In Wednesday’s post I talked about Ping-Pong Poms; that’s Brits who come to Australia to live and quit to go back to the UK again, maybe several times.
They are welcome to do that, of course, but what does that make me? I’ll tell you….
A Lead Balloon Pom.
That’s right, I’ve landed in the Land Down Under with a thud, and there’s no way I’m going back up again. I’m here to stay.
I love it here and have no thoughts whatsoever of going back. So what makes one person become a Ping-Pong Pom whilst another becomes a Lead Balloon Pom? I think it’s quite simple.
Friends and family.
I knew I would be leaving some of my friends and family behind. I knew there would be 11,000 miles between us. I also knew I might miss some of those people, so I knew I’d have to learn to cope with that.
I wasn’t going to spend all that time, money and effort securing a permanent residency visa in Australia only to fail to settle here due to something I knew was going to happen right from the start.
So I wouldn’t let that happen and in any case, any of my friends and relatives are welcome to visit, and many have.
Making new friends.
I’ve written many posts about making new friends, that’s because it’s an essential part of settling in Australia. If you want to read them, you can get to 3 of them from here:
Do whatever you can do to make friends, surviving in isolation is so much harder. I made friends, you can too, it’s not difficult.
Australia is a country to be explored and enjoyed. We try to get away whenever we can to see something new. We’ve been camping, we’ve been on a road trip and we’ve been on weekends away and weeks away.
This weekend is a perfect example.
On that occasion, it was just me and my family. This time we have booked our accommodation on four acres of land which has three habitable buildings and a treehouse for the kids. In total, there will be 10 adults and eight children.
Byron Bay is a hugely popular tourist destination, it’s by the sea, there are loads of pubs and restaurants and it is known as a bit of a hippie town. Perfect!
So do you think we will have fun? It’d be hard not to, wouldn’t it?
Byron Bay is also known for its surfing. I have no idea how surfing is humanly possible, but some of these dudes do…