Is the grass really greener across the ditch?
Since Tane and I have been married there has been a dramatic drainage of our friends and colleagues from this side of the Tasman to the other. Everyone says life is better over in Australia, and Tane has been wanting to go for a long while now. But I don't want to go just because everyone else says it is better because, I know there are always two sides to the story.
However, we have decided it is time for a change. We've been here for 4 years now... and it was meant to be only 2. We are ready for a new adventure and an opportunity to try life is Australia has arrived. But as I sit here wondering I'm thinking... Is the pay really that better over there? Does it cost more to live, and eat? And what about the lifestyle???
Not to mention the bugs and creepy crawlies. Are the cockroaches really much bigger and fly and land on you??? ugghhh
Will we enjoy the surf or will we spend more time sitting on the beach waiting for jellyfish and sharks to clear off?
What about the spiders and snakes... will we be stung and poisoned before we even unpack?
More seriously, we think we'll give it a go... we can always come back if we don't like it right?
But come to think of it... none of my friends have returned yet.. (so it must be pretty good)... and it doesn't look like they are coming back anytime soon.
I don't think we'll be going this far away from civilisation. I mean, there are a few essentials such as a hospital, a court, schools, church and a beach for surfing.
At the moment we're just waiting for the passports...supposedly a 10 working day job but you know government departments... it has now been a month, which is over 20 working days. They did however manage during this time to send us two letters letting us know we could pay an extra $153 if we wanted it processing urgently. (ha! - the cheek!)