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July 7th 2013
Published: July 7th 2013
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We are now truly settled in Darwin and just loving the lifestyle and fantastic weather. Pete and I were very fortunate to be offered the first jobs that we applied for so Pete is working at the local supermarket as a shelf filler and I am a sales consultant for Travelex at Darwin Int'l Airport. It is wonderful to receive payslips after so long and see our bank account climb upwards instead of always dipping downwards! We are in with a great bunch of fellow permanent dry season campers and share a laugh with them most nights during our happy hours!

We are both biking to work and feeling fitter because of it. Darwin is very flat so it is not difficult to bike anywhere and have even biked to the city which took an hour each way. At 33 degrees most days we certainly appreciate the swimming pool in the camp ground to cool us off for sure. At least the nights are a little cooler but an oscillating fan going all night is definitely a must with some people using their air conditioners to keep cool.

There are some brilliant restaurants and bars in Darwin and we have tried out quite a few since arriving. Down on the wharf in the city they have a whole row of restaurants with outdoor dining where huge fish can be seen in the water waiting hopefully for diners to throw them some tit bits.

Darwin is very tropical with beautiful palms and other flowering trees everywhere so biking or even touring around in a car is really enjoyable. The city is growing fast resulting in expensive rents and house shortages so a great place for investors at the moment.

We have a pet/house sit arranged for late November in a nice suburb in Perth for 5 weeks so all going to plan we will try to get a weeks holiday in Bali before setting off on the road again to visit all the towns and beaches on the way there.

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7th July 2013

Hi Suzanne and Pete Good to get your blog and glad you like Darwin. I really liked it in the few days I was there some years ago. I was wondering where you had got to! Sounds like a good idea to stay there for a while, nice weather, nice jobs and nice life! Very cold and wet in Melbourne so north is the place to be! I am trying to rememeber where there is a small museum (I think it was run by the RSL) It ran a film show about the Japanese invading Darwin during the war and then a film on Cyclone Tracey. It was a nice place to visit. Only small but very interesting. Hope you can find it. Take care of yourselves, and keep in touch, Love Kyra
7th July 2013

Darwin museum
Hi Kyra Great to hear from you too. Pete and I visited the museum on our last trip here but we do intend to go again before we leave. Yes, the weather is great so no complaints there. Can't remember the last time that I put a pair of jeans on! I will keep in touch. Take care Suzanne and Pete
11th July 2013

great to hear from you
Glad your going so well and still at it How many klms have you done now? youve nearly been everywhere what a great adventure all the best lucky ducks Robert
15th July 2013

Hi Robert, Great to hear from you too. Still waiting for some of your photos of your trip to the Himalayas! Would love to see a shot of you in the mountains with all your gear on with a sherpa by your side! Yes, we certainly are enjoying Darwin, although it would be nice if, we had a car to drive around in now that we are settled here for a while. We used to laugh at all the caravanners and just how long it used to take them to set up and pack up before they could move. Now it is us that they are laughing at as we have to close all our windows, put the awning away etc to go out for the day, where as they just jump in their 4WD's. Nevermind, at least we are getting fit and getting plenty of excercise on our bikes.
16th July 2013

Glad to hear that you love Darwin. It is a beautiful city and very easy to live in. We love it there and will have to get back there oneday. We have some sad news, Mum passed away on the 10th of July. Sad for us not so sad for her as her quality of life was not good. Enjoy the beautiful weather, it is freezing here. Look forward to hearing from you again Love Dawn and Howard
18th July 2013

Hi Dawn and Howard So sorry to hear about your mum. We both send our condences during what must be a very sad time for you. Irene will now be in a better place and no longer suffering. She had many many wonderful years with a lovely family so definitely a cause for celebration there which I am sure would what she would have wanted. Will keep in touch. Suzanne and Pete

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