The big news is that after an intensive search we pounced on a great apartment. The neighborhood called Surry Hills, which is a 15 minute walk due south of the central business district (aka midtown Sydney) and a 30 minute transit ride straight west from the Pacific Ocean. We love it because Surry Hills is full of the city’s best shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. We’ve found that any “best of Sydney” article will have at least one listing within walking distance of our apartment. It’s a great place for two new Sydney-siders to start exploring the city.
Our apartment is a two bedder with a huge outdoor space. In fact, the outdoor patio almost doubles the entire area of the apartment. We’ve spent the last two weekends completing super exciting tasks such as organizing the internet and cable, shopping for a refridgerator, and finding a good deal on outdoor furniture. And as lame as that sounds, that was actually the entertaining stuff. Since our furniture hasn’t arrived yet, our first weekend task was to locate an airmattress, kitchen aids, and the basic household items required to live. But each and every day our apartment feels more like home. And thanks to Esther’s brother Anton—who happens to own one of the most stylish furniture stores in all of Australia—we’ve been able to borrow a few items that help us feel more like civilized city folk.
I am now in my fourth week of work at Clemeger BBDO and I’m loving it so far. Everyone I work with is very smart, friendly, and fun to be around. An hour doesn’t pass without someone making me laugh hysterically. I’m quickly getting up to speed on all the slang (both Aussie and British). I’ve caught myself using “whilst”, “reckon” and “doo dad” more often than I’d like at this stage in the game. But I felt better when Esther used the word “knicked” during breakfast this morning.