It’s been just
over a month since we arrived in Darwin, and boy, have a lot of things happened. A quick overview of events in no particular order:
- Saw my second ever live West Coast Eagles game;
- Took a lazy cruise down the Adelaide River on a boat made out of 90% grey nomads, 5% lizard brain fear, and 5% absolute respect for crocodiles;
- Got very drunk with my new workmates on literally the first Friday night we were here;
- Saw both a Led Zeppelin cover band play with an orchestra (sorry for potato quality), and Xavier Rudd play with a multicultural explosion of talent;
- Started streaming my gameplay experiences thanks to super duper fast NBN Internet;
- Took part in the annual fireworks bonanza of Territory Day, A.K.A. Fuck Dogs and Old People That Have Experienced War Day;
- Scorched my feet on the sandy shores while boats made out of beer cans rowed up and down the shores;
- Went and saw some fuckin’ draaaaaaaaaags ayyy;
- Witnessed some truly spectacular sunrises from my apartment window;
- …plus some pretty terrifying shows of what a country will do to make itself feel big; and
- Watched a bunch of short comedy movies as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival.
That’s not even all of it. It’s been a pretty great introduction to the territory, and we’re grateful for having the weather and the time to get to do it all. The incentive is there though; pretty soon the wet season will approach and it’ll be all Lou and I can do to keep ourselves from murdering each other in this tiny apartment. But then that’s why that streaming bit is in there, I’ve plans for many, many Let’s Plays. We’ll see how they pan out.
It hasn’t all been roses though. It’s hard to pick up and move to a new place. I hate missing out on what all my friends are doing back home, especially nerdy shit like board game nights and D&D (although we totally nailed that one). And Louise is having a bit of a hard time in picking out what she wants to do here. Plus there’s all the pressure with trying to find a place for when the transitional accommodation runs out and we have to decide where we want to rent/buy for the next year/foreverrr. It’s adult stuff, and we’ve never really been in the (financial) position to make these kinds of promises to ourselves. Promises like “We’ll love this place”, or “I am definitely going to be okay without a pool”, or “NBN? Pft, who even needs that kind of speed?”*. It’s tough to try and predict the future; obviously, otherwise everyone’d be doing it.
Anyway, that’s kind of where we’re at, at the moment. Settling in, trying to look into the crystal ball, and generally figuring out what to do for the next few years. We’ll hopefully be back down in Perth around October, and then of course back for Christmas so I can shower my nieces and nephew with novelty crocodile toys. I’ll try and keep this a little more updated so I can point people to it, but if not, eh. (:
*Just kidding, I literally won’t move to anywhere that doesn’t have at least a 100 Mbps connection now.