There comes a point after several weeks of concentrating on moving and finding a place to live and doing the essentials…and acting like a tourist…that you have to start earning some money once again and I am no different. Let’s be honest…even long term holidays can get boring eventually…although I was not at that stage yet!
I am lucky to have had people in my previous job to throw in a good word to help me out getting a job over here which is great because it helps my wife and I to settle in more quickly and meet new people.
We have established a Park and Ride commute from our new home in Auckland’s North Shore (the bus drivers drive like bus drivers everywhere…like they own the road). There is a dedicated bus lane which enables the buses to zoom past all of the other traffic for most of the journey (in the words of ELO, hold on tight!)…with great views of the cityscape (shared in previous blogs), over the harbour bridge and then a 10 minute walk at either end. Works really well.
The walking part even includes views of the sea, Lake Pupuke (volcanic crater) and Rangitoto Island. To use a Kiwi phrase “It’s All Good”…”Sweet As”.
The people in a working environment have been great so far…the content of my role becomes a little clearer each day but I don’t want to bore my readers with that sort of detail. One thing that is interesting me is how to get involved in day to day conversation when you aren’t aware of the news or of simple cultural things…I guess this will change over time but you do take things for granted in your homeland when you just have an assimilated handle on cultural things. We talk the same language but with different frames of reference.
Small world but I discovered yesterday that some of our neighbours are from the UK! We are still getting items set up at home (and waiting for our furniture to arrive by ship) so the blog frequency is lower due to a lack of broadband…but hope to be back in full mode in the coming couple of weeks.