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Trip Start May 31, 2012
Trip End Aug 08, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Sunday, August 5, 2012

We now live in a small, sleepy fishing village called Kingston SE (pop. 2000) down on the South Australian coast. It is seriously right on the coast of the ocean and it is amazing. I've always wanted to live in a small town and Kara grew up in one (although it wasn't on the coast of the ocean) so we already feel right at home here. Everyone has been so friendly and the doctors and nurses Kara is working with seem really happy to have her there (as well they should be!).

I've been spending most of my time at the local library as they have free internet there and they're really nice. Every morning when Kara goes to work at the clinic or the hospital, I head off to my 'office' for the day as well. It's two doors down from our house and we're about a 10-15 min walk to the clinic. Our house is on the highway through town but you can walk all the way down to the coast in under 15 minutes. It's such a beautiful coastline with an extremely long beach that runs the length of town, probably about 5 kms long. We got an interesting tour through town from one of the women Kara works with, with advice such as which fish and chips places to eat at (and which to avoid) and which mechanics are trustworthy.

I walked through town on Friday handing out resumes and introducing myself to the local townsfolk. It was kind of embarrassing but I figure in a small town like this it's best to get out there and let everyone know who you are, especially when you're looking for work! But like I said, everyone is extremely friendly so that made it much easier. Along with my friends at the library, Cherie and another woman whose name escapes me, I've made friends with a guy named Gary who runs a local woodworking shop and a kid named Hugo who likes playing online games at the library.

I got a lead last week on some sheep shearing work, but seeing as we're out of town for the next week I figured I'd wait until we got back to see if any of my resumes or emails paid off. Sheep shearing is apparently extremely rough work, and seeing as I've never worked with livestock before, it may be quite difficult to get in. Also, these farmers don't wait around for new guys to figure it out. They get paid by the sheep so they're less likely to take on an inexperienced city boy. But what an exciting blog port that would be, huh?!

We're heading to Waikerie, another small town near Adelaide, later on today. Kara has some more orientation courses to take there for the next week and there may be some citrus picking work there for me. Kara's been enjoying her training courses, meeting some of the other new doctors in Australia and some of the staff she'll eventually be working with. That's why we're off on the road for the next week, for Kara to complete her orientation, and hopefully by the time we get back to Kingston, she'll have her practice number assigned to her by one of the regulating bodies and she'll be able to work on her own. So far, she's mostly been shadowing other doctors and getting to know the medical system here. She says it's not that much different than Canada, which is good, but also that the computer system is soooooooo much better! So that's great! She claims that it's the computer system that Canada tries to be. Pretty bold words if you ask me.

We went out to a beach town called Glenelg last night for supper and to watch the sunset. Glenelg is just south of Adelaide. I snapped some model poses of Kara on the beach, hope you enjoy 'em! Then we had burgers and beers at a local eatery. Kara had the lamb burger which she said was great (kinda Greek like, with cucumber and tzatziki (sp?)) and I had the Aussie burger. Gotta say, the messiest thing I've eaten since I was child. I had it all over my face and hands, it's a good thing Kara doesn't embarrass easily. It consisted of; a ground beef patty, ketchup, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, carmelized onion, bacon, a fried egg, pickled beets and a slice of pineapple. Man, did that ever fill me up.

We also took a tour of nearby Robe last week, courtesy of Carrie, another one of Kara's colleagues when she works in Robe. Now most of the pictures from this post are of Robe (the coastline anyway), but that's only because I haven't been down to the coastline with my camera yet in Kingston. But I will.... I will.... you just wait, I'll do it... and then I'll post those pictures and then you'll all be sorry. What? No, nothing... I don't know what happened there. I'm hoping to go down and take some pictures of the coast and try to snap some of the birds that hang out there. Specifically the galah, a small pink member of the cockatoo family. Galah is also a derogatory slang term that means fool or idiot. So there you go Meghann and Mike, some Australian derogatory slang. Teach it to your kid.
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Laura Combden on

Duncan yelled "You flaming galah! Get outta there!" after I read him your blog.

jackie combden on

Looks lovely. I especially like the model shots of Kara (did she have an extra pair of glasses after the bus incident?)

davidcombden on

I can just picture Duncan yelling that. I wish he were here sometimes to help us along, but I think we're doing ok. And no, Kara did not have an extra pair of glasses, but she had her prescription with her and so picked up a new pair when we arrived in Adelaide. They're pretty fancy too!

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