Published: November 29th 2005November 29th 2005
Searching for an abode!
Me getting aquainted with the local news and about to start house-hunting.
Well, here I am. Millions of hours of flights (slight exaggeration), and passport control has let me in! Silly silly people!
The airport departure was as emotional as expected. Thank you to those who wanted to come down but understood my selfishness in only wanting the direct family. Little neice Mikayla was the most in control, simply repeating "bye bye tracey", as she had done for several weeks. I felt for the person sitting next to me on the flight as I sniffled through most of the kms to Sydney. A look in the mirror once there revealed that tears had sent mascara running down my face - how attractive! No wonder the flight attendants gave such sympathetic looks.
A long wait in the customs line in Sydney with a massive group of Japanese students ahead of me. Had just enough time to buy the essential Vegemite and Freddo Frogs before the flight was called.
The flight between Sydney and Singapore was about 7-8 hours. Managed to sleep for about 3 hours of that. Not a bad flight at all. At least it was better than the girl next to me who had to make use of my
The family waiting for my flight to be called in Adelaide. I was still in denial at this point!
sick bag after finishing with her own - poor thing!
A couple of hours in Singapore allowing time for a shower made all the difference for the travel. Way to go parentals for the gift of Qantas Club membership. Back on board and sitting next to 2 Aussies. One was heading to Amsterdam for a job interview, the other back to London where he had been working for the last 5 years. That was great for plenty of advice. Oh, Cam, I thought you'd be happy to hear that he reckons London is the best place to be in the world if you're single - look out pommy ladies! (sorry Anne)
Landed in Heathrow around 1130 but long waits ahead - for runways to become clear and a very long wait through passport control, even for those of us in the work permit line. I got checked by a fun guy who was obviously training a newbie. So was interesting to hear everything he was explaining about how it works and what decisions are made. He offered to add several zeros to the salary reported on my work permit if I took the two of them out to
my life in 3 bags
Thanks to Kirsts great winter packing skills - I got here in 3 bags. Great effort me thinks. Summer stuff coming by sea.
dinner but of course didnt follow through when I agreed. Instead he sent me to health control (compulsory for anyone working in the health/medical industry for over 6 months). But they just took one look at me and sent me onwards! Mustn't be looking too diseased then!
A bus and short train ride and I was at the uni within an hour. Staying in a guest room at the uni for the first week. What a dump this one is compared to the one I had last time. Same design but the last one must have been recently refurbished. Several lights and the phone dont work in the room and the showers aint pleasant. Should have put those thongs in after all Kirst! Never mind. I'm a camping girl, I can cope. The heater works so I've gotta be happy with that.
On the topic of heat, or lack thereof... they weren't lying, it's cold here.
Todays forecast was -3 degree min, +3 degree maximum! Sure felt like it too! My clock registered it as 11 degrees in my room with the heater on this morning. Nice! Not finding it too bad so far though. Might be a
the essential purchases
Necessary purchases from duty free and inflight shopping!
different story when I have to cope with it for several months I guess. I'm predicting many hours warming up inside pubs in the area.
Haven't found a place to live yet. Tried searching the net last night but exhaustion prevented every idea of productivity there. Over 11 hours sleep certainly helped last night. Have now found a few potential share houses that I will view over the next couple of days. Good luck to me!
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