A new beginning, your experiences?
September 22, 2008 9:00am CST
Well, my partner and I are currently living in a backpackers' hostel. Bummer. But it's because we are trying to move house, several hundred miles away! Obviously it's kinda hard to find a job and a new home if you're not in the area. A new city, a new house, a new job and hopefully new friends... yeah, we er... don't know anyone here. XD So, my question to you? Have you ever moved to a totally new place, far away from everyone and everything you know? How did it work out? Are you still there? Are you happy? Or did it all go kablooey? Come on, share...
22 Sep 08
Yes, we moved 2000 kms from a large capital city to a tiny country town over two years ago, and yep, still here. Well, we would be lol, who wants to go through all the hassle of selling up and moving, especially at our age. The hardest thing was the no friends issue, but we've become involved in the regional folk music and kinky scenes, so even if the actual township is a little standoffish (we'll be tourists still 20 years after we're buried here lol), we have got around that. And we have begun to make truly local contacts - the trivia night last week was very useful. Hope you settle in well and enjoy your new life. Lash
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24 Sep 08
It took me about five years to start being accepted by the locals in my little university town, and that was partly down to me working in a little local shop. Hard work sometimes, isn't it? And thanks, I'm sure we will. In fact in the last 24 hours we have found a place to live! Woot! Now all we need to do is go alll the way back to our old place, pack and move our stuff... eugh. I hate moving house.
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22 Sep 08
Let's see.....A little over 4 years ago, I moved from Indiana to Wyoming to work at Yellowstone National Park. Now that was a big change for me. I had been in Illinois and Indiana nearly all my life except for the time that my ex-husband and I traveled off and on for about a year and a half. When I made the move, I sold nearly all of my stuff and stored my important stuff at my sister's house. I took with me clothes that would be good for winter, a winter coat, important papers, a camera, my alarm clock, my stuffed cat named Frankie (used him for a pillow on the bus out to Wyoming and back), an extra pair of shoes and my favorite boots. I packed all this stuff in a back pack, a shoulder bag, a big rolling suitcase and a rolling duffle-type bag. I stayed at a hostel for a night when I arrived in Bozeman, Montana. I had the best sleep there after spending nearly 3 days on a bus. I think it cost me only $12 for the night, too. That great night of sleep was well worth the money. While on the bus from Yellowstone, I met a few people that I would be working with at the park. We asked the driver about the park and what kinds of animals are there and in what activities we could participate. The first few days at the park was hard on me because I was not used to the high elevation. I could not walk too much more than 20 yards at a time without stopping to catch my breath. It took me about a week to get used to it. My job at the park was line-server and cashier. I liked the cashiering better. Serving from a buffet-type line simply killed my back. The main thing that I did not like about where I worked--that is the company that managed the food services there--was that the management was poor. The shift "managers" were very young and did pretty much what they wanted to. One manager very rarely came out into the dining area to meet and greet customers, did not walk the restaurant to see what was needed as far as what products were getting low, to see if extra help was needed in any certain area,.......he just did not do it well. Another manager did a better job though. He was young, too. But he at least noticed the efforts we put into our jobs. One time he did tell me that I was doing a good job and that "quiet" ones tend to get overlooked. When he told me that, it showed me that he was pretty much the ONLY one in management who noticed that I tried to do my best and that he appreciated it. Anyway, to make this long story a bit shorter, I was at Yellowstone for only 3 weeks. So, I moved back home to Indiana and started over.....again. I have worked at Walmart for two years now and I'm about ready for a change of scenery again. I'm thinking along the lines of going to Tennessee. At least with where I work, I have the ability to transfer to another store in a different area.
24 Sep 08
Man, those could have been three awesome weeks for you, sounds like those rubbish managers ruined it. I've found in most places I work, that are run by big conglomerates, that the management is poor, for whatever reason; too young, don't care, don't know the system, or just plain incompetence. Sounds like you have permanent itchy feet; a lot of travelling. I'm hoping this will be our last move for a fair few years. I hate moving house and I've done it every year for the past six... student living. My friend that is coming up with us is simply transferring stores. I had been working for a little local shop and cafe... then I lost my job, so I couldn't do that. Still, I found another job quick enough. Good luck for when you move again :)
22 Sep 08
It is a fact that while we are at new place and we do not any body there, it is difficult to find house to live and I think we have to depend upon the dealers in property business who can get us a house on rent or lease. If we are also finding job first it is more difficult to locate a house to live and then find the job. I had been away from my house hundred miles away but my position was different because I went there to join my regular job and the people in the office I joined helped me to find a house there.
24 Sep 08
Oh we haven't gone through a letting agency. Those people are nothing if not crooks. And the few I have had the misfortune of dealing with were thoroughly incompetent. We did all the work ourselves. In two weeks I've managed to get a job and now a house, yippee! Though I'm happy doing monkey work for a few months till I can find something more fulfilling. Thanks for responding.