We stayed with my brother-in-law and his family for a week. They’ve been here for about three months, so we’re both new to the country. And they know the struggle of getting a place to live.
It took us about a week to find a place to live. We’re very lucky that we found a place so quickly. Most people rent over here as it is quite expensive to buy. We’re also renting for now, but once we’re financially stable (i.e. when I get a job) then we’ll probably look into buying, but that’s still a long way off.
We’ve been in our new place for about two weeks, and for the first couple of days, we had close to nothing. The first day we got here we went to the shops and spent close to $350 just buying the essentials like soap, crockery, and the like.
The first few days, we sat on the floor until we got camping chairs. We also didn’t have a fridge for the first few days, which was quite inconvenient. We had to buy non-perishables to keep in the cupboards. Not having much really makes you grateful for the things you take for granted.
Right now, we have everything we need. Now we’re just looking for a few creature comforts, but we’re in no hurry.
I’m looking for a job at the moment, and it’s more difficult than I had expected. There aren’t a lot of openings in my field, especially at universities (where I wanted to work). Now I’m going through the process of looking for a job in education, either as a teacher or teacher aide. Actually, I don’t mind what kind of work I do, as long as I can contribute to the bills.
Whatever the challenges may be, I’m ready for them. I’m just thankful to be here.
What was it like when you moved into your own place for the first time? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.