Today marked another step towards moving Down Under: we paid our first ever rent in Australia! Yes, we’re still four weeks away from actually going there, but our rental agreement started anyway. Continue reading “Rent”
Just small little tidbits that we needed to get off of our chest.
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.
On our way home again
After a very successful and pleasant stay in our new home town in Melbourne and surroundings we are now heading home again. Bags are packed. Or rather stored at Olivers office. As we are will only be checking in a bag with emty bags.
For those interested you can follow our flights. If you have never tracked a flight before, do it, it is really cool. You get an almost live update of the location of the airplane during the flight. And you will have plenty of time, since we will be flying for almost 24 hours…..
www.flightaware.com or http://www.flighttracker.com
8 May QF 9 departure 22.55 (10.55 pm) flight from Melbourne to Dubai
9 May QF 8059 departure 09.00 (09.00 am) flight from Dubai to Hamburg
We will now still have a goodbye beer with Olivers colleagues, then we will still eat a bit and then off to the airport for our checkin. As unfortunately the online checkin did not work.
We can hardly wait to see the kids again, two weeks without them is a long time. Luckily we know that they are in good hands and are having a good time in Elmshorn!
A night on the town
After getting the good news, we decided that it was time for some R&R downtown.
She has arrived
After a long flight, Willemijn has arrived safely in Melbourne. Slightly tired and red-eyed, but in good spirit. Continue reading “She has arrived”
Getting to Melbourne should be easy, right?
I stopped breathing and my heart dropped when they scanned my passport and told me that there was no visa registered under my name. I managed to stumble out: ‘But I have the confirmation right here’. Continue reading “Getting to Melbourne should be easy, right?”
Back in Australia
You would think that flying gets easier with practice. That the 24 hours are more bearable, now that you’ve had some experience. And you’d be wrong. 24 hours is still a very, very, very long time to travel by plane – especially when you hit turbulence about 3 hours out and your stomach does not agree… Continue reading “Back in Australia”
An unexpected journey…
A family of four is taking the big plunge and moving half-way around the world. What an adventure!
In this blog we will collect some of facts, impressions and stories that we encounter along the way.