Week One

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Yes, we've made it to Sydney. Apologies for the delay in updating, but we've discovered that fast, free wifi connections are something we've left behind in San Francisco.

Our first week as Sydney-siders has not been particularly glamorous. It's rained nearly every day since we've been here (pretty much nonstop this weekend), I caught a cold on the plane that doesn't want to quit, and we're quite tired of living out of suitcases. Mostly the week was devoted to dealing with banks, cell phone companies, the immigration office, and apartment-hunting.

The good news of this story is that (fingers crossed) we think we've found an apartment! Since we arrived, our ex-pat friends here have been regaling us with real estate horror stories, so I was beginning to have visions of us homeless, and having to sleep at Bondi Beach. (Which I guess wouldn't be too bad actually...) But we've put a deposit on a lovely furnished apartment in Surry Hills - a neighborhood I loved last time we were here, and was hoping we'd settle down in.

I'm not sure what neighborhood I'd compare it to in San Francisco. It's got the nice restaurants and bars of the Mission, but a bit more grown-up. But it doesn't seem to be overrun with strollers like Noe Valley and it's got more of a modern vibe. Why compare, I guess? It's also home to what is easily the frontrunner for my favorite vegetarian restaurant in Sydney: Yulli's.

Most of their dishes can be made vegan (they've got a separate menu, and also a separate gluten-free menu upon request) and it's an eclectic mix of cuisines, mainly Asian and Mediterranean. Seems fairly typical for Australian cuisine, near as I can tell. They also have one of the best selections of local beers and wines that we've found and a bit of a chill hipster vibe.

We'll know for sure about this apartment by the end of the week, and I have a feeling we'll be having a lot of Yulli's celebration dinners.


Boots Wang said...

This is awesome! Glad you guys found an apartment so quick. I've been told many housing horror stories for expats in amsterdam myself, so this is a big relief to hear.

I'm still a bit sad that I didn't get to attend any of the going away parties when you guys left. I just made it back to the states this past weekend :( bad timing... Well, may be I'll visit Sydney one day. who knows :)

Mandee said...

Congrats on finding an apartment :)

I haven't been to Yulli's since last year and now I really want a serving (or two!) of their dumplings!

Sharon Troy said...

Hi Boots! How was Amsterdam? Glad we at least got to hang for a while before we left. Hope your move goes well. We've definitely had some hiccups - the worst has been with our bank. I recommend seeing if you can open up an account in Amsterdam before you move, and getting money transferred asap. If we do get this apartment Friday we're still not 100% sure how we're paying the deposit because Chase bank has been screwing us left and right!