Our First Weeks in Sydney
Hello Family and friends,
It is Sunday night, July 11, 2010 and we are finally settling in on our last night at a hotel room in Sydney! Yes, we finally got an apartment and we get to move in on Monday. It feels like we have been here for much longer than 11 days, but that’s probably mostly due to the fact that I’ve already been working for a week in the Expedia office here (it’s very different than at home – but I’m loving it so far!). My office is in the heart of downtown and I feel like I’m in New York City when I walk from the bus or train station to the office in the mornings/evenings during rush hour. We keep thinking that Sydney reminds us of a mix between NYC, London, and California with the beach towns (but much nicer).
We’ve done so much in 11 short days! So far we have set up bank accounts, gotten cell phones, explored most of Sydney including seeing Bondi Beach, walking the Eastern Beaches walkway, went to the Saturday Paddington market that is full of local handmade crafts including clothes, jewelry, art and much more, we also went to “The Rocks” which is another great area near the harbor and it also has an amazing large weekend market, we went to the Cinema downtown, ate dinner and walked through China town, we looked at at least 15 different apartments, bought a bed and basic home goods to start us of and so much more.
I must really trust and love Oscar because we put a deposit on a Studio in Paddington that he found before I even got to see it! (Paddington is a really cute part of Sydney – just outside of the downtown area) The rental system here is CRAZY. You only have 15 minutes to go to an “open house” and about 10-20 other people usually show up. The first one to put in an application and bids the highest gets it! All of the apartments are VERY small to American standards and are VERY expensive too. We knew this was going to be expensive living here, but we are really finding this out with the housing. They rent by the week here not the month – which is more expensive and you really can’t find a decent place to live for much less than $350 a week. BUT…Oscar did great and I love our little Studio in Paddington. It’s VERY small, but it’s just what we need and it’s in a really charming street near lots of shops, great restaurants and walking distance to the downtown area (I can walk to work in 30 minutes). We are very excited to finally get to settle down and make a home here. The past few weeks we have been living out of our suitcases and been in transition, so it will be nice to have a “home”.
Today we went to Target (FYI it’s not like Target at home – much smaller, less stuff, and much more expensive!) and we went to KMART (which turned out to have the best deals and things we needed – again everything here is twice as expensive, so it’s really hard to make yourself pay $75 for a set of “OK” sheets – when I could get some really nice sheets for $75 at home, so we are still trying to adjust to that), but we got some basic things and we will settle in more tomorrow and this week to see what else we need. We also bought a new double bed mattress (we didn’t really want to buy a used one) and we will have a double bed pull out sofa (for whoever is brave enough to come visit us and doesn’t mind sharing a tiny apartment with us). Anyway, it’s all coming together and it’s finally starting to feel like we are living here. For a while it just felt like we were on vacation, but having to buy things like cleaning supplies and pillows makes it seem more real.
Oscar and I are also feeling more like locals because we are starting to really get to know our way around and the ways of doing things here. I’m sure we have lots more to learn, but so far we have learned the following… a lift is an elevator, if you want to take food “to go” it’s called take away, every one is your mate and “no worries” is the theme, always look right before you cross the roads (and probably look left and right one more time just in case), trash is called rubbish, the letter Z is called Zed, it’s a cinema not a movie theater, it’s holiday not vacation, and yes the toilet does flush the opposite direction!! J
Well, that’s all of the updates I have for now. We are going to try to write at least once a week and update our photos as we have fun ones to share. We miss you all and can’t wait to share this great city with you when you come visit!
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