American Individual & Australian Mate

I’ve written before about the little differences between America and Australia. Separately, certain features of Australia such as the higher cost of living, stricter driving standards for young learners, better quality food, more recycling and greater conservation efforts, and universal health care may not appear to amount to anything more than simple cultural, political, or economic differences. Together, however, they suggest a significant ideological difference between Australia and America when it comes to identity. Americans…

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The Great Melbourne Earthquake of 2012

Australia has earthquakes? Someone should have told me about this. Victoria has been shaken by its biggest earthquake in 30 years. It scared the bejesus out of Laurie at The Texstralians. Tonight we had an earthquake! It was a mere 5.2 grade but it still scared the living daylights out of me! We live on the 13th floor of a high rise apartment building and it was just a little too strange to feel the…

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Real Australians

Image: John White.

After coming across a humorous article about “real” Miamians, I decided to ask, “How do you know if you’re a real Australian?” Here are the answers I received. You nod and say g’day when you walk past a complete stranger. You’ve chanted, “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!” You’ve eaten Vegemite, meat pies, pavlova, Tim Tams and lamingtons. You’ve bet on the Melbourne Cup. You have spider webs in your home. You’ve swung on a Hills…

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5 Great Books for Your Long Flight to Australia

Getting to Australia takes about 24 hours including getting to and from the airport, going through security and customs, air time, layovers, and so forth. It’s a long time and sometimes airport and in-flight entertainment isn’t very entertaining. I love to read and my Kindle must come with me. Here are some of my favourite reads for a long journey. These books can be read in 8-12 hours, which means you can finish one and…

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Tag! You’re It!

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A big thanks to Housewife Down Under for tagging me. I’m convinced tag is the oldest game in the world and while it’s not always a good thing to be “it”, when it comes to the blogosphere, it’s a great way to learn more about bloggers and discover great blogs.

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