In the second of my guest blogs, nine-year old Mini-CBRbound uses his best handwriting to share his thoughts experiences from his first year as a Canberran. It’s not for the faint-hearted, he paints a good picture of deprivation in the early months after our move, but it perks up towards the end. Mini’s participation bribe was an extra hour on the Xbox – I can hear the squeals of excitement from the rumpus room right now.
What did you think when you first heard us talk about moving to Canberra?
When I first heard you talking about it I was excited because I thought we would be able to go to the outback a lot and that we would see kangaroos every day.
What did you think about it after we had visited Canberra on our research trip?
I wondered why it was so cold when Australia looks hot on the TV.
What was the most exciting thing about moving?
I think it was the last flight when we came in to land at Canberra and we could see mountains and kangaroos, although it turned out that the kangaroos were just statues.
What was the scariest/saddest thing?
The scariest thing was the lightning show at Questacon. It really made me jump. The saddest thing was our dog being in quarantine for so long.
What was difficult about the process of moving to Australia?
Moving into an empty house with no furniture and no Mr Pup. I missed all my toys and games. All there was to do for the first few weeks was sit on the floor and play handball.
What did you think when you first arrived?
That it was a lot hotter than when we came on our visit.
Did it take you a long time to feel at home here?
It didn’t actually take long at all, especially once Mr Pup came home.
Can you think of one of the first things that made you feel at home here?
When our friends came to visit us from Ballarat and stayed for a weekend and played with us. They also brought some furniture and a TV for us to borrow which was brilliant. After that, getting our own stuff back, and Mr Pup.
Can you think of anything you found difficult at first?
A difficult thing about moving was getting jet lag so we couldn’t sleep at night and wanted to sleep in the day, which was really weird.
What have been the best bits about moving to Canberra?
I still get excited about seeing kangaroos and parrots in the wild. It makes me realise that we are really here.
What were the worst things – were they the things you expected?
The worst thing was definitely Mr Pup going into quarantine. I knew it was going to happen, but it still made me sad every day until he came home.
What advice would you give to anyone the same age as you whose family is planning to move here?
I would say that if you like the cold and you like new things, then you will like Canberra.
What are you looking forward to in your second year in Canberra?
The thing I’m looking forward to the most is seeing our friends from Ballarat again so I can play soccer with them and have fun. When we moved here I thought we would see them all the time but Australia is so big that even if you are in the same country as someone, they can still be a long way away.