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Settling in down under

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G’day Mates,


It’s Monday night, July 19, 2010. I’m trying to keep up my weekly blog and so far so good (we’ll see how long this lasts).  Things are going well here in the land down under.  I am in my 3rd week of work and Oscar has his first class this evening.  We are truly starting to settle in. 


On Friday Oscar and I got to go see Wicked in theater. A colleague of mine had tickets that he couldn’t use at the last minute and we got AWESOME tickets for 1/3 of the price. I had already seen it in Chicago, but loved it so much that I wanted to go again with Oscar.  I was surprisingly amazed at the quality of the theater here.  The show was great and Oscar loved it too!  If you haven’t seen it yet, we definitely recommend it! 


On Saturday we had a mattress delivered to our apartment and we went shopping to finish setting up our home.  Believe it or not we have found that K-Mart is one of the best places to get home items and we discovered this great store called The Reject shop!  Haha, we love the name.  It’s very much like a Big Lots at home.  Everything is MUCH cheaper than anywhere else we’ve looked, so we did really well there buying things like garbage cans, cleaning supplies and hangers.   After a long day of shopping we spent Saturday night organizing the apartment and setting everything up.  It really feels like home now and it’s just the perfect place for us. 


On Sunday we went to Church in Darlinghurst (which was only a 10 minute walk from home).  We met some really nice people and we were glad we went.  It was a large church with a very small congregation and they are actually moving to a smaller building soon, so hopefully it will still be within walking distance.  After that we went to Circular Quay and had lunch and then hopped on the ferryboat to Manly.  It is a beautiful ride with great views of the bridge, opera house, and city skyline.  Manly was really nice as well.  We walked around for a bit, checked out the surfers at the beach, and enjoyed a Royal Copenhagen Ice Cream in celebration of Maria’s birthday.   Finally, we took the bus back to Paddington to an area called 5 ways.  It’s this really charming intersection of Paddington that is full of cafes, shops and beautiful buildings.  There we discovered this really great grocery store that is similar to a Whole Foods, but much better.  Everything is locally grown, fresh, mostly organic, and the prices aren’t half bad either.  We bought our groceries there for this week and walked home to our cute little studio.


Overall it was a great week.  I just got home from work and I’m just here hanging out until Oscar gets home from school.  We are really happy to be here and we have so much to be grateful for and excited about. 


Missing and loving you all,



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Living Down Under

Sydney, Australia