I’m just sitting on the most comfortable couch ever, drinking matcha latte and writing this post (after a couple week’s radio silence, oopsie). I’m really starting to settle in here!
During the first two weeks here we’ve tried to make our home as nice and homely as possible. And I think we’ve done a pretty good job, can’t wait to show the results! It’s a little bit ironic, that I moved here on the other side of the world and can’t get enough of Ikea here! 😀
I really like the area where we live in, because we have a huge park and a river walk next to us. The park makes the area a bit more quiet, which I like, but then again there’s a lot going on in the park everyday, for example basketball and cricket. This morning I went for a long walk by the water. First you get a big apartment building village and then huge beautiful mansions by the water, so I think I’ll definitely enjoy running here.
There’s also lots of wildlife everywhere. Or at least I think so as a Finn, because there’s no wildlife, whatsoever, in the Finnish cities during winters. For example birdies are singing all the time here. Or some of them are singing and some of them seem to just have a screaming contest going on, especially around five in the morning. I’ve made friends with two huge garden spiders that just hang in the tree I have to walk under when I’m walking down to the water. I’ve never seen spiders that big before, and I think they are nowhere near the biggest spiders in Australia haha.
Last weekend we visited my boyfriends family in Newcastle and spent a few hours on a beach in Fingal Bay. We also walked around Newcastle a little bit, and oh my the beachfront there is just stunningly beautiful! Even though it was a big struggle to find a place that served food on a Saturday afternoon (and we both got super hangry haha), I would really want to live there someday. Such a nice and relaxed small city where almost everything seems to be in a walking distance.
Although I’m really happy I’m finally here, not everything has been perfect. I’m on a working holiday visa, and seeking decent office jobs on it seems to be almost impossible. The thing is, that you can only work 6 months for one employer. And even though there are lots of temp jobs available, WHV seems to still be an issue for lots of employers. It’s super frustrating and I’ve already had a go at a couple of recruitment agents. And no, i don’t just sit here and wait for them to get back to me, I actually call them to follow up, but most of them just couldn’t be more obvious about wanting to end the conversation as soon as possible. But I know I have to work on my attitude, I’ve only been here for two weeks and I probably should be more patient.
Finns are also entitled to enroll to Medicare, which is a little bit similar to KELA in Finland. On their webpage they say that you’re only entitled to the benefits once you’ve enrolled. Well, I thought that I don’t need medical care during my first week here and postponed it to the second week. And voilà, I needed to see a doctor on Saturday, and of course pay for the whole thing by myself. And it wasn’t exactly the cheapest option to go see a private practitioner on Saturday. But then, luckily, on Monday when I went to a Medicare Center, it turned out they don’t tell the whole truth on their website, and I got to claim my benefits afterwards by showing them my tax invoice.
Other than that, there hasn’t been any other major hardships. Besides coming home to a leaking toilet last weekend (which we fixed quite easily after all) and 3 huge cockroaches that we’ve come across in the apartment so far. 😀
Today is my day off from getting frustrated at recruitment companies and soon I’ll start making some dinner. I’ll try to come back with some photos of our apartment as soon as possible after everything is finished! 🙂
Enjoy the rest of the week!