Trip Start Apr 20, 2008
74Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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Where I stayed
Dave's house, Parkside
As we neared Adelaide and I could see the familiar yellow and brown plains I started to panic slightly. I'm not sure what brought on these feelings but I we began our descent I was hyper-ventilating slightly. Something about coming home after such a big journey and knowing I was leaving again made me a bit uneasy.
Dave was waiting for me at the airport and drove us back to Parkside where he lives with his twin brother, Kevin and another friend Caitlin. It took me a while to get used to be being back home. One of the strangest things that I found was that it was bizarre to be back in a place where I wasn't in the minority, where I could use terminology such as 'heaps good' and 'hang on I'll just put some thongs on' without getting strange looks. The accent took me a long time to get used to again and mine seems to have mellowed somewhat.
The weather was absolutely beautiful, I had missed the hideous heat wave of 50+ degrees Adelaide has experienced and the days were a lovely, sunny 30+. The first couple of weeks I just hung out, Dave had holidays and we went to the York Peninsula for a few days. I started looking to some relief teaching work quite soon which proved to be harder than I thought it would. I think I gave my resume to over 40 schools before I started getting called in (term 1 is notoriously slow for relief teachers). I eventually got about 5 weeks of reasonably solid work at three different schools, all a substantial drive away from home but well worth it for the money!
All in all time went really fast. Dave has booked a flight to Europe, leaving on the 16th of June, so about 8 weeks after I arrive. We are hoping to relocate to Berlin.... so once again begins the search for employment, accommodation etc.....