We were up bright and early yesterday morning and began by having a long list of apartments that we had found. The list was starting to get far too long though so we separated them into ones that had viewings on certain days at certain times and then ones we wanted to enquire about, skimming it down a bit.
There's a cool concept here where the real estate agency has the keys to the property in the office and you can go in at any time and pick them up and see the property on your own time. When you do this you have to give a deposit of usually about $80-$100 and they take down your details and make a copy of your passport, then you're good to go.
We'll be chasing up more apartments today and hopefully we'll have something sorted soon!
We also went into the CBD (central business district) yesterday to both get our reciprocal medicare cards and also to go to the bank and finish up setting up our account and getting those cards. Both were pretty efficient and when we were done we decided to take a wander throughout the city since we haven't had a chance to explore that yet.
I read a lot of things about Melbourne before I came here, but one thing that stuck with me was: "If you don't like the weather in Melbourne, just wait five minutes," and honestly, of all the things I've read this seems to be the most true. Yesterday it would be raining and chilly one second and four minutes later the sun would be out, there would be blue sky, and you'd be getting quite warm. It was like this pretty much the whole day, not making up its mind. But then again, that's what it's renowned for.
|In the CBD|
|By the river|
After walking around the CBD we came back to the hostel for a rest, went out to view an apartment, and then had a walk along St. Kilda beach.
It was insanely windy, making it a tad cold (and my hair obstructing my view), but it was nice to finally see the beach up close. I'm sure it'll be far more enjoyable when the weather warms up and sun actually decides to stay out for more than five minutes at a time.
After all of our walking just these past couple of days we're really getting to know the area, which is good because we want to familiarize ourselves as quickly as possible.
One thing we can't seem to get a grasp of is the pricing. Of anything. Some things are really expensive and other things are dirt cheap. At the grocery store a jar of curry sauce was $5 but a loaf of bread was $0.85, while a bag of hot dog rolls was $5. Pizza Hut sells a large pizza for $4.95, but the bar next to our hostel sells drinks during happy hour for $15.
I'm sure with time we'll grasp it and figure it out but at the moment we can't make heads nor tails of it.
Now it's day 3 and it's time to harass some realtors. Wish us luck!