*peeks out* I promise we’re alive and well! It’s already been five days since we’ve arrived (where is time flying?!), but time has gotten the best of me exploring Melbourne, so I’m finally able to settle down for the morning (yeah, it’s morning here!) and update you all!
So, we left the U.S. last Wednesday and arrived here Friday morning(!) Melbourne time… it was pretty weird adjusting to the fact that we essentially lost the 24th of July. Qantas was a pretty nice airline! I’ve only really flown South African Airways and British Airways when it comes to international airlines, so it was fun to experience a brand new one. The customer service was superb and the food was great! After a tiring hour or so wandering through customs, passport control, baggage claim (all those tedious I’m-new-to-this-country processes), we finally hopped in our taxi and got to our apartment yay! Will’s employer is taking care of us for the first month in this gorgeous building, with a stellar view!!!!
In the meantime, we’ve been looking at apartments all over the city and getting a feel for different neighborhoods. As I stated in my last post, property is expensive expensive expensive – it’s pretty crazy. But we’re learning and taking in the experience! Melbourne has some really beautiful buildings and apartments here!
One thing that we absolutely have been enjoying is the coffee… I can’t even begin to describe how G O O D it is! It’s kinda funny because they have a few Starbucks locations here, and whereas in the U.S. during the weekday, it’s packed out with people, the ones here are completely deserted. (I’m sure the franchisees are kicking themselves!) People just do not go to Sbucks here because why would you when you have the world’s best coffee?! There’s a little coffeeshop almost everywhere you turn, and I feel like I’ve frequented half of them already lol! Rachel (Will’s coworker’s wife – who’s my new ‘discover Melbourne’ buddy!) and I stumbled into one to escape the cold (ugh, winter) and they’re completely run by volunteers because 100% of their proceeds are split between four great causes! They’re called Kinfolk and you can check them out here.
Another thing we’ve been enjoying is the FOOD! We had amazing brunch at a restaurant called The Hardware Société on Saturday. I had baked eggs, and they came in these little tiny pots and mixed with cheese, spinach, chorizo, potatoes and other amazing things I can’t remember — with amazing bread drizzled with olive oil! People wait outside this restaurant for forever waiting for their name to be called for a table. But the food is WELL worth the wait.
There are random American restaurants here too like TGI Fridays and Outback Steakhouse (lol), and also some favorites of mine from South Africa, like Nando’s — and since they’re British-influenced, they have PIES here! Pie is like my favorite food ever (not apple, etc — but chicken/mushroom, steak, etc). Yum yum yum. I think we’re going to love living here ;) ha!
The people are incredibly friendly here. I actually had a gentleman with a tour company come up to us and ask if we were finding everything ok and if we needed directions. Who asks a tourist if they need directions!?!? Amazing. The people are so helpful here, kind and genuine, which is really helpful getting started out here, trying to find streets and places, etc.
So far, I’d say Melbourne rocks :) God has been so good in helping us transition into such a different country (and all the way across the world). I *promise* I’ll update more often! I have lots to write about! :)
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