17.05.2012 - 04.06.2012 13 °C
since the last time I wrote, the weather turned rainy as the winter started to be a reality in Melbourne. this was just at time I see England had some summer weather taking you into the mid 20degrees. however Melbourne at this point is not far behind your temperatures.
everyone knows winter means cold and flu time, Australia no different. came down hard with a cold which I can only describe as English flu. knocking me off my feet for a good week. all this time not getting paid from work and once had two consecutive days off work have to get a medical certificate from doctor, whereas England it is 3 days. however health system out here is loads more complicated. in UK you have a doctor where you register, here you go to any doctor you like. certain times you have appointments others you turn up and you are seen by first come first served basis. in UK it is free to see doctor, here Medicare (like our nhs) only pay for 85% of government schedule fee and you have to put the other amount yourself. however a doctor can charge whatever they want and this could be over the government scheduled fee, and you have to pay for that too. just to make it a little more complicated if you can find a bulk billing doctor this means they will only charge the 85% government scheduled fee so there no charge, but these can mean problems getting in to see doctor or travelling out of town for an hour on tram ( as I had to)
I also think that for a city that does get a lot of rain, Melbourne has not got sufficient drains therefore every time it rains there are large puddles that are unneeded. also health and safety of wet tram floors with no signs up to advise to be careful, however does UK really need to be told to watch for wet slippy floor when its chucking it down outside?
this trip recently felt like a new life not a holiday and I'm looking forward to bupa contract ending and hopefully having some savings to go and explore a new place in Australia. Bupa job got real busy in June running up to the end of their tax year and new rebate entitlements starting beginning of new financial year here.
one good thing about living in a big city is everything so close, for example laser quest just in city centre, five mins from hostel in a building which I could only call a mall but also includes train station, cinema, bowling & laser quest. also been cinema few times as cold outside so need inside activities.
another thing I find weird is eating out here, trying to find a steakhouse that you don't need a mortgage for or somewhere like a mixture of foods such as harvestor is impossible. however Chinese, Asian and Mexican every where you look. I also miss chocolate as it does not taste same here due to extra ingredient to stop chocolate melting.
mortgages are cool out here though as first time buyers need 10% desposit as same as UK however get given $7000 to buy things for house with such as washing machine. what a nice idea! also get to move in 60 or 90 days and if no chain goes for 30 days. that so much easier then our when everything is ready you will get moving date game.
guess travelling is harder then I thought, missing food, comforts of home, but mostly the fact people don't stick around for long. made a good mate colette who recently gone back to her home town of Perth, which real shame but maybe see if can go visit her at least for week or two as flight only 4 1/2 hours.