first swim yesterday! I really should use the gym too as the weight I lost is starting to creep back on I’m sure – really must buy scales at some point!
There are lots of shops nearby and we’ve spent a lot of time setting up the apartment with the essentials we need and although my birthday isn’t until next month, I’ve already had my presents from Mr M as I saw them in a shop and loved them – I’ll post some photos soon :)
It hasn’t all been easy though – we had a mini disaster when we arrived!
The flight was immense, 27 hours of flying and waiting around at airports with a toddler and a baby just isn’t any fun.
The Trunki we got for Miss M really helped as it gave her something to focus on and when she was tired, something to sit on!
Inside were her favourite toys and stuffed toys including her very favourite one, “Dog Dog”. He’s her best friend and she adores him and won’t sleep without him.
Just before our last flight, which was a short internal one, Dog Dog came out if the Trunki and sat with us as we had a drink at the cafe at the Gate.
You already know where this is going, don’t you?
Yes, Dog Dog did not make it on board although we didn’t realise until we had gotten off the flight and Miss M had a major meltdown – argh! If you’ve seen the Peppa Pig episode where Peppa leaves Teddy on the plane – it was a bit like that but worse.
We didn’t know at that point if she’d left him at the airport or on the plane, we just knew that Dog Dog was gone and Miss M was devastated.
I was devastated and I would have happily swapped our 17 other bags for Dog Dog at that point!
The Qantas woman at the counter was no help but her colleague, who I think was ground staff was lovely and sympathetic and gave me a Lost and Found number to call.
It took me 4 different telephone numbers and 5 hours but Dog Dog was finally tracked down! He was retrieved from the cafe and put in a safe place but unfortunately Qantas wouldn’t post him to us and insisted we come back to the airport to get him. Um, that was a whole flight away! Luckily our cousin lives in the same city and very very very kindly drove to the airport to collect Dog Dog and post him to us. Hurray!!
So apart from that drama and the jet lag, we’re starting to feel quite settled now. It’s been as massive upheaval and we’re probably going to be very busy for a long time getting set up but we’re very happy to be in Australia :)
Have you been to Australia before? Let me know if you have and if you have any recommendations of where we should visit now we’re back!
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