Post-Emigration Update!

// February 22nd, 2008 // Kids, Life

Uniform Archie #2We’re settling in pretty well in the new land. In some ways it’s like we’ve never been away! The new house is a ramshackle beast, very roomy, set amongst a tangled jungle of weeds and exotic plants. I spotted a blue tongued lizard yesterday near the letter box but it quickly vanished into the undergrowth. There will definitely be some lizard hunts! On the downside, the landlords seem a little reluctant to spend any money fixing a couple of glaring issues (dishwasher doesn’t work, flooding in hallway when it rains). If we could get those sorted out, it’d be damn near perfect!

Archie has started at his new school, Marrickville West PS. All going well so far though he is only attending 2 hours a day over this transition period. It should start increasing soon. Harry is lucky to have found a spot for two days a week as there is a real shortage of preschooler places in the Inner West. He’s going to a child care centre which is a little more pricey but he can attend longer hours for those two days. We’ll see how it works out.

I have been working pretty much as usual, though as we haven’t had teh internets at home, I have been travelling into the city to a desk kindly loaned to me by a mate in Kent St. It has been great being in the hustle and bustle but the commuting is a bummer – either a half hour walk to the train station and then another half hour on the train; or a fifty minute bus ride, standing up most of the way. Still gotta suss that out, there must be a better way! Finally we have teh internets now so I am setting up shop in the basement room.

The BeastHave been enjoying all the stuff Sydney has to offer such as Ikea, much fun with the gays (Fair Day and Mardi Gras Parade coming up), slow traffic and the Marrickville Metro. Haven’t really caught up with any of our mates here yet but that will come now that we are finally settled!

Oh, and we have a nice new car nicknamed “The Beast” (or sometimes “Shrek” as it is large and green). It’s a 4WD Mitsubishi Delica van, seats seven, all the seats fold up to make it a van, or fold flat so you can sleep in it. We love it! But have to pick our parking buildings carefully as it is very tall – doesn’t fit in a 2m high gap.

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