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G’day From Melbourne
Posted By Marco On November 23, 2010 @ 18:10 In Down Under | No Comments
Well, it is not as easy as I thought to keep two blogs about “down under” up to date. That is why my German blog  will probably get priority over this one – meaning that I will probably report in smaller doses here.
After my family and friends said good-bye to us at the Frankfurt airport last Thursday, our first aim was Singapore, where we arrived approximately 13 hours after take-off in Frankfurt. After 2 hours waiting time at the Singapore airport, it took us another 6.5 hours to arrive at Tullamarine airport in Melbourne, Australia.
Everything went quite smoothly – we had only 74 kg luggage altogether, which gave us an emergency reserve of 6 kg (since we ordered our tickets with the IOM , we had 40 kg + 7 kg hand luggage each).
I was a little concerned about my hand luggage, which slightly exceeded the allowed 7 kg, but no one really bothered. This is different to the Australians: when I left from Melbourne to Germany before, they actually weighed my hand luggage.
Also, customs/quarantine was much easier than the last times. Since I was now a migrant and no tourist anymore, I just had to declare my wooden guitars (which stayed intact, thank God) and our shoes (which were thoroughly cleaned, anyway) – and that was it. No X-ray, no further inspection.
Well, I didn’t have anything else to declare, anyway, but Australian customs/quarantine are known to be very strict, so even if you are on the safe side, you always feel a little awkward. But I think that is exactly the image that they want you to have, so that you don’t even think about trying something unlawful.
The Australian government names 7 things you should do first if you are an immigrant :
I already registered with Medicare yesterday, which only took about 10 minutes. That seems unbelievably quick for a German who is used to wait for days until the membership is approved.
Centrelink was no great help, I have to get in contact with immigration about how to get my work documents translated. Next thing on my schedule is to apply for a TFN online.
The jetlag still has a hold on me. I hope that is gonna be over in a couple of days.
Think we’ll go for a walk soon, since we have a terrific 30 degrees here.
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URLs in this post:
 German blog: http://www.marco-in-australien.de
 IOM: http://www.iom.int
 7 things you should do first if you are an immigrant: http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/settle-in-australia/to-do-first/