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We should have known - you go to bed at , you wake up at about , and can't get back to sleep!
Never mind, at least we were up and about early and set out for some more sightseeing and send a few emails to reassure people we'd arrived. We also started to think about looking for some work, and I fired off an email to an agency called Pinnacle Hospitality near the Rocks which I'd found online at home, and asked if we could come and see them. We got one back later in the day and had an interview a few days later, proved we could carry three plates at once and could set a table and got work within a few days. It's an agency that, if it's still there, I'd recommend. They helped us with directions, phoned frequently with jobs for us (which you could obviously say no to if you didn't want them) and were very friendly and professional. We had to buy 'agency' uniforms though - black trousers, black court shoes for me/ lace ups for men, white shirt and a black tie, but again the agency gave us the names of shops where we could get the clothes at a reasonable price.
The Funk House did have a jobs board, but a lot of it was for outside
The next challenge was finding somewhere else to live, because although the hostel offered good weekly prices, we wanted to be a bit nearer the city centre and have our own space. We did stay at the Funk House for two weeks though, and were ready to move when we eventually did! We viewed a number of places, ranging from a whole apartment to ourselves to half a living room partitioned with a Japanese screen...to get to 'your' room, you had to walk past another 'bedroom' on the other side of the room!! Not for us!
We eventually found a flat in the Pyrmont area, opposite the Fish Market. We rented a room from it's owner, a Korean student who gave us a great deal. He had a PC in the flat, so in house internet. There was also a recreation centre in the block, with a swimming pool, small gym, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. We made good use of the pool with one or other or both of us in for a swim every day. We found the room through an accommodation centre on
So after a few days, we had jobs, a place to stay and an idea of our way around.
We were set for the next two months!