So it’s been a little over a week now, and quite a lot has happened since my move down under.  Went camping the first two nights I was here and rang in the new year with some sweet fireworks and great company.  Have spent the last week getting settled in and starting to followup on potential jobs…will probably dive into that more next week as people start returning to work.

So I realized as much as I prepared for the trip, there’s definitely going to be some readjustment time.  For one thing, the stores are a little different here.  Some locals will disagree 😉 but the Kmart seems more like Target back in the states (sans groceries)…and the Targets seem…well, off (felt more like a Marshalls or Palais Royal):

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I have found a few good places to get some everyday items and Kmart has helped me to be creative with my bedding items on a tight budget.  There’s also a great store called The Reject Shop that I was able to get some awesome astroturf and some rainbow bins to store some clothing/items:

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Beyond spending money…some of the other adjustments have been pretty good.  It feels good to no longer have a car, but it will take a while for my legs to catch up to walking up hills!  The views from the transit are quite lovely though.

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While I have some amazing friends down here, feelings of loneliness have come up and it’s sometimes disorienting to walk into the grocery store and get confused at small things like when you don’t easily find tortillas or certain produce goes by a different name…but it’s all part of adjusting to the new life and I figure the more I get involved in the community/church, the loneliness will start to subside.  I’m looking forward to keeping y’all posted and for playing tour guide for future visitors.  If anything, I think I found a bingo place 😛

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