Today marks one week in our new home and my first week at work.
We moved in last Saturday, to the Sydney suburb of Crows Nest, in to a house share with 2 other people and 2 dogs.
Crows Nest is a lovely suburb in the north of Sydney, over the Harbour Bridge. It’s full of great restaurants, pubs, and plenty of things to do. With regular busses to the Central Business District, it makes my morning commute straightforward and stress free, being only a 15 minute journey.
We live with two women, Vikki and Dani, and two dogs, Boo and Jackson. Vikki first came here from London twenty years ago, and Dani is a real Aussie, who was brought up in the outback but now lives in Sydney. Vikki has two dogs and also works with dogs for a living so we can often have up to six dogs in the house. The dogs are all well natured and I really like having them around. We are especially fond of a pug called Henry, who can only be described as being so ugly that he is cute, and looks as though he has ran into a wall, squashed his face, and made his eyes pop out.
Rent in Sydney can be very expensive. Finding a place to live can also be really hard for couples on a working holiday visa, so I think we were lucky with what we found. Rent is $350 a week for a double room, including bills, which may sound like a lot compared to England, but is a lot less compared to accommodation in the rest of the city.
I started work on Tuesday at a school in the Central Business District called ELS, Universal English. The school is in a great location, and it’s much bigger compared to schools I have worked in before. The classrooms are large and air conditioned but have no windows. The lighting in the building is so good though, that I was blissfully unaware of the fact until somebody pointed it out to me.
I feel so lucky to have found a job so quickly on arriving, as I know how it can take some people months in Australia. Having full-time work means we don’t have to worry about running out of money, and we are going to start just enjoying settling into our new life.