Hi just wanted to say great post by Buck
Did you sell up everthing and take it with you?
You're quite right spending a few weeks in a country is not the same as living there especially if you do tourist things the whole time, however it does give you an indication of what it's like. First impressions can be quite powerful and often stick with you.
Not doing a 3 week reccie could be a false economy when you consider how much it will cost you to sell your house (& potentially buy a new one if it doens't work out), ship your belongs around the world (& potentially back again), take your kids out of schools they are settled in, potential loss on exchange rates etc. Not to mention the stress of the whole process!
Glad it's working out for you.
Thanks for the post Buck.....
Aanxious mum - where do I begin? Firstly, after being here for 4 months (look at the title of the thread), I don't have jet lag any more. I didn't do a reccie - unlike moneybags Anxiousmum, I didn't have a spare £7000 to fly us all out here. I don't regret coming here because the alternative would have been to regret not coming for the rest of my life. If it doesn't work out I will simply go home again. The only way I could afford to do this was to sell my house (since my UK motgage had just jumped £200 a month I was more than happy to do that) and give it a go. You take your chances in life. So do come and do a reccie. Have that "good look around". When you come back tell us what you thought. Someone mentions that they had a look at Point Cook and found it soul less - bad news - most suburbs are.
If only I was moneybags........ But joking aside, after much thought I have decided your posts are needed here, we all need to know what it is like for people. We are all different. Thanks for the entertainment.
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Quote from Ferris Bueller.
I do agree with the supermarket story very boring nothing like the UK you certainly do have a great choice. If you want a relaxing day head up to St Andrews Market on the fringe of the CBD in the Yarra Valley if you haven't been there before an alternative place to chill out on a Sat.. early morning coffee next to the pub and then across to the market go hungry as the food is tasty it goes until around 2pm then relax at the pub. Go via Eltham for the better view through the vines on route lots of K/ Roo's if you look in the Hills surrounding worth the visit.Approx 45mins drive
Those Backpacking can come and stay with us we have a mud brick cottage which is under renovation ready in a couple few weeks time 20 plus K/roos outside the door sleeps 4-5 affordable
self contained. A brilliant place for a getaway or bush walk to the pub & market from here.
We do regular trips to the Station Hurstbridge line and Eltham so can collect & drop off.
Have had extensive years of being packpackers now it all about Family life and what goes with it..
Contact us will post photos soon for those that are interested in affordable accom