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When I was in the UK I often wondered why people that spent so many hours on PIO waiting for their visa would just disappear after a short time of living in Australia. In all honesty I thought they were bloody rude. They, like everyone else loved reading recci reports and needed to know if what they were doing was right and was Australia as good as people said etc, etc, etc and here was their chance to give back to the next generation of PIO users...... And there was nothing........ Just the same few that loved their new life banging the drum trying to help others. Well I can tell you I wasn’t going to be one of those people........ Seems I’ve ended up doing the same thing......:embarrassed: How rude, so a big SORRY to those like me, that still come on but don’t post!!! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p> I guess the main reason is, I love my new life, all those things I wanted to change about myself, I can. I don’t need other people telling me I wear rose tinted glasses because I love Australia warts and all. In all honesty rose tinted glasses are great; if you don’t have a pair get them. To see the glass half full rather than half empty is a great way to live your life, no matter where you call home! I’ve met loads of POM’s in Australia..... Seems they are everywhere...... spooky..... It seems most know about PIO, most have been on PIO and most leave PIO for the same reason! They don’t need the grief off others, they love their new life and don’t feel the need to justify themselves, it’s easier to leave PIO and get on with their new life. Now don’t get me wrong, in no way am I saying anything bad about PIO, PIO is a great place for support, to find friends and has as much info as anyone could need about life in Oz etc. Rob and Kate do a great job in running the site and deserve a big thank you.:notworthy::wubclub: I’m trying to explain (badly I’m guessing) why not as many positive people stay on PIO. I’m sure there are many other reasons why, but from what I’ve heard that seems to be the biggest reason. <o:p></o:p> For now, this will be one of my last posts on PIO, life is really good and trying to find time to post on PIO is bloody hard..... Not enough hours in the day! So I’ll try and fit all my thoughts on 1 post.... Hence Ramblings from an Aussie..... :wacko: <o:p></o:p> People ask loads of advice on where to live in Australia, and most seem to only think of the new things they want. If you want life to work in Australia, you need to look at all of the things you love about the place you live, the life you live, what is it that makes you tick? Write them down, no matter how small, write down your life for a week even a month, then highlight the bits you enjoy and the bits you don’t! If you go to the pub every night on the way home for a pint and to wind down before going home, chances are you’ll need that in Australia. How many times did you go to the art gallery? Will you need to live near that type of entertainment, do you catch public transport or do you drive to work, and how long does it take? Do you enjoy that part of your life? Moving to Australia gives you a chance to re start your life but don’t wipe away those things you enjoy otherwise you will miss it, and that could affect whether you stay or go! Look at states that have the things you love as well as the things you would like. Put the things you already do above those you would like to do... To ship or not to ship? Bring everything, and I mean everything, bring clothes hangers, clothes pegs, that old sofa that only has 6 months left before it falls apart. EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!! WHY you may ask? Not because things are more expensive, but it saves you the stress of trying to find and buy things. When you arrive you have your whole life to sort out, a house, a car, schools, jobs, Medicare etc, etc, etc..... Do you really want the stress of trying to find your dream sofa? Most people rent first so why buy your dream sofa to fit a house that you don’t own? It takes time to find where to shop to get those bargains, give you that time. When you are ready to buy, haggle, don’t be afraid to ask is that the best price! Even then, walk away and look somewhere else, and if that’s the one you want after that, go back and tell them you want it cheaper..... They expect it, and the worst they can say is, sorry that’s our best price! You can even haggle at the op shop! (Charity shops) <o:p></o:p> Try and keep a few thousand in the bank for a trip back to the UK if needed. Sometimes the thought of being able to go back is enough to make you want to stay.... Work that one out? Where if you don’t have the money you can feel trapped.... And that could make you want to leave! <o:p></o:p> When looking at an area to rent take a check list with you, sounds silly I know. Have 2 lists, things that you need out of the area and things that you need out of a house. It amazes me how many people whinge that they aren’t close to public transport, parks, shops, schools, pubs etc. Go into a real estate agent and tell them the things you need and let them help you find the right house that suits ALL of your needs. When you find the house that suits your needs, haggle about the price, if there are plenty of rentals you should get a reduction, or if it doesn’t have a dish washer, air conditioner tell them you want one (if that’s what you’d like) The worst they can say is sorry the answer is no! Once you get a house, go through it with a fine tooth comb, write down every mark, every cob web and every weed, then sign it and get the real estate agent to sign it and copy it for their file and yours. That way when you’re ready to leave you have come back! It’s amazing how many people get stung because a pre existing mark wasn’t written on the check list! <o:p></o:p> Making friends! <o:p></o:p> It can be bloody hard, if you need friends you’ll have to make the effort. Think back to your old life, how often did you make new friends and include them in your group? PIO is a great way to meet like minded people, but then you get stuck with just ex pats.... Make the effort and join in groups that you have an interest in. It will happen in time. <o:p></o:p> Getting out and about, if you live in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane buy a Melways, Sydways, Brisways. (Unsure about the other states) For those that don’t know they are a map book. Take a look at the back part of the book; they have loads of info on sports clubs, picnic grounds etc and then the map to get you there LOL..... <o:p></o:p> I guess everything I’ve written is simple advice, but it seems that some get caught up in living the dream rather than living their life. Don’t worry about the price of a lemon, that will work itself out. Work out what you need and what you’d like and if things don’t work out don’t go home upset because life didn’t work out the way you wanted, don’t go home with bad thoughts about Australia, go home with the knowledge that you have figured out what is important to you and your family. People can go their whole life not knowing that, people can go their whole life wondering what if? At least you gave it a go, yes it may have cost thousands, yes you may have to start again, but that gives you a chance to do things differently, enjoy that fact! <o:p></o:p> Good luck to everyone in Australia loving their new life, good luck to those returning back home, good luck to everyone who is starting their journey. Never give up on your dreams. To those stuck in Australia treading water, I hope that something goes your way and you get to return home. <o:p></o:p> All the best and take care. <o:p></o:p> Geoffrey