Now, if you're reading this, then you know that I've been living in Adelaide, Australia for over a year (since May 12, 2009). I probably should have started this blog as soon as I moved here, but better late than never! Right?
To refresh your memories (or give you a brief Adelaide tutorial if you've never seen the e-mail), I am going to post my e-mail that I sent to my close friends and family after I first moved here. Read below, and enjoy!
Hello friends and family,
Greetings from Adelaide, Australia! It's hard to believe that all of
you in northern hemisphere are experiencing warmer weather than me in AUSTRALIA, but it's still in the sixties (sometimes low 70's) in what
would be late November weather in Chicago. If I wanted to, I could
comfortably wear flip flops and shorts during the day in winter
weather. Not so bad, right?
As it turned out, that long 14 hour plane ride that I experienced two
weeks ago from LA to Sydney was nothing less than pleasant. The Qantas staff spoiled us with two full meals, bags of chocolates and dried
fruits, apples, blankets, pillows, and a goody bag for the flight
including a toothbrush, toothpaste, a pair of warm socks, a key chain,
and those things you put over your eyes to block out light so that you
can sleep. Then, there was the entertainment system. For no extra
charge, I watched "Confessions of a Shopaholic", "Paul Blart, Mall
Cop", "The Reader", "Milk", and "Vicky Christina Barcelona". If I
hadn't slept for six hours of the flight, then I could have enjoyed
dozens of other movies, unlimited TV shows, and lots of games to play.
In other words, for those of you who dread long flights, you can
easily make time pass faster with the entertainment system. You can no
longer use the long-boring-flight excuse to not visit me!
Opera House, sadly), and we had to sit on the plane for over 40
minutes so that they could check every passenger for swine flu. No
joke. We all filled out forms before we landed, and then these people
(called the quarantine people) stormed the plane, checked our forms,
and examined every person who said that they showed symptoms in the
past week or were around people with symptoms. I don't know if it's
still a hot topic in the US, but people are still crazed about it
here. It finally made its way to Adelaide, and two public high schools
are closed for a week. Poor parents. They're also quarantining cruise
ships. Medical experts here predict that as much as 2/3 of the
population will get it here. It's almost winter-the start of the flu
season-and people worry that it will mutate into something evil if the
swine flu mixes with the regular flu. Sorry to bore you with all of
this, but this is all I ever hear about in the news! I'm sick of it!
Anyway, the 40 extra minutes on the plane followed by the slow
immigration line, waiting forever for my bags, and standing in another
long line to get my bags scanned was enough to make me miss my
A few hours later, my adventures in Adelaide began. We pulled up to
the house greeted by red, white, and blue balloons that his grandma
tied to the front fence. She also attached a kangaroo post card, and
she bought me dozens of patriotic cup cakes. I'll post pictures of that later.
country is nice (or at least the people I met). His mom is super easy
to get along with. I think she likes having me around. I also love his
oldest brother Nick (26) and his girlfriend Anna (25). They just moved
back to Adelaide from Sydney, and Anna is totally into musicals and
Zac Effron and all that stuff. What could be better for me?
I'm going to start volunteering for the Australian Red Cross in the
next couple of weeks. It'll be a one-on-one counseling program, so I'm
pretty excited for that. Then, I'll be on the hunt for part time jobs
which shouldn't be too difficult given that his mom knows a gazillion
I have a temporary phone number for now, but I think that's going to
change this weekend. The best and cheapest way to talk is through
e-mail (obviously) or Skype. Regardless of whether you have skype or
not, send me an email if you want to chat, and we'll set up a time.
Also ADD ME if you have gmail and use gchat! ok??? I miss all of you,
and PLEASE keep me updated on your lives as much as possible.
Lots of love and kisses
Hope you enjoyed! As you can imagine, a lot has changed since then. I now work full-time and share a tiny one-bedroom flat with Alastair, who is now my fiance! I never volunteered for the Red Cross. It would have conflicted with my work, but it would have been a great opportunity. I also never climbed Mt Lofty again! Hopefully, this blog will motivate me to do it. I'd love to post some pictures.
I'm going to end this long post with some beautiful pictures of Adelaide. Note to self: find more pictures of the city and beach. Catch up soon!