Blog: 4 May 2007
We have finally done, we have secured a new home and moved in – what a challenge.
After our big Ikea shop with some great bargains collected we seem to have settled in. We actually have built in wardrobes but no shelves so our suitcases have become substitute drawers, lots of fun though.
It’s nice being in our own space though the last tenants still have a few things to collect, every time I turn a corner there is something else of theirs to add to the pile. The difference in attitudes related to renting here is amazing. We were told that as long as the owner gets the rent the rest kind of sorts itself out. All rentals are private though some are under building management so therefore a little more care is taken. Cleanliness expectations are up to the owner therefore we moved into a complete mess! It is heated and sealed form the elements (no gaps in the floor boards) but I’m still a little mystified about rubbish collection and other basics like that. It’s a bit hit and miss really. Oh and we had to have a personal interview at the bank just to open a bank account!
Food review – thought this might tickle your funny bone. Being in the Portuguese area, we’re talking flags at every corner so if anyone has a spare Aussie flag send it our way, I feel the need to be patriotic. Every other shop is Portuguese, restaurants, corner store, nick knacks, souvenirs, and fast food oh and everything else is char grilled, even the pizza tastes like that. I got excited making a sandwich the other day because I knew it wasn’t grilled or fried in anyway.
This is definitely a coffee region, finding decent tea is a needle in the haystack though I did find a chai latte on Tuesday that was a good day, no comparison to Batavia though. Tea generally consists of your choice from the box, herbal or mostly earl grey in a bag! Sheena it’s terrible. Steph you would love the bacon, extra extra extra crispy! The hot chips (fries) are so over cooked, if Aussies served dark brown fries they’d be returned as burnt! You could mortgage your house for cheese here, a simple block is worth around $5 for 200gm (and it’s orange) though a lot of other things are cheaper half price Pert was exciting.
The pub/café across the road is really family friendly; Eleni even happily ate the food. I’ve tracked down a noodle bar in walking distance which is great too.
I’m looking forward to being a tourist this weekend; I’m actually tired of shopping. Just don’t want to think about something else the apartment needs.
Eleni has grown a little more, she’s not been going to sleep until 10pm but since moving in we’ve managed to get her to 9 – 9.30pm. We will keep working toward 6.30/7pm just so we can have some time to ourselves. I think she misses the social interaction from Kindy and once we sort a few more things out we’ll look into maybe a day a week. There’s a pool not far so we could try swimming lessons as well. The park is great; we actually had a conversation with someone on Tuesday. Can’t believe how much I miss adult conversation. Just that little bit of work last term has given me a real taste of independence.
Hey did we mention we live above a Portuguese restaurant. The previous tenants said they are a bit noisy Fri/Sat night because they are open late, kind of right they are open late every night! The lounge room is the quietest; our bedroom the loudest, thankfully Eleni likes back ground noise when she is sleeping. We will have to venture down there soon, just thought I’d get over the char grill taste first before eating any more.
Love to you all, Jenx