We're getting there. Tas is beautiful, almost everyone is friendly and helpful -- some fantastically so. There are of course flies in the ointment - but not in the expected spots. Customs and the quarantine guys couldn't have been more pleasant. So far we have at least to some degree succeeded in very nearly everything we need to do. The exception is to get our internet sorted. We have to do telstra -which everyone warned us against -but is our only choice for the island. And they - particularly the Eastlands Telstra shop have been the sort thing Australia should try to export - possibly to Somalia along with the staff. I don't think I have ever had "I haven't been able to set up the piece of equipment you've sold me(for $400), can someone help me," greeted with a reply from a rather fat hake-faced shop assistant "No."
The problem is BTW entirely something that only they can fix - the account can't be authorised because i don't have a telstra credit history (logically) and despite the fact that I am willing to pay for it - for the entire contract period if necessary this appalling little nest of incompetence won't help. Anyway -I have written my daily blog entries every day and will post them as soon as this hurdle is crossed. (not on this machine -and I am not translating or copy typing.