||[Feb. 10th, 2007|10:43 pm]
Week two is successfully negotiated - I'm getting used to the place slowly, but soon things will change and Google's Mountain View campus will drift into the past. It will reappear occasionally as a strange dream.|
News! I'm going to be in Sydney for the reunion. It's ostensibly a househunting trip, expenses picked up by work ect ect ect. It happens to encompass the weekend of both the reunion and the Mardi Gras parade, so I won't be complaining. I'm bummed that Yuri won't be coming (at this stage) because if the visa is approved while he's in Australia, it's game over according to the rules. We can't risk it, so my real hope is that the visa comes in the next week. Then there will be two travellers.
At this point of the transition the there are flashes of the Australian future but they have a surreal quality, as if I don't really believe it's happening. But really, the real estate agent who sold G and I this house rang me out of the blue this week. I was planning to call him soon, so he saved me the trouble. yuriverse and I have also been shopping for new clothes to bring with us (they're much cheaper here than there). We've been shopping for our wedding rings. I suppose that means we need to have our wedding! So much is happening, and it feels like at the same speed that I remember during 1995 (the year G and I left Sydney for Sausalito). There are so many tasks, and each is irrevocable. Getting the new Australian job, applying for Yuri's partner visa (which also brought a significant level of participation in our relationship to both of our families), contacting relocation specialists, an accountant in Australia, ect ect ect.
Looking forward and looking back before crossing the Pacific for keeps. It's exciting and melancholy and uniquely memorable. It's my second time.