Aug 17

Houston, the Eagle has landed…….sort of.

So, here we are. In Australia, finally. We left the USA on August 3rd, 2009 and arrived here in Australia on August 5th, 2009. The two week period leading up to our departure from Denver was hectic, and at times, frantic. There was soooo much to do, and it seemed at times that we would leave certain important things undone. Fortunately this was not the case. Kelly, with the strength of ten persons, not only navigated the moving process but also completed our second dossier and got it off to the Chinese embassy in Chicago, before we left. She completed all the necessary paperwork in a record 4 weeks. The last time it took us almost 4.5 months to get it all done.┬á She is truly amazing. So, now our new adventure here in Australia has commenced. I must say, so far it has gone pretty well. We have had the great fortune of staying with family, which has been a real blessing. We are so lucky! Of course, uprooting ones family, and moving this distance has its pitfalls as well. We both have come here without employment, and luckily that has changed for me in the last 10 days. We are now continuing the hunt for a rental house and that has been quite the challenge I can assure you. Trust us when we say that business here is done vastly different to how these sort of things happen in the United States. I do not think that had we known this before we left, that we would have done it any differently, it certainly would not have made us “not do it”, but it would have been nice to know the sort of hoops we are having to now jump through. Yarra our dog, has made this transition quite smoothly. He is currently in quarantine on the west side of Melbourne, and the facility there is nice, although we are eager to have him back in our lives daily, that happens September 4th. Madison is adjusting quite well, but when you’re 2.5 years old, your only real concern is where does Grandma keep more of those delicious Tim-Tam biscuits. Kelly is still pursuing work, and while she is very eager to return in one capacity or another, I keep reminding her that these are important days to make the most of in terms of our time with Madison, and each other, as I am sure we will not have a break like this again for sometime. It is winter here, a bit chilly at times, and there has been some rain as well. Spring is just around the corner, or so they say, and we will all welcome warm weather when it comes. I think once we have a home, of our own, it will relieve much of the stress we are feeling. Not quite sure when the container arrives, but out there on the high seas, somewhere, there is a 40′ Evergreen container with our household items in it. Its strange, Melbourne is going through a period just now where there has been, and continues to be a fair amount of new immigration. We are now a part of that movement, kind of a strange sensation when one looks at it that way, we are immigrants. Most of the immigration has come from the Oceania region. A fair amount of ethnic Han Chinese, and quite a bit from the Asian sub continent (India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia….etc.). We are often the only ones in line at the assistance and registration offices that are anglo, and where both parties of the family are speaking and writing english. Its kinda fun though, as we wait we try to out guess one another on where some of the others are from. Sometimes we are right, but it is always fun to guess. I officially begin my new position on September 1st, tan, rested and ready.

Kurt

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