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Trip Start Jul 16, 2009
Trip End Oct 08, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Australian Capital Territory,
Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hey guys!

It's Tuesday night here in Canberra, just thought I'd write a quick word to let you know that things are still doing great! I started work yesterday.. it was a bit of a rough start when I saw how different the work is! I got worried and started biting my nails (not good!)... but after I met the people I am working with I really calmed down! My team is great! My supervisor is this guy Mike who married a Canadian girl and has spent 6 months travelling across Canada before. Then there is Joe who is a manager (married italian girl with a kid) and then there are Connie, Nick and Jamie, all students trying to get their CA or CPA. Jamie is a secondee from New Guinee (i think that's how you write it?!) and he's here for a year. The team decided to have a "morning tea" for me, which is basically kind of like a potluck over tea/coffee mid-morning. Everyone brought a very australian snack, all of which were cake/cookie based so needless to say today was not a diet day!!

I found a potential gym yesterday, $40 a week, I said no thanks! I found another one that I"ll be going to check out tonight, hopefully the rate is a little more affordable! I don't think I'll be running much because it is pretty cold in the morning (about zero) and although the city is very safe, it gets dark really early and there are very few city lights around! It is seriously one of the darkest cities I have seen so far! It gives it a very quiet feel, but I'd still rather not run around unfamiliar areas in the dark!

The schedule is taking a little bit of getting used to as people here don't really start work before 8:30-9am, but then when I left at 5:15pm tonight I was definately one of the first ones to leave! I'll have to find a way to get my brain not to shut off at 3pm like it usually does!! :) I've been drinking way too much "coffee" (expresso) for my own good! Getting used to the strong coffee though, made a Nescafe this morning and I thought it was way too weak! lol Also, everything closes really early here!! All the shops/stores close at either 5 or 5:30pm on week nights, which is making it nearly impossible to get anythign done on weeknights as I don't get off work before that time! A lot of other shops are also closed on Sundays, and post offices close are closed on both Saturdays and Sundays!

Besides that, I went to a neutramatics party last night (similar to Avon) where I met a group of Sonia's friends- they were all awesome! I will be playing online for a while tonight and going to bed early as the jetlag seems to be catching up to me!! And then Chris and Lindy invited me over to their place for dinner on Thursday night which will be nice! I am taking a 4am bus to Sydney on Sat morning, so my Friday night will be very quiet I think!! I seem to be keeping even busier here than in Ottawa, weird!!! lol

So that's it for now, I hope all is great with everyone!!!
Caro xoxox

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