Immigrating to Australia: My story

airport at night

So you’ve made it. You were happily greeted by the friendly Customs beagle and you gave up your bunch of bananas, and now you find yourself breathing the fresh airport air. Never mind that, you’re in Australia. Where are you going? Where are you staying? Unless you’ve got friends and family already in Australia, finding a place to live, even temporarily can be difficult. The rental market, especially in Sydney has an almost 0% vacancy rate at the moment, and when you do find something, the rental prices are usually fairly high. It’s not fun.

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Living in Spain – The world was a different place in 1992

petersens in spain

The world was a different place in 1992. The World Trade Towers in New York City stood proudly, Columbine was the name of an alpine flower and Osama bin Laden was unknown.

It was the year that the Petersen family packed up their earthly belongings and moved to Barcelona, Spain. Tajma our cat was placed lovingly in a carrier and sent to Barcelona on a different flight so as to avoid British quarantine demands and Sheriff and Shasta (the two dogs) were sent to live in Canada and Chico respectively. We were on the adventure of our lives.

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Have wanderlust, will travel

earth from spaceHave you got that urge to just get up and go and experience a new part of the country? Or even the world? How about that far end of the local mall that you’ve never been before? It’s not uncommon for one to seek out the unknown, leave your comfort zone, and see what’s out there.

For many the journey stops almost as quick as it begins, staying in a fancy hotel room, ordering room service, and watching TV. For others, it’s getting your hands dirty and feeling what it’s like to not just see the culture that surrounds you, but experience it.

Wanderlust (Middle High German: wandern, to wander, and Lust, desire) is a German loanword. It is commonly defined as a strong desire to travel, or, of having a strong desire to explore the world.

Think you’ve got it? Most immigrants do. There’s a “push and pull factor” that affects the human population.

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An Expat Journey – My Arrival in Australia

Walking off the plane and into the new country that will become your new home is an unforgettable experience. Looking around at what will soon become a familiar sight can be almost overwhelming.

My flight was a fairly uneventful, 14 1/2 hour flight from Los Angeles on United. Granted, I would recommend other airlines based on comfort levels and customer service, but I really couldn’t beat their price for a one way ticket (which can sometimes run as much as a round trip ticket). United Airlines, or not, I was here. Finally. After a tedious and nerve rackingVISA application process , I had made it.