Jan's adventures in Oz

Archive for July, 2011

Settling In

I have now spent 2 whole days in Sydney.  On Thursday I went to the Cisco building and met several of my new colleagues.  Had lunch with Neville (my boss) in a huge shopping center located right next door to the office.  Full of food, clothes, fresh seafood….you name it.  This will be very convenient.

Yesterday I went back downtown and had lunch with half a dozen Cisco folks at a Thai restaurant.  The “serviced apartment” that I am staying in is on Lavendar Bay harbour.  To get to the office, it is all up hill.  Yes, there are some serious hills in Sydney.  Lucky for me there is a bus that picks up near the apartments, so I have been riding uphill and walking home downhill.  Yesterday, trying to keep up with Neville on the way to the restaurant, it was all uphill and then there was a flight of stairs into the restaurant.  I felt like I was going to have a heart attack!  I seriously need to get in shape, and I think all this walking will sure help!

The highlight of yesterday was when I was waiting on the bus… a cruise ship went by on its way out to sea.  A nice old gentleman informed me all about it.

Today is Saturday and my plan is to figure out the Ferry system.  It, too, picks up right by my apartments.  I plan to go to the Circular Que and then to Manly, which I understand is full of shops and on the beach.  I will take the camera and get some pics for my next post.

Here comes the P and OThe P and O Cruise ship heads under the Harbour Bridge

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Travel to Sydney

Ferry between downtown and North SydneyThe Cisco BuildingView from Harbourside ApartmentsMy new abode

As trips go, the way over was fairly uneventful.  Qantas, the Australian airline, is much improved since my last visit 3 years ago.  I somehow ended up in the high class version of economy seating…lots of leg room, fancy dishes and linen, champagne.  The bad news was I had the window seat and my companion on the aisle slept for hours on end which made it impossible to visit the head!  Oh well, live and learn.

I had an awesome cab driver bring me to my apartments from the airport.  I learned a lot about Sydney, the price of cars and petrol…Its roughly double the price of gas in the USA. The driver turned out to be Greek Orthodox, so I learned a bit about the Orthodox community here and what his wife cooks.

Upon arriving at the Harbourside Apartments, I unpacked, and took a bit of a walkabout in McMahon’s Point.  I did some shopping and ended up right next door to the Cisco building, which I will visit tomorrow.  The McMahons neighborhood is quite charming.  Lots of restaurants and shops. The people are very friendly and helpful.  The harbour, Lavendar Bay, is quite beautiful with the ferries, sailboats, bridge and Opera House all right in front of me!  Too bad I can’t just live here, but maybe I can find an apartment to rent in this area.

Too much to do, clock is ticking

International Dirvers License..check

Money….check

Passport….check

Pack boxes….oops

When moving to a foreign country, there is so much to take care of first, like spending tons of time on the phone talking to computers to cancel accounts.  Just getting a work visa takes weeks!

I’m not complaining, just nervous about forgetting something important!

Lors of people are calling to wish me well!  I will miss you all but hope to stay in touch via all the great networking tools.

Son Jordan leaves for a mission trip to Tanzania in the a.m.  Anybody want a Tanzanian pen pal?

I leave Monday the 25th and will update you all on my first adventure….”Getting To the Great Downunder!”

Getting ready to go

My son, Jordan, and I had a Bon Voyage party yesterday.  On Saturday he leaves for Tanzania on a 2 week mission trip.  On Monday (25th July) I head for Sydney, Australia.  I am moving there by myself to start a job as Business Development Manager for Education with Cisco.

I have a to-do list that is very long, but starting a blog is high on that list.  Rather than lots of individual emails, facebook and twitter posts, I think I can share my experiences best in blog format.  I am hoping that all my friends and family will be able to follow what transpires in my GREAT ADVENTURE!!

This is my first experience with my own blog site, so please bear with me as I learn the ropes.  Hopefully it will look a little more professional as I go along!

Now, let me see how to upload pictures….I can share some shots of the party.  We called it the “J to A” party.  (Jan to Aus and Jordan to Aftica)

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