so we live in melbourne, australia now. it's our home for the year. i keep walking into shops where people look at me funny for not talking right and realtors offices where i explain to them that we just got here yesterday and just feel a bit odd. out of place. which really, i am. but no worries. ;) i keep freaking out a bit when we turn into "oncoming traffic" in the left lane which really is just normal now. but just now i started to try to think of all the things i've noticed that seem weird to me being american, but strangely so many of those things already feel normal after two days that i can't even think of them.
we live in a hostel. it's in the city centre, it's under construction, there are people from every country probably staying in it. at least that is how i felt in the communal kitchen this morning trying to fix breakfast without utensils or plates or anything (we dipped our croissants into the jelly and skipped the yogurt we had bought). everyone was speaking a different language and we just kept gesturing to each other to communicate. it was amusing. our hostel is nice. we have our own room (jordan and i do) with a queen size bed, a desk, and a little "robe" (closet) for our things. our bathroom is across the hall and we have to keep watch for when it is actually vacant. but the hostel has a movie room, a little gym, and it's very modern. hopefully we won't be there for long though since that would mean we can't find an apartment.
searching for an apartment has been very different. the previous tenants were not required to clean before they moved out. so it's mostly just nasty. and i really have to remember often how Jesus surrendered his rights to HEAVEN for dirty, smelly, broken earth. and how i will have to give up my rights to a clean apartment upon move-in and probably things like a fridge and walls without holes. we'll see what God provides for us in the next few days though. maybe it will be nice!
now we're going to take the tram back to the hostel (from the shepski's/weimer's) and go to bed around 9:30, because we just can't stay up any later until we adjust to this time zone! i'll post again soon and i'll try to take more pictures. since so far i've only taken ones of the apartments we've looked at. oops.