The last part of my Australian Sabatical

After a disappointing start followed by a pretty decent middle, I am now coming up the last part. For the previous week and a bit, I’ve been with Chris as we moved about Queensland meeting up with people we haven’t seen in a while. I did no writing in that time. But I didn’t really care, it was fun.

But in a few days, I’m going to be flying back to Melbourne and staying there for another three weeks with Chris before we return to Edinburgh. We are then moving to Holland! Chris has gotten a job there and we’ll probably be living there by Christmas.

I’ve moved to Edinburgh

I left Aussie land on Sunday the 22nd at midnight and arrived in Haggis land on their Monday 23rd. Twenty hours worth of flying and time only progressed half a day. And I only got a few hours sleep the entire trip. And it didn’t help that I had woken up at 5am that day for my last day at work either. My jet lag lasted days (6pm bed, 3am rise).

My entire life, plus a carry-on back pack (not seen).

And this is what I left behind in my last minute haste packing.

I had already thrown or gave my parents like 80/90% of my other stuff.

Β And my lovely Chris was there to meet me at the airport too πŸ™‚ This is where I’m spending the next 2-3 years πŸ™‚

During Flights:

First flight was 16 hrs. Melbourne to Doho international airport. And not an spare seat to sleep on. I got feed a couple of times so that was good. And I watched a bunch of movies. Interstellar, Murial’s Wedding, Hunger games 1 and 2, and probably a few others that I can’t remember.

I did managed to get a few hours? (not sure how long) sleep on this flight. But I’m pretty sure I destroyed airline property in the process. I might or might not have smashed up my complementary headphones. I hung them over the arm rest so I could get some sleep and in a daze/wake up phase I noticed that one of the ear things was ripped off. Then the next time I was awake they were gone. My bad. So I just used mine.

It took so long to get off the plane when I reached my stopover. And it took about 1 1/2 times longer to just go through the airport for my transfer. I think I was one of only three others who was catching the Edinburgh flight. Everyone one else had already boarded when we got on. On the plus side I had no seat neighbours so I could lift up the arm rests like another guy I saw and try to sleep. But I couldn’t coz it was so uncomfortable 😦 I spent the entire time watching nature docos πŸ™‚

David Attenborough for the win!

Then before I know it I’m in Edinburgh 8 hrs later. I got through customs, they checked my visa and then I met my lovely Chris with 24hrs of unbrushed stinky teeth.


We took the bus into the city center and walked to his place. One of the first things I noticed was that a few of the paddocks we passed had stone fences instead of barb-wire, they also didn’t look too different to some places back home. And they have yellow daffodils everywhere. It’s a bit weird since I never see them.

My home is a nice small studio apartment that Chris got sorted some time ago. He went ahead of me by 6ish weeks so he’s been here working/studying on his PhD.

Since coming here I have traveled a little bit over the city. I’m still trying to work out where everything is. Lidl, which is pretty much Scottish Aldi, is fucking cheap as. A pack of 16 kinder sticks is not even one and a half pounds. I’m going to eat so much of that while I’m here.

Me and Chris went to the Edinburgh Medical School Anatomical Museum. That was pretty cool. They had elephant skeletons and William Burke’s skeleton – he was the guy that killed a bunch of people in the 1800’s so he could sell their bodies to medical schools (Irony overload).

And they have this shop called Poundland. Everything inside is priced at single pound. My inner povo uni student is so happy.

On a side note when I went to open a bank account, even though I have a bunch of savings, coz I don’t have a job and married they listed me as a homemaker on my bank account. Now Chris teasers me by calling me Hausfrau >.<

I also got the cheapest phone in a Vodafone store – 18 pounds.

Most advanced technology of the mid-late 90's.
Most advanced technology of the mid-late 90’s.

So far in terms of expectation for weather I’m not disappointed. I expected shitty rainy weather and I’ve got it for most days out of the two weeks I’ve been here. I’m shocked whenever I see someone in less clothes than my three layers. In face I saw a guy in a t-shirt and shorts the other day. It weirded me out.

Look out my window. You can now see what I see every day.

Every day for the last week at least!
Glorious weather every day for the last week!