Landing Down Under

13 Nov

After all the brouhaha of boarding the connecting flight, we calmly landed on the Oz soil. We were asked to chuck all the food items we had on hand into the quarantine bins. With heavy hearts, we had to chuck all the goodies that Bhabi’s parents had got for Mantam when they came to see us off. We were stuffed enough to not even touch those. After the security checks and picking the check-in luggage, we came out of the Sydney airport. It was 9 PM then and all the stalls were closed, we couldn’t even take a temporary SIM. We took a taxi, loaded all our luggage and headed towards Gordon, where we had booked our initial stay.

Taking a slight digression here:
While we were in India, we had sent hundreds of inquiries in response to ads for accommodation posted on all popular real estate sites. We got only two responses, one of which said that it was already taken and the other was way above our budget but we were still ready to consider it as we didn’t have another option on hand. But the lady stopped responding after initial correspondence. We discussed with A & S. They suggested that we look for some budget hotels as nobody would lease homes to people who are due to arrive from overseas. While we looked for hotels, they overshot our budgets by leaps and bounds. We wanted to save as much as possible as we didn’t know when we were going to get jobs. During our search we had sent an email enquiry to a guest house type of accommodation and the point of contact Danny replied with just YES. Whatever we would ask him, he would reply in a single word. We asked his contact number and asked A to get in touch with him and to check the accommodation once if possible. A & S went over during a weekend and liked the place, sent us a few pics as well. It was Danny’s parents’ home and they lived in one portion and rented out the other portion. We would have one bedroom to ourselves, but had to share kitchen, bathroom cum toilet, the drawing room with the guests in the adjacent room. The rate was reasonable as it covered utility bills, milk, bread and also dumplings whenever they would make them (This was incentive enough for me atleast :-P) And we booked it for a month.
Digression ends

During the taxi ride, Abbas was conversing with the driver. Mantam were hibernating with their thumbs in their mouths) My eyes were fixated on the meter, my mind was rapidly converting the reading into Indian currency and my heart was getting heavier with every added dollar. We had not booked a vehicle in India to drop us to the airport and instead opted for two taxies as that had saved us around 500 bucks. And here we were going to pay 10 times the amount it took us to reach airport and I just had to laugh it off and say “Welcome to Sydney Baby”!!!
We reached our temporary home, unloaded the luggage. It was almost 11 by then but Donny was waiting for us. He showed us around and luckily he had kept some bacon cheese bread for us. We were so hungry by then, we were thankful for his thoughtfulness. He had to leave for his own home, so we asked him to make a move. Abbas was a bit wary about having the bacon bread as he had never had it before. Out of hunger, he shed all inhibitions and ate it. After having the dinner, we quickly changed into our pajamas. We slept like logs with so much exhaustion!!!







Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


9 responses to “Landing Down Under

  1. Little Fingers

    November 14, 2014 at 5:59 am

    When I came to us first time , I took a taxi from San Francisco airport and it costed me 110dollars. I remember paying that with a heavy heart because I never spend that much in my whole life for a taxi ride.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Seema

      November 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

      We too paid precisely $123 and I can never forget it in this lifetime of mine 😜


  2. VJ

    November 15, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Hi Seema,
    preethi here..hope u have settled down !
    was reading all your posts and found out u have emailed me..I dint get any email..checked spam too 😦 u can email me at


    • Seema

      December 1, 2014 at 3:24 am

      Hey Preethi, sure will resend my email. Thanks for letting me know


  3. manasaprasad

    November 16, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I look forward to reading more about your new beginnings in a new country. Enjoyed reading this one!


    • Seema

      November 18, 2014 at 3:12 am

      Thanks Manasa. Will continue writing


    • Seema

      December 1, 2014 at 3:22 am

      Thanks Manas. Mors coming up soon


  4. joe

    November 21, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Hi seema.. How is Sydney treating you? We moved here in July. I feel Sydney has a long way to go to develop. Bad weather… Today is 39 c. Ppl are rude n the education system is very competitive…skilled Jobs are very few n temporary.. Health care is sad! Finding it really hard to like it…:((


    • Seema

      December 1, 2014 at 3:21 am

      Oh Joe! I’m sorry that you are having bitter experiences here. But fortunately, we have enjoyed thus far. It’s our first time out of India. But a few friends who have been around the world seem to echo your feelings. Hope you have better experiences to make you move worth it.



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