Friday, July 11, 2008

One week later...

Well, it's been a week now and we're stuffed. We've been flat out looking for houses and cars and getting ourselves back into the US system - which means dealing with used car salesmen, real estate agents and American bureaucrats - all great fun...

We have had some successes - after looking at 11 houses, calling about 15 realtors and going to half a dozen car yards, we are now the proud (almost) owners of a (non-matching) pair of Volkswagen Passats - one blue stationwagon and one white sedan (just need a red one & we'll be doing things in true American style!). We've also put an application in for a place to keep them (and us) so with a bit of luck, by early next week we'll be mobile and homed.

As a reward (?!) or maybe just a break, we decided to check out the Naval Exchange (NEX) at Pearl Harbour this evening. That's the world's biggest department store for military personnel (or others who manage to wangle a military ID). It was....big....and had lots very good prices. There's even an enormous supermarket, a golf store and a furniture store built in. I suspect we may make a few return visits. We managed to restrain ourselves this time, and came away with one 74c bottle of white vinegar (to go with the sugar, chinese cabbage and pinenuts at the apartment - special prize for guessing what's for dinner!).

To show that we're not just lazing around enjoying ourselves, we've only managed to make it to the beach for a swim once so far. But what a swim and what a beach!! This is Kailua beach on the East (or Windward) coast of Oahu - nice isn't it? We stopped here and had a swim in the warm water for a while between looking at houses in the neighbourhood. It's a nice quiet town, with good access to facilities and an easy commute for Kieran to get to work, but without the traffic and chaos of Honolulu and Waikiki. So if we can manage it, we'd like to find a place near here (we'll tell you on Monday if our first application for a place in Kailua was successful!).

So it's coming up to the weekend here now, and that means the Saturday paper and more "For Rent" ads - so wish us luck. We're off to breakfast tomorrow morning with some of the other Australian families on the island - it's like being the new kids in school - everyone's being extra nice to us in case they find out we're cool later on.

Oh, before I forget - we now have a mobile phone if anyone wants to call us. We won't post the mobile number here, but if you think you might want to know it, email one of us and we'll ping it back to you. US phone companies don't distinguish between mobiles and landlines, so it won't cost any extra to ring us.

Anyway, we hear it's snowing in Oz, so we hope everyone's getting stuck into it. Remember, it's only snowing because we sacrificed our winter for you all. (Or is that y'all?) Send us some photos of the white stuff.

Have fun.


PS, here's a photo of Kieran looking windswept.


At 1:58 AM, Blogger Ben and Karen said...

Hey Guys,

So I'm waiting on the edge of my seat... did you get the house, do we get to see Kieran looking affected by other weather moods? Nah - it's great to see the sight and wonders of the Islands - definitely looking forward to coming and visiting sometime in 2009.
Catch you round, B&K

At 1:00 PM, Blogger sair said...

What? A top aussie bureaucrat complaining about dealing with other sick and twisted souls? Tisk, tisk :`)

Kailua does look magnificent! Fingers and toes crossed for you.

Dazz and I braved the crowds of pilgrims and spent the weekend in Sydney. Funnily, they all seemed to disappear on sunday... I wonder where they went? Haven't seen any snow yet (on the Brindies doesn't count), but did manage to see 1/10th of a snow leopard at Taronga on Saturday!

Sair n Dazz (in absentia)

At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Ciel said...

Well written article.


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