Oh my gosh, how has it been a month already since we landed?! I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front… mainly because I didn’t realise how much time had passed since I last updated you all. Anyway, a lot has happened this month so I’ll catch you up on what’s been going on, Yorkshire Brew in hand, ahh.
First of all, let’s talk about the dreaded job hunt. This began for me on the second week we arrived here. Jim already had a contract at a design agency lined up, he managed to get his foot in the door before we got here so he didn’t have to worry about handing CVs out and putting on his best British accent in the hope that someone would hire him… nope that was just me 👍. So, in preparation for the ‘job hunt’ I trudged to Office Works (the equivalent to our Staples) and printed out a load of CVs. 100 to be precise (LOL). Yeah I think I did go a bit over board with the amount of CVs I printed but I was expecting to get my walking boots on and spam every café in Melbourne with my ‘resume’, as they call it around this neck of the woods. I also obviously charged my Fitbit up in preparation for the job hunt too because I was sure I was going to hit my 10,000 step goal handing out 100 CVs. Anyway, I digress. Jim got up on Monday morning to head to his new role as a UX/UI designer (I know, fancy) and I set out with 100 CVs in hand, on the hunt for employment.
I sent Jim on his way with a load of good luck and off he went, into the design world, I couldn’t be prouder that he bagged a fab contract in an industry that he loves before we even got here. If he fell in a pile of shit he’d come out smelling of roses (nah jks he’s very talented and totally deserves it)! So my plan this particular Monday morning was to grab some breakfast before speaking to potential employers because obvs I got up too late to have breakfast and I’m no good at all without food. But as I was walking to find some grub I went by a little café and figured it would only take 2 minutes to hand a CV in. I went in, spoke to the manager and next thing I knew I had an apron on and I was serving flat whites, cappuccinos, piccolos and every other coffee under the sun… I had a trial shift on the spot and 3 and a half hours later I was offered the job and asked to start the next day. Happy days! So the dreaded job hunt went a lot smoother than I initially expected. After the trial shift I went back to the flat and ate everything I could get my hands on. How I got through that shift I don’t know, I was ravenous! Anyway, buzzing that I got a job that easily but now I have 99 CVs in a nice little pile in the corner of our room collecting dust. Classic.
Another thing I’ll have to catch you up on is the win I had a couple of weekends ago. Jim and I went to see the Book of Mormon but not the conventional way. What happened was our flat mates went to see the show and kept telling us how amazing it was so we decided we would try and get tickets to see what all of the fuss was about. So we looked online but they cost around $140 each (😅) for Saturday evening. Far too steep. Not giving up though, we went to the ticket office to see if there were any cheaper ones on the door. Anyway there wasn’t. But there was a lucky dip at 6pm on the Saturday evening, whereby if your name got pulled out of the hat you got front row tickets for $40 each, $40!!!!! So there we were in a room full of other hopefuls on Saturday evening at 6pm prompt and *drum roll* my name only got pulled out of the bloody hat!! Honestly couldn’t believe it, what’re the chances! The show was absolutely hilarious, I literally laughed from start to finish. The perfect way to spend a Saturday evening I would say, especially when the tickets were cheaper than a third of the original price!
Next on the list of things to talk about is food. This was obviously gonna get a paragraph to itself. I’ve already found my fave restaurant and Jim and I eat there far too often. Granted I haven’t eaten at every restaurant in Melbourne but I highly doubt anywhere can beat Kin Kat Ter, its a Thai joint and its amazing! Their green and yellow curries are honestly to die for and all for only about $15 each. AND it is a 6-minute walk from our flat… so yeah, obviously we go more often than weekly. In my experience you can eat out in Melbourne for not a lot of dolla (and not just at Kin Kat Ter), I honestly think I’m going to come home 5 stone heavier, the food here is just too good to resist 🐷.
To go out drinking on the other hand, well that’s another story. On average a pint of cider will cost you around $11 which is about £7.00. I suppose if you live in London this is normal but it came as a shock to the system to this northern gal. Despite the cost of alcohol, we haven’t stopped going out and socialising… and drinking our fair share of cider. We’ve met so many great people and it’s over a bevvy that you get to know people properly really isn’t it? So needs must ey?
There’s a ton of Brits in the same boat as us who we’ve got to know through both mine and Jim’s work as well as through our flat mates, so there’s always a familiar accent kicking around somewhere. As well as making new mates I’ve absolutely loved being able to meet up with old mates Down Under. Working at kid’s summer camp is where I met my Aussie pals and being able to see them on their own turf has been wonderful. Locals obvs make the best tour guides as well so we’ve got some trips planned with the Straya lot which will be fun!
A LOT has happened this past month but I’m all outta Yorkshire tea for now to keep me going. I’ll brew up again soon though so keep ya eyes peeled 👀.