Want to move to Australia? Jenny takes us on a journey and tells us about her experience in Sidney.
She gives us her tips for settling well in Australia and she makes us dream of her life on the other side of the world.
Moving to Australia: Jenny's experience
Leaving France for Australia
Why did you leave France?
Initially a professional opportunity for me. Then from thread to needle, from meeting to meeting, and especially from the fact that we were quickly stung by the virus of travel (of life abroad in my case), we finally never came back to settle in France, despite an attempt in 2013.
What were your fears and strengths before you moved to Australia?
The fear of making a mistake was my only fear. But my strength is to face my fears… So that's how I finally left! It was certainly also made easier by leaving together, not alone!
Did you speak the language of the country before you left?
Yes, but hey, it's like everywhere … What you learn outside the country is never really reality, either in terms of accent or vocabulary. This is even more true here in Australia I feel! I feel like I've learned yet another version of English!
Working in Australia
What did you do during your stay in Australia?
What did you like most about the local culture and what you liked the least?
Plus: Australians are inherently friendly, friendly at first, helpful. I spend a lot of time on public transport every day, and being one of the few people who doesn't spend her journey staring at the phone (even if I wanted, I couldn't, I'm sick in transport lol), I finally get to know the few other few who are like me!Cons: maybe my opinion is skewed by living near a seaside resort, and it's still summer, but I find that people really drink a lot of alcohol here, and they are stirred up hyper early … guys like girls. I have nothing against alcohol, but in these quantities, and with the behaviors it engenders, blah… But I repeat, it may not be Australian, because Sydney is full of foreigners.
What was the hardest part of your installation?
Moving to Sydney was probably the most complicated facility I have ever experienced abroad. The costs are prohibitive, and require to make the roommate even when we no longer intended to do it … And anyway, the owners ask for far too many guarantees to be able to settle right in your own home (what's more when you bring your pet back!). In fact, as long as I live in a roommate, I feel that my installation is not finished. I will never feel completely at home, even though our roommate is very friendly and the house is really great!
Living in Australia: practical tips
Do you have any sites to recommend to people who want to move to Australia?
Yes, self-help groups between French on Facebook can be useful (but note: very low age average, really very very low, with interests and concerns that can therefore differ greatly from yours …). I also recommend the Australia Australia site, with its very active forum.
How did you find a place to live in Sidney?
Are there any administrative steps that you have to think about before you leave?
Budget before moving to Australia
What budget did you have before you moved to Australia?
What did you learn from this experience?
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