WE ARE HERE! Landed safe and sound in Melbourne and I couldn’t be any more excited! This past week has been crazy busy. We’ve been doing a lot of exploring in an attempt to try and get our bearings around the city (Google maps is still my bezzie at the mo though). We’ve also been doing a lot of coffee drinking, because Melbourne does coffee WELL, and sleeping in an attempt to get over the horrendous jetlag. So yeah, that’s why I haven’t gotten a post together sooner. Anyhow, I’m sat comfy in a coffee shop now and long black in hand (that’s what they call an Americano here, still not quite used to that one) I’ll give ya the low down on what our first week in Melbourne has been like.
First off I had to say goodbye, that was tough. There were plenty of tears shed at the airport. That was always going to happen though, I really am a sensitive soul and like I’ve said before I’m one of a really close family. But goodbyes done, and a few (okay a lot) of tears later, we’re finally in duty free in Newcastle airport and I’m spraying myself with 17 different perfumes and feeling slightly sick from the clashing scents. Classic.
Let’s talk about the 26-hour journey to get here. Oh my gosh, it was LONG! We Flew from Newcastle to Amsterdam which took us about 1 hour 20ish, this bit was easy. Then we flew from Amsterdam to Guangzhou in China and it took us 11 hours!! 11 bloody hours!! What do you do for 11 hours on a plane?!… I tell ya what you do, get absolutely addicted to Designated Survivor (would recommend)! In between episodes of Designated Survivor and chatting to the Dutch guy next to me about his visit to China to see his girlfriend he hadn’t seen for 5 months (I know, cute), I tried to catch some Zs. As much as I tried to sleep though I just couldn’t. My body knew it was being manipulated when the lights went off about 3 hours into the flight, about 3pm English time. They try and get you used to the time zone that you are flying into but I wasn’t having any of it, unfortunately. After this restless flight we had a 9-hour flight from Guangzhou to Melbourne. I know, a 9 hour flight on the back of an 11 hour one, brutal. But this flight was the dream, literally. I was out for the count even before we took off. This was obviously because it was the middle of the night UK time, beating this whole jetlag thing was never gonna happen from the start. I woke up for food and that was about it… oh and when I got a numb bum too, but I only had to shift to the other cheek and that was me set for another couple of hours.
The only thing was though, Jim didn’t sleep at all for this second flight, he managed to beat jetlag completely, the jammy bugger, and he watched 4 episodes of Designated Survivor! Who does that after they have committed to a series with somebody?! Don’t worry though I made him re-watch them with me.
So, after the loooong journey I was obviously expecting to be greeted by a wall of heat as I walked off the plane. Ya know like the one that hits you when you go to Spain and the likes. The great wall of heat, sweat and sun cream, aaaahhhhh. Well, let me tell ya, that didn’t happen, it was absolutely bloody freezing. I knew Melbourne was at the tail end of its winter but bloody hell I didn’t expect it to be that chilly. What an amateur I am. Whenever you ask a Melbournite what the weather is like they always respond with ‘4 seasons in a day’, and it literally is. I feel that’s partly why we’ve settled in so quickly, because at the moment the weather is just like it is at home, lol!
We stayed in an Airbnb in North Carlton, which is just a stone’s throw into the city, for the first three nights we were here. We landed on our feet with our Airbnb host, Julie, she was lush. She told us all about the city, baked the most delightful tasty treats, took us to a lovely Turkish joint and even dropped us off at our new place! She sorted us out good and proper. Julie, we thank you.
Where we live now (still sounds mad) is in the central business district, or the CBD as the locals call it. It’s right in the hustle and bustle of it all, its great! After a trip to IKEA we now have a kitted out apartment and its starting to feel a bit like a home.
Now we’re settled in (kind of), the way I’d describe living in Melbourne at the moment is: looks like America, feels like England… with better weather (sometimes) and the locals are really really chilled.
So yeah, that’s how the first week has gone. Now the job hunt begins, wish me luck!