It’s been four weeks since I stepped on a plane in Düsseldorf to begin my journey to Melbourne. Four weeks of getting to know the new city and new country that we will call home for the next few years. Four weeks of working together with my new colleagues and meeting new clients.
The impressions I have collected in these past weeks have been quite intense. From the tranquil mornings in the parks of South Melbourne to the parade on ANZAC day, from the copious amounts of – quite good – coffee being consumed here to the many houses and apartments I have seen, from footy to driving on the wrong side of the street.
But, besides all of that, I think what has struck me most is the open and friendly people I have encountered along the way. Striking up a conversation in the elevator and sharing a few comments about footy, or the pizza you are carrying, is the most normal thing in the world. The pinnacle of that was the border guard checking our passports when we left Melbourne. He actually engaged us in friendly conversation and we shared some jokes. I did not know border guards with a sense of humour were even allowed into the force. 🙂
I am very much looking forward to living in this far-away part of the world and I cannot wait to bring the whole family there. I hope that the kids will enjoy it as much as we have.