Archive for August, 2012

13 Aug 2012

Not impressed with MoveCorp

3 Comments Shipping belongings

As I’ve mentioned earlier we decided to use a UK company shipping our belongings down to Melbourne. In discussions we had with MoveCorp prior to moving down here we were told that boxes would be picked up in the week commencing August 13th. The boxes are still in our old apartment which we do have access to and pay rent for until the end of August so even though the late pick up wasn’t ideal it would work. Last week when contacting MoveCorp again sorting out the final details we were informed that pick up will actually not happen until August 27th, the truck picking up the stuff will leave UK on the 13th. That’s the first we heard of this and we were not happy. That’s another 2 weeks delay and there is not much margin when it comes to the date either since we have to be out of the apartment by the end of August. Another issue that our contact kindly informed us of just last week is that the truck collecting our belongings actually is a 19 meter road train and that access needs to be good. You’re kidding me! Isn’t that something that might be good to mention a little earlier. Not sure how that will work since our apartment doesn’t allow for great access for road trains. We’re still waiting on feedback from the company so the story continues. It’s just typical, you solve one drama (the visa) and then another one comes along.


13 Aug 2012

Visa granted!

4 Comments VISA application

I am pleased to advise that Anna…. has been granted a Temporary Business Entry (Class UC) Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) visa. This visa allows you to travel to, enter and remain in Australia and is valid until the date specified above.

I received an email from my case officer on Saturday night at 9.42 pm (isn’t that a weird time to receive an email by the way) informing me that my visa was approved. So now, finally I’m legal to work. My visa was granted for three years but I think Simon and I’ll be applying for our own visa, independent of work before then.But for now it’s all good and I’m relieved that it was sorted so quickly. I actually had my decision in about a week after handing in the missing application. I was called up by my case officer on Wednesday asking me to send in a proof of my health insurance (being Swedish I’m not covered by Medicare) so I did on Thursday and then on Saturday I had my decision. Today I applied for my Tax File Number too so as soon as I receive that I can finally open a bank account.

10 Aug 2012


4 Comments Melbourne


10 Aug 2012

Sneak peek no 1

1 Comment Melbourne

It’s a slow process getting our apartment organized and furnished. It’s also frustrating not being able to afford the furniture we want and having to settle for something cheaper but at least it leaves room for improvement. 🙂

So after paying the big blue and yellow Swedish furniture store a visit on my first weekend in Melbourne our bedroom looks like this.


09 Aug 2012

The small things

2 Comments Move to Australia

When you move and start from scratch it’s the small things in life that makes a difference. Like having a hair dryer.


09 Aug 2012

The dark side

No Comments Quote of the day

08 Aug 2012

Nothing wrong with the view

7 Comments Melbourne

Every day the city looks different and I’m loving the view!


08 Aug 2012

My life

1 Comment Quote of the day

07 Aug 2012

Shop till you drop

2 Comments Melbourne, Move to Australia

We decided to go to Costco last weekend for a bulk buy of necessities. This is what we came out with, a massive trolley filled to the brim! Now we have toilet paper, washing detergent, soap etc to last us for months. 🙂


07 Aug 2012

The amazing view!

No Comments Melbourne

The view from our balcony is stunning. I wonder if we ever get tired of it. This was the sunrise view one morning last week.