Who’d think, who’d know that workplace practices can be so different across continents?
Child care is available for babies (6 months onwards) and children up to 5 years.
Don’t forget a pair of walking shoes, if you visit. Oh, did I say that kids enter free on holidays and weekends? Yay!
Birthdays that followed were much better though. I recall Lesley and Barrie inviting us to celebrate Andy’s birthday at their lovely home in Hindmarsh Island. They got out they Kayaks, and Barrie took us on his boat.
You don’t have a random man standing outside charging you for ‘entry’ or ‘parking’, while handing out what looks like chits of paper, depicting a ‘make shift’ ticket.
The one thing I’ve experienced here is that you go to work to work, not make friends. I’ve worked in six places in the last three years in Australia, but I haven’t made a single friend at work.
There were references to people, TV shows, food, footy which were 100% Australian, but eventually it was the slang that would throw me off! I stopped making random conversation – it was just too tough.
When you move from India, one of the things you want is a nice house with a back yard, but as Andy looked for those houses in Mawson Lakes, we realised that could wait till we found jobs. Yup, we had no idea how long that would take.
The first thing Andy had to do was look for a house. We decided on Mawson Lakes only after he’d moved to SA, and now Andy had to make his way from Woodcroft to Mawson Lakes to house hunt. I’ll tell you this – it wasn’t a joy ride. 3 buses and 1.5 hours later, Andy would find himself in Mawson Lakes.
Some folks who were already here in Australia had moved directly to Sydney or Melbourne and told us not to waste our time in SA because of the job scene.