I went to 8 different open home inspections today, trying to find a rental property that Fanfan and I could live in when we move down here to Melbourne. You know what the worst part about viewing all those properties was?
Heavy city traffic and I don’t get along very well. We have a unique hate-hate relationship. I’m all in favour of more relaxed driving styles, and it frustrates me that I can’t get that in the large cities.
But sacrifices need to be made to move forward in life. I’ve been enjoying the more relaxed driving in Canberra and other areas of Australia and even New Zealand in my past – now it’s time to try out big-city living.
As long as we can structure our life in such a way that we don’t need to do a lot of peak hour driving for hours at a time, every single day, I’m sure we’ll be fine.
Back to the properties…
By mid afternoon, when the last property had been seen, I still hadn’t found a place that I was happy to apply for.
We’re trying for cheap properties, ’cause we don’t have that much money. But ‘cheap’ in a big city also means ‘and nasty’. Cheap and nasty. That seems to be the standard.
From Monday I’m raising the bar. I think that looking at properties $50 more a week than what I’ve been looking for so far will make a big difference.
When I got back to my friend’s place (more on that shortly), I was so tired from all the driving and the property viewing and the driving… I had to have myself a nap before dinner. And right now I’m completely knackered. It’s not even 11pm and I’m falling asleep while typing this…
I’m not staying at AirBnB now…
The other day in my post, I’m going to Melbourne this Friday, I wrote this:
I booked a room with someone on airbnb.com.au tonight. I’ll be staying with them for 4 nights, but I confirmed with them that they’re available beyond that, just in case I can’t actually secure a house this weekend.
But then as I was travelling down to Melbourne yesterday (Friday), I talked to my friend Scot about catching up with him while I was there, and told me that I could stay at his and his wife’s place. Woohoo! That would save me some money! So I cancelled the AirBnB accommodation and spoke to my planned host and apologised for any inconvenience I might have caused him. He was pretty cool about it, so that was good.
It’s good to be here. It’s good to be in Melbourne and being so busy searching for houses, and coming back to friendly and familiar people that I can spend time with. I’m very thankful for that.
I’m using Windows on my laptop again
I’m also thankful that my friend is a bit of a tech-head like me, so that when I got sick of some problems I was having with my Linux OS on my laptop (Xubuntu) tonight, he got out his DVD of Windows 8.1 and I reformatted my laptop and fixed my problems. I’m back on Windows now, where things ‘just work’. Compared to Linux, that is.
I need some sleep. Goodnight!
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