I think it’s finally safe to say…we’ve settled in to daily life in Sydney. We’ve lived here for 7 months now (landed on Oct 17 2014), so you might say “well yeah, of course you’ve settled in”, but here’s what the first 5 months of our time in Sydney looked like:
- Land in Sydney and move into temp housing
- After 2 weeks we switch temp housing
- Pam goes to Korea for a week for work and the day after she comes back…
- We find a permanent apartment and the day after that…
- Nick goes back to Ottawa for 3 weeks and the day after he comes back…
- We move into our permanent apartment, and the next weekend after that…
- Nick and Pam go to Vegas (Pam for work), SF, and home to Ottawa for Christmas.
- Two weeks after we get back from Ottawa we go to NZ to visit my grandma.
- The week after that Pam goes to San Jose for work
- A month after that Pam goes back to Korea for work
So after all of that, it really feels like we didn’t really start to put down roots here until March or April!
But, at this point, we’ve explored our neighbourhood, hung our pictures and set up our place. I’ve been thinking about this post for a while and reflecting on how to best portray life in Sydney to our family and friends back home. One of the things that I don’t think we realized until we lived here is just how ubiquitous the Harbour Bridge and Opera House are. They’re almost always in the background somewhere, and so iconic that I can’t help but take a million photos.
THE OPERA HOUSE
Fun fact: most people think that the Opera House distinctive shape is meant to evoke sails. Actually, that wasn’t the intention – the shapes are simply parts of a sphere. You can read all about the Opera House at the Wikipedia article, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Opera_House
THE HARBOUR BRIDGE
Fun fact: the Harbour Bridge is sometimes called “the coat hanger” due to its shape, and always just called “the bridge” by Sydneysiders. You can read about the Harbour Bridge at the Wikipedia article, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Harbour_Bridge
Here are some other photos of our day to day lives here in Sydney: