Here I am blogging from my daughter and son-in-law’s home in Perth! I’ve been here three weeks now, and am gradually, with their help, getting through all the bureaucracy involved in moving to a different country. After the problems of life in South Africa I am naturally finding everything here a breeze!
Unbelievably, Government Departments actually answer their phones! They manage to sound like they were just waiting for your call. And they always sound confident that they can help you with whatever your particular query may be. I’m still pinching myself! To have a usable public transport system has also been a game changer (and I don’t know about anywhere else but in our neighbourhood the bus drivers are jolly, friendly, up for a chat, and willingly helpful when a passenger needs route advice). The friendly, efficient, and confident attitude of shop-assistants makes shopping an always enjoyable experience. People passing each other in the street say “Hi, howya going?” not really expecting more than a “Hi” and a smile back. I’m sure I shall come across some duds and have some bad experiences, but so far I’m in First World heaven!
In three weeks I have managed to procure a new birth certificate and ‘change of name’ from Canberra. I mistakenly packed my original birth and marriage certificate in with the movers much to my daughter’s frustration – much eye-rolling happened. An official in Canberra said it would take seven days. Seven days later they called us, it’s all done and in the post and would be in our street post box in two days. It was.
I got my driver’s license transferred to a Western Australian one and issued with a temp license in an hour one morning, and within the ten promised days my permanent driver’s license card was in the mailbox.
Just about everything can be done successfully online. I have a new mobile phone sim and Australian number operational, and have been successfully registered for Medi-Care. I have a Senior’s Card on the way, which will afford me free transportation on all the public transport options, along with other perks.
My daughter and son-in-law have stolidly been shouldering all the stress and burden. Daughter-unit has spent much time slaving over a hot lap-top in order to achieve all the above, and they will both have to repeat the process when Piper-Payer arrives in December.
The tenant has vacated our unit and we have the keys. Now we await the arrival of our furniture. This may be a rather large hiccup in the process. It is apparently all still sitting in Cape Town awaiting a ship.
I would say I am still in the Honeymoon phase. Hoping I don’t come back to earth with too big a bump. I expect it must come at some point….this is too good to be real, right? But, I am here! And that is everything!
Will add a pic or two, and post this. I had an amazing flight attendant on one of my flights over and I want to blog about that experience. I shall do that next.
PS: I must tell you all I have been enjoying reading all your blogs even though I have not been all that active.
PPS: Piper Payer and Chloe are doing fine, and I am getting regular peafowl updates. Piper Payer is convinced Cleo is looking for a place to nest.