Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Settling In

After a whole day travelling we finally arrived in Australia in the early hours of Saturday morning. The flight was fine, Nick and I both managed to sleep for a good portion of it, which definitely helped.

It was about 10 degrees outside when we landed, however the next day this shot up to about 25 degrees, with 35 degrees forecast over the next few days! Quite a contrast to the icy cold conditions we left in the UK!

We got through customs and border control with no issues, they didn't want to look in our suitcases even though we had ticked three of the items to declare on the boarding card.

We are staying with my parent's who live in Carramar, a suburb to the north of Perth.

On our first day we just relaxed at home and had a few celebratory drinks in the evening, and the next day we headed down to the local beach for a stroll.

The water was beautiful, crystal clear and blue.

This week we are getting all the boring stuff sorted; bank accounts, recruitment agents, mobiles, tax numbers etc, etc. As well as relaxing and trying to get over the jetlag. During the day it's fine, but we both keep waking up in the early hours of the morning and not able to get back to sleep.

We brought over four suitcases and Nick's guitar, almost all our belonging in the whole world (we left one bag of stuff we couldn't squeeze in at Nick's parents). We can't really get unpacked that much though, as my parents have sold the house we are currently living in and we need to be out by the 21 Dec! So I think Nick and I will be earning our keep by packing and moving boxes.

This is my Dad's new car - it's a Toyota 4x4 converted into a camper! That's a pop-top roof up there! It's a bit rough and ready - so we may have a few more campervan makeover type projects in the pipeline to share in the near future.

We also just wanted to say a big thank you to both of our parents - without which we wouldn't have been able to do half of this. We really appreciate it!

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