This was really wonderful! Thanks for posting it.
1. OMG, the dog leaping about in that photo - too wonderful 2. Actual suggestion: how to clean a bathroom properly. I completely agree with the suggestions raised here about how to cook a few meals, do laundry and so forth are really good suggestions. I have had to cohabitate with some complete filth-monsters in my time, however, and this (others not knowing how to clean a bathroom) was the most important to me at a fragile point in my life.
@EvanDeSimone the cost of living in Australia is quite high, but so are the wages. Finding somewhere to live in one of the cooler suburbs is usually pretty easy and if you move into a sharehouse, there's often furniture shared already so you only need to buy the bare minimum. Also, people are really nice :)
This resonates with me right now. My partner and I moved to Germany from Australia about 4 months ago. We just wanted to do something different while we could and while we knew we would be able to enjoy it. I was lucky enough to be transferred through my work, but he is a recent PhD in Biology and having a hard time finding work that he is interested in. Even without the drama of visas (he is the lucky holder of a British passport, enabling him to work in the European Union) the simple logistics of finding work in a specific field in a foreign country are tough. He's bored, so he has been doing an intensive language course, but what happens when that finished, when our savings run out and there are still no jobs to be found? We knew it would be a risk, of course but hoped that it wouldn't be quite this difficult.
So why is their wine rack sitting on top of a heating vent?