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Tasmania - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
This isn't "the" trip update. I only have internet access at work and management's been on a drive to make us harder, better, faster, stronger (in short: over the last few months a couple of the original artists from here started working here again, and with their 3+ years each of experience, they are Fast, and it reflects badly on us noobs, who are being called upon to be more awesome in every way now).


I miss Tasmania... I felt more at home there than I've felt anywhere else I've lived. It was the inverse of Sydney, where I never quite felt comfortable, as though the air itself prickled my skin.

When we got home we both came down with sniffles and sore throats for a day as we adjusted to breathing normal, city air again...

I miss the beauty and the simplicity of the place. The wildness and the possibilities. I miss layering my clothes and feeling my cheeks burning pink with cold. I miss the compactness of Hobart (and its ridiculous over-prevalence of excellent cafes). I miss the glacier-jumbled stones of the inner highlands. I miss the tiny stores and arts and crafts and bearded fishermen. I miss the sandstone ruins and the narrow, empty roads. I miss the dark and heavy presence of Mount Wellington. I miss the prehistoric fog embracing the land. I miss the place in a way I never missed the outback or the Blue Mountains or any other place I've been and loved.
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ameliabeare From: ameliabeare Date: June 22nd, 2009 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking for roommates.. :D
tania From: tania Date: June 22nd, 2009 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
No kidding? :O

Joe and I both loved Tas. We're seriously considering moving down there in six months or so, when he's finished his Cert and we've put away more moneys. It's our kind of place - chilled out and natural, lots of abandoned buildings... ;) If we move down we'd be wanting to rent for a while to get ourselves established. If you were serious, what sort of rent did you have in mind?
ameliabeare From: ameliabeare Date: June 22nd, 2009 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I am serious! I'm not rushing into the search because I really want to find the right person/people to share with. Ordinarily I would avoid a couple situation (the whole being a 'third wheel' in my own house thing, y'know?), but the 30 seconds of meeting you and Joe face to face I could totally see myself getting along with you two!

I'd say, for a couple, between 90 and 100 a week - plus bills, etc.
tania From: tania Date: June 22nd, 2009 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, awesome! I was worried that our van made a bad impression! (through no fault of our own,
but still, 'giant naked woman' van generally takes some explaining, don't it?)

I can generally tell I'll at least have a few things in common with someone when I meet them if they gravitate straight to the cat/s in the room. Which is precisely what I tend to do. ;)

If this goes ahead, you'll find we're pretty good about keeping ourselves to ourselves in a share situation - we're both the kind of people who need space and quiet time too, so we generally have a setup in our bedroom so we can stay out from under other housemates feet.

Sounds very reasonable, I'll chat with the boy about it. He has to finish his course (another 5 months to go) and one or both of us needs to sort out employment down there, so it's still all a nebulous future possibility at this point. I'm trying not to let myself get too excited... I have a bad habit of getting carried away with these things!
ameliabeare From: ameliabeare Date: June 22nd, 2009 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
The big room is reasonably big - it was Hammond's room when he was here - but still needs new carpeting and a complete paint job - amongst many other things around the house that probably won't be finished in the next 6 months. So, keep it in mind as a possibility. It may be that I'll need someone sooner if the landlords (who are also my parents, thankfully) may need to increase rent, in which case I'll need someone sooner. But I'd much rather someone from.... not around here. >_>

And definitely - folks who gravitate to my cat making 'awww' noises win lots of points with me too. XD
tania From: tania Date: June 22nd, 2009 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Will do. :) The condition doesn't worry us terribly; the room we're in right now used to be a kid's room and someone let loose on the walls with every colour of paint they could find. It's nuts!

Well coolies, I'll keep all this is mind and keep you posted!
peterchayward From: peterchayward Date: June 22nd, 2009 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Incidentally, I'm from the Blue Mountains. I suspect we have discussed this before.

I miss Melbourne.
tania From: tania Date: June 22nd, 2009 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Incidentally, I'm from the Blue Mountains. I suspect we have discussed this before.

Could be a 'grass is greener' thing - you grew up in a (relatively) rural location so you crave the bustle of the city, but I grew up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney (the icky areas) so all I crave is nature and peace?

I can see the appeal of Melbourne, for sure, but only when I step into another's viewpoint - for me, the personality I have, it's a case of "nice place to visit, wouldn't want to live there".

You planning to eventually work your way toward the Big Smoke then? :)
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: June 22nd, 2009 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Quick, be more awesome now!!

Also Ikea is a soul-sucking hell hole.
tania From: tania Date: June 22nd, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well of course, it's Ikea. It has no soul so it hungers for your own. :D Did you find anything you were after?
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: June 24th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
No! Most of the stuff we wanted was out of stock...
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: June 22nd, 2009 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
it does stir up romantic nostalgic imagery in my mind too.. the way you describe it....
tania From: tania Date: June 22nd, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, you should see the place. Words just don't cut it. I imagine in terms of diversity of natural beauty it's second only to New Zealand.
rahball From: rahball Date: June 22nd, 2009 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Gawd, every time you talk about running away it sends me off into a flurry of obsessive Plotting!

This time I've decided I want to move to Kingston (south of Hobart) because Netspace are putting in ADSL2+ internet and houses there are only about $250 per week.
tania From: tania Date: June 22nd, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do have a bad habit of plotting my escape, don't I?

Dude, dude, houses aren't just cheap to rent, they're cheap to BUY too. Seriously ridiculous stuff - you could pick up a decent 2-brm place in some parts for >$200k. And those are nice places in nice areas! Also, Tasmanians have a different concept of distance; they think 30 minutes out from the city is some sort of epic commute, so property gets cheap out there because apparently nobody wants to drive that far!

Joe is studying IT at the moment with the idea that there will be an increase in IT jobs in Tas because they're going to be the first to get the fiber-optic network, which will open up a few hundred more IT-related jobs. More still if any internets-based companies decide to operate out of Tas because their 'net will be faster than most of the rest of the country for the next few years. :)
rahball From: rahball Date: June 24th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Huh, if you borrow $200,000 on a 25-year loan at 5.74% the weekly repayments are under $300 a week.

Are interest rates honestly that low right now?
tania From: tania Date: June 24th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
They seriously and honestly are. :) It seems to me that this is a great opportunity for young'uns like us to get into the market. Oh, and if you do, lock your interest rate. ;)
rahball From: rahball Date: June 24th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
The other half hates the concept of "getting into the market" :D I bounce between "it's all too financially perilous" and "oo oo look we could buy for the same price that we rent!"

I wonder if we could wangle his parents into selling us their investment property on the Central Coast that they'd like to flog off for only $200,000...
ge_mig_du From: ge_mig_du Date: June 23rd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
MOVE!!!! hehe then I can come and visit.
tania From: tania Date: June 24th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
That's part of the plan. :D Flights from Tas to Melbs are silly-cheap on Tiger!
quillblade From: quillblade Date: June 25th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
It sounds lovely :D I'm so glad you had a good time down there!

(...damn, I don't have a 'squee' icon anymore. Cursed LJ account)
21 have fought ~ fight the power!