Moving to Las Vegas from Australia (appointed, rent, crime)
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My partner has been relocated to Las Vegas, so I have closed my business down (dog orientated) and moving with him. I have a little boy (almost 2) and one on the way (due in September).
We have decided that I will take a few years off, I can finish my studies externally at home, but my concern is that I am moving to a city where I know no one, have no idea of safe areas, good hospitals, what to do, where I can get child care if needed, are their such things as live in help.
Basically, I just need to talk to a local. I am nervous from what I have read in some of these posts about the crime scene, but hopefully somebody will share some positive experiences as well.
The heat doesn't really bother us that much (I am originally from Townsville - which hits heats up to 45 Celsius with 90% humidity). Also, generally living in Australia, most of the time its stinking hot anyway.
Have you ever even been to Las Vegas? You should visit a place before making such a big move like this, especially to another country. Take a trip there, rent a car, drive around and see if it's for you. Then talk to some locals to get even more clarity.
Actually Redwing and I agree it is wise to visit a city before ending up there. But I also was in the world where you ended up where you were wanted and did not get to vote. So the problem is understood.
First off Las Vegas is pretty much a standard American city of the Southwestern sort. American cities differ but mostly on a macro geographic basis. The cities of the NE are different from the cities of the midwest and those are different for the cities of the southwest. Not better...not worse...just different.
The only remarkable thing about Las Vegas is that it is actually a blue color city...and the industry is entertainment and gambling and food and lodging. We are pretty much different from anywhere else in the US and likely in the world. We sell pleasure.
However if you live here it is the same old thing. We go off at the appointed hour...serve our time in the Salt mines and return home. The rest of our lives is pretty much american normal. That sexy creature in the tight bodice who brushed a little close goes home to root for her daughter's soccer team.
The other key thing is that we have an irrational fondness for Austraians. I don't know why. Maybe because we really like to suck up to the English and in the American reference the Australian is the ultimate Englishman.
Anyway come ahead. A small sentence in Aussie English and you are made at the local store. You are the exotic and wonderous creature. Enjoy.
Practically it is easy to get whatever you need in Vegas. Cost is the only issue. When you get here co-workers and neighbors will generally help. And there are a couple of web sites which will pitch in.
You will do fine. For some reason or other this town likes Aussies and likewise.
RedWingsFan - No I haven't visited at all, but the move to work is from my partners side. Offer too good to refuse etc.
Olecapt - thanks for your input. I've been a bit afraid of USA, most of my travelling has been done in Europe, and I haven't ventured over to your side of the world. All I get to see of USA is in movies, tv and the news. And of course what my partner tells me when he gets back from business trips.
I've never thought of the "Australian as the as the ultimate Englishman". We sort of class the english as "whingeing poms", but thats probably because we are all convicts.
Thanks for your help though, any thoughts on forums that might be able to help me, mothers groups? (although I've never actually been part of one - it might be a useful place to start), a local newspaper site that i can visit etc. It would be much appreciated.
Mountainmutt, Vegas is not quite like any other American city in many respects, though in the basics it qualifies.
I have a love/hate relationship with that city. What I don't like: The traffic, the air pollution (when the wind isn't blowing the smog is awful), the visually unattractive type of desert in the area, and the fact that if you took out the casinos it would be just like any other dry, cookie-cutter cardboard city in the Southwestern USA. The only thing that makes it special is the Casinos/shows.
What I like: You can get anything you want pretty much 24 hours a day. It seems like nothing ever closes. You want a particular something to eat at 3 in the morning? No problem, you can find it. And it will likely be cheap. Also, the variety of foods available, both in restaurants and stores. For instance, there is a substantial Hawaiian community there so you can find island foods (and other items) fairly easily. (Perhaps the same is true of Australians, but I can't speak to that.) And I like that people in that city don't think you're weird if you don't fall into the "normal" category expected in less worldly cities. For instance, I keep what most folks would consider "odd" hours, but in Vegas no one bats an eye if I'm up and about at 1 in the morning and sound asleep by 6 or 7 in the evening. There is a sense of freedom in the city that is missing in many other places, and I appreciate that.
You will find that most of your neighbors have relocated from somewhere else, too, and they are mostly friendly and helpful. True, your Australian accent will get you far.
The two major newspapers covering Las Vegas are the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You can find them online, and you can get a lot of info there:
Do the Review-Journal first, as they have more categories to explore that you will be interested in.
Also look at the relocation guide provided by the LV Chamber of Commerce at http://www.lvchamber.com/relocation/index.htm I think you will find that helpful.
Thanks for your help though, any thoughts on forums that might be able to help me, mothers groups?
You can find Vegas mother's groups by looking in the Yahoo group section. It's free to sign up a Yahoo account. Then you do a search in the group section for "las vegas mother's" and other searches like that. You should find plenty of groups like that to join. You can also see them in the group section on Craigslist. Other good places to find them are matchingmoms.com and do a search online at google for "Las Vegas mom's groups"...you will find them.
You can always start your own, too! That's what I did when I moved to Florida a few months ago.
Las Vegas is a lot different from the rest of the US. People do all the same things they do everywhere else, work, church, school. But Las Vegas itself is different.
We should talk in a couple weeks! Next week, some friends are coming in from Adelaide and I will be taking them round to see all the sights. It's their first trip to Vegas and I am looking forward to their reactions. They are bringing some vegemite!
What sort of dog business are you giving up?
Even though Las Vegas is different, people are the same everywhere. You will make friends and get used to our strange ways. You may even come to like peanut butter and jam sandwiches! This will be a real adventure! Enjoy it!
My wonderful friends from Adelaide have gone back home. I had a great time showing them around and they thought Las Vegas was an amazing place. If they didn't have a business in Adelaide, they would consider Vegas.
We did some non-tourist things like going through some new houses and a trip to Walmart. Their conclusion was that life in the US was cheap. Food, housing, and other goods are much less expensive than in Australia. They said our packages of almost everything are huge compared to home. They thought the people were very kind and friendly. They felt quite at home in Vegas even though you knew they were Aussies as soon as they spoke. They loved the weather and the mountains. Overall, they really liked Las Vegas and said they would like to live there. They didn't think it would be hard to adjust.
Does anyone have any information relating to laws, requirements, etc. for Australians moving to the United States? I would like information regarding any groups of Australians that may be formed in Las Vegas, NV. Any information would be welcomed.
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