It’s been just over a month since I packed up my car with the bear minimum of personal effects and set course for Adelaide. I ate up those 900km in a day and set up camp in an AirBnB in North Adelaide and raced around open houses and the various real estate agents cramming as many properties to view as was possible. We eventually found one we all liked, more expensive than we were planning but it was a place I could see us Klapdor’s living. Over the last month I’ve had that same feeling about Adelaide it’s self. This is a place for we Klapdor’s.
I joined the Online Programs Team at University of Adelaide in the midst of a frantic and chaotic period. While a lot of people may have been a bit daunted I was actually excited by it. I don’t think there’s any better way to gauge a team than how they cope with adversity, and I was impressed from day one. With a looming deadline, staff acting outside their role and some pretty high stakes on the line for the university the team out did itself. The fact that they had time to onboard me and help me get set up during all this was a testament to how well they can handle whatever gets thrown at them. And this is my team – and I’m incredibly grateful for them letting me join and the wider crew at Learning Enhancement and Innovation.
I moved into the house the next week after an inordinate amount of paper work, something you just don’t remember doing with 10 years out of the rental game. The house was bare so I managed to scrape and wrangle the bare minimums (bed, fridge, chair) to be delivered on the Saturday so I could move in. The place is still pretty spartan, but that will change this coming week with the arrival of the family!
We’ve settled in Norwood, a suburb that has it’s own village feel whilst being incredibly close to the city. It’s a half hour walk to work door-to-door and a pleasant one at that. I can navigate the quiet streets past stone cottages or hit the busier streets and grab a coffee on the way (Tell Henry is my go to for that).
Back home my wife has managed to land a job in Adelaide, work her current one, solo parent an active always on 7 year old, pack our house up for the room, arrange for it to go on the market and without finalising the paperwork yet, sell it! As far as capable amazing women – I am punching well above my weight. She is awesome and I am literally in awe of her!
I went home for a weekend in the middle with a van to load up and to do a working bee with friends and family on the house to get it ready for photos and sale. Everyone pitched in an amazing effort and got the house looking the best it ever has. It was great to have first and final drinks with lots of our friends on the new deck we build before Christmas. I hope the new owners enjoy it too.
I’ve had a bit of chance to explore the city but I’ve been nervous on doing it on my own. I want it to be a bit of family project – finding new places to go and have fun. I had a great ride last weekend in the amazing spring sun (which looking out at the rain today, seems far away) when I rode along the River to Henley Beach. It was the first time out on the bike for a long while and it felt good. I was probably a bit too optimistic on my abilities, the 19km to the beach were pretty easy, but the ride home was a little tougher. The legs were a bit tight and the seat was getting uncomfortable. I decided to shortcut through the city and on the small climb up from the river to the city my legs let me know they’d had enough. I sat down on the lawns and watched the people go by for about 15 minutes, drank and relaxed in the warm sun on a perfect spring day and things felt right. Recovered, I hopped back on the bike and headed home.
The time on my own has been nice but I’ve missed my girls. They’re coming across this coming weekend. We’re meeting in Mildura because my daughter can’t wait and wants to spend the 4 hours in the car with me! That’s something I wouldn’t have thought I’d ever hear, so I’m looking forward to it.
A month on and the move has worked out amazingly well. Friday night drinks with the team really confirmed that work was all coming together, and that these are my people. It’s great to connect with the people you work with day-to-day, and it’s been a while since I’ve done that and it just changes the whole dynamic of the job. And by the end of the week my other people will be here and we get to explore Adelaide together and make it our new home! It’s going to be Rad!