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Ponderings and plans
I ran out of time to put this in the last entry, BUT... remember a while back I researched trail riding in Brisbane? I've never ridden a horse and it's an experience I'd like to have. Anyway, at the time we couldn't do it because the car was (and is) dying and all the riding places are too far away.

Anyway, Liz's birthday is a few days before mine, and she has also never gone riding. So she's doing a big trail ride with a group of friends for her birthday in Canberra, and Joe and I have been invited. The only problem is, it's going to happen in mid-April and I can't find any cheap airfares from Brisbane to Canberra. The GOOD news is that with Joe's (very late) tax return going in this week, and with the $900/ea stimulus package payment we're getting from the government, we're going to hit our savings target for the van a lot earlier than we thought we would... so hopefully we'll have the van by mid-April so we can make Canberra our maiden voyage! We'll be losing our vanginity, heh.

In the course of my Slow Gradual Planning for an eventual Canada move, I got a quote from JetPets for the cost of transporting Nami and Jangles to Canada. Sawyer will be staying in Australia. Transporting the other two going to cost $1800, yikes. But I've been with Nami for seven years now, and Jangles imprinted on me when I hand-raised him from a tiny toothless kitten!grub; I couldn't leave them behind. Sawyer loves everyone, on the other hand (especially those with canned food) - he'll be okay.

Joe thinks he knows what he wants to do career-wise; if he decides to go with this option it'll start in 2010 and require two years of study and one year of placement, so we won't be doing any big moves until late 2012 at the earliest. Not a bad thing though... that'll give us plenty of time to save for the move and we can have lots of travel adventures in the meantime.

I thought long and hard about the buying-a-house-now thing... whilst I could manage it, I'm going to hold off for a while longer and see what the market does. It doesn't look as though it's going to get better anytime soon. Susan's accountant has this theory that once Rudd stops offering the additional First Home Owners Grant, prices will drop further to compensate for the corresponding drop in buyers. I might yet decide just to build on the block of land instead... I want more time to think on this.

Sorry, a very boring entry from me today! Later I will make things better and write about the crazy dude who cornered me outside of our local Thai restaurant last night. :)
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scoutlostthewar From: scoutlostthewar Date: March 12th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Look at doing a flight/bus combo to Canberra via Sydney. The bus from Sydney to Canberra is usually only $15 and is only 3 hours and is fairly comfortable (not too packed, the road is pretty much a straight line once you get out of Sydney) and the flight to Sydney is only an hour and is usually cheaper. than flying to the ACT.
tania From: tania Date: March 12th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd checked flight + train and that was expensive - bus could be good! I'm stalking Virgin's daily happy hours at the moment, though it's looking increasingly like we'll have a van by then and be able to make it a road trip anyways.
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