The weather has been absolutely gorgeous. It’s right around 70 or 75 and sunny and perfect every single day. (It gets down to 50 or so at night, but they don’t do heaters or insulation.) Yesterday, we had a family barbecue to meet twenty or so of John’s cousins. This was John’s grandfather’s brother, and three of his five children (and their children). I successfully managed to remember about four whole names! We had a great time, making plans to go out on boats and to go out in utes (SUVs) and to go out in the country. We had a lot of fun!
We’ve spent most of our time trying to track down Internet at cafes and places in the central parts of town, taking shifts on the computer in order to apply for as many jobs as possible. The library is ridiculously amazing. I handed out about ten resumes to hotels downtown one day last week, then came home and applied to another ten more online. I more pessimistic than John – apparently jobs aren’t as easy to come by as they once were, and some of them only pay you $18/hr (as opposed to the $25 we had heard about). John found random folks on Craigslist for laboring work; he got a week-long casual landscaping gig. The goal is to impress them so much, they’ll recommend him for more specialized, stable jobs. He’s focused very hard on his cover letter for the botanical/city gardens; the city has a lot of public gardens, including two botanical ones.
Graham and Anne have two daughters; Bianca is 11, and Renee is 7. Renee has become John’s BFF. They learned a song called Wonky Donkey and rehearsed it a dozen times this weekend. Saturday, we went to Bianca’s netball game. We’ve decided we might have to do a series of blog posts detailing all the new sports we’re learning. I did end up understanding net ball at the end of the game we saw yesterday, but I do not understand cricket. John has taken to watching cricket with the family in the evening and mastering all of its rules. They watched Aussie Rules Football Friday night, and I think he mostly understood it. I swear it resembles quidditch more than football. We’re meant to go to a game at some point; they tailgate and drink a lot, so I imagine it’ll be like Athens on a Saturday in the fall.
Since John is working today, I’m visiting four apartments today. One great thing is public transportation – it’s a car-oriented city, but John and I don’t foresee too many issues with getting around by train all day, every day. The trains are super easy to use, though about $3 per trip. The buses aren’t too shabby either, and the website gives you idiot-proof instructions for how to get from point A to point B. Getting to know the city has been a lot of fun – Australians do both coffee and tea really well. Like, really well and really frequently. They have a huge snobby coffee scene (where they define your drink for you after you’ve ordered it), but tea isn’t the afterthought/niche thing that it is in the States. So, we drink a lot of tea and coffee. And possible too little water. They’re very good at international food. Possibly better at international food than we are. So we’re happy.