Our new home
Trip Start May 31, 2012
70Trip End Aug 08, 2013
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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
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
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
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.