Brittany West, Marquette Turner‘s first international broker, after much negotiation and extensive frequent flyer points clocked up for us all between Canada, the United States and Australia, has arrived on Australian shores.
Obviously she’s not the first person to relocate overseas, but we see this as a perfect opportunity to document the experiences of an immigrant. Therefore, we’re going to continue to document her experiences and takes on coming to the land down under. Simon Turner
“After twenty-two hours of flights, luggage checks and customs my best friend and I arrived in the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia from Canada. As we exited the plane, we were immediately engulfed by the warm air, sunshine and vibrant energy of the city.
Patrick a new coworker, was kind enough to meet us at the airport and give us a quick tour of the city before having a much needed sleep.
The next morning a bit jet legged, but excited to get out of the apartment and have a look around the city, we headed toward the downtown core, in search of a phone to call home and let everyone know we had made it in one piece.
I spotted a pay phone, so I stopped in a small coffee shop to get some change. The barista’s warm smile quickly turned to a completely puzzled look when I asked if she could please change my five for “two toonies and a loonie.” At that point I realized I was along way from home and the days of “eh” and “Tim Horton’s” (like Starbucks and Gloria Jean’s) were long gone. The loon is Canada’s national bird, which is why our one-dollar coin is referred to as a “loonie.” I am sure the barista thought I was a bit loonie, but the whole thing was good for a laugh.”
To be continued…