So we’re here now

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Right, time to do a proper entry. Now that I’ve munched down on Lilo & Stitch and had my obligatory orange juice, I can now begin the long wait for the ice to melt off the exits so I can venture outside.

Okay, so it’s not really that cold, as in ice forming, but it’s not exactly crispy either. The sun’s trying to come out, but it’s still overcast. And it seems that the real devil of the weather here is the wind – it’s icy cold. Luckily there doesn’t seem to be all that much at the moment, so by mid afternoon it should be warm enough for a bike ride.

Yesterday Ash & I went for a random ride around the area. Found a variety of places – finally found a shopping centre – and had lunch at some cafe somewhere… quite nice actually. Today I’m hoping to make it at least to the bottom of the hills, if not up them. It’s apparently a beautiful ride through that area, as I’d hoped.

So, our apartment. It’s pretty standard – quite nice – with two bedrooms (each with two single beds) and two bathrooms. All the taps in the bathrooms are those crazy American ones, but I guess there’s not much to be done about that. Also, the kitchen tap is backwards. Those on the planes over were as well.

It’s really odd that such fundamental things could be different, when – for example – the road signs and laws here are near identical to those in Australia. There’s just some corners cut off here (like their rules on turning right, which seem to amount to “go nuts, best of luck to you”).

Being a pedestrian here is scary. Ever more so the fact that helmets are not required for bicyclists, nor does there seem to even be anywhere you can buy helmets.

I’ll be not lazy later and take some photos (albeit iSight ones) of the place around here… really should get a camera. Anyway, I’ll post them up tomorrow or somesuch. My first day is tomorrow, starting with NEO – New Employee Orientation. After that there’s lunch, and then… well, I’m not sure. There’s a few orienteering things to do in the first week, but I presume I actually start work tomorrow afternoon. We’ll see, I guess.

I should note though that I probably won’t be posting much, if anything, here about work. Apple get kinda cranky about employees talking to the public, so, I’ll be erring on the side of caution.

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