2017 has really started

  Remember this one? And this one?   Tim started school in April of 2010. A couple of weeks after arriving in Australia. He was happy to put on a uniform and start school in KW, with Mrs Wagner. No English, except for yes, no, yellow and hello. Zoë was in Mrs Wagner’s class as well. With…

Long Easter weekend 2013

Finally a long weekend with no plans or appointments. Although we are in Australia for 3 years now, and we are adapting the aussie lifestyle, we are still not infected with the easter show fever (yet?). Honestly, we do not understand all the fuss about the show bags. Maybe we missed it in our childhood….

Changes

No time to relax with the Kemna Family. It has been a while since our last post, and a lot happend since. Everything is going fine and this week we are experiencing the hot Syndey summer, including the hottest night in many many years. The temperature did not drop under 30 degrees. The newspaper of…

Herring & Mortgages

Update about what’s going on in the world, the Netherlands and here. Perhaps a little bragging about how fast things have evolved.

Off-topic: How salary caps are not the answer to fair play

I’ve been down under for just over a month now and during that time it got out in the open that one of the best National Rugby League teams, the Melbourne Storm, has breached a ‘salary cap’ and they have been punished by the takeaway of their 2007 and 2009 titles, as well as a…

Goodbye, So Long, Farewell…

It has been a moving week, our last week in Holland for a long, long, perhaps even longer, time. It started out on Tuesday morning when we had to part with out cats. Of course, Monday, we discovered that we missed one stamp on their export forms, so Melissa had to improvise and jumped in…

[dutch] de wereld is doorgedraaid…

Het nu volgende bericht wordt bij voorkeur niet gelezen door mensen die weigeren kritisch te zijn ofwel anderzijds banden hebben met misdadige organisaties zoals er zijn de overheid, belastingdienst, makelaarskantoren alsmede grootbanken. U bent gewaarschuwd. Daarbij is het gepubliceerd voor alleen leden van deze website. Een flinke tijd terug al weer was ik met mijn toenmalige…

Moving Phase Two

So, last week we moved to my parents’ house and all our own stuff was sent of in a sea container to be shipped to Australia. Today, our container was loaded on the cargo ship that will arrive in Sydney around the 8th of March. So, come to think of it, our stuff will be…

Moving Phase One

So, when we booked the flight, we got a date. We booked the temporary new housing so we know where we are when we land in Sydney, but there were still a few things to manage: Select items you really need close by, put them in a suitcase. Ship out all your other stuff. Find…

a place to live (for a while)

So, last time we booked, set a date etc, etc. Not far from today, all our stuff that we won’t take with us in our hand baggage, will be put into a container to be shipped overseas. So, from that point onwards, we’ll be living from our suitcases. This is a weird thing to do…

Visa Granted!

Ok, ok… I should have told you earlier, but the fact is, I just couldn’t believe that after 27 months of waiting we finally got our visa. When Rob from Move2Australia called us (heck, I think it was around 4am HIS time, now that’s commitment) at 17.45’ish on july 1st I didn’t have words. My…

What?! Finally?

After 13 months of silence, finally something has happened! We were assigned a case officer just last Monday! This means the DIAC has actually opened our file and requested medical and justicial information from us. The longest wait is over now. With the economical crisis and such, we were pretty afraid nothing would happen for…

Sigh….

Even though it looked al well on our last post, today, we are somewhat dissapointed. When the Australian government changed the law on immigration late August 2007, a surplus of over 20000 applications were filed just before that closing date. This now slows down the normal immigration process so that the last few months the…