On Private Health Insurance

Last June, shortly after my application for a de facto partner visa subclass 820 was being lodged, I received a bridging visa. That made me eligible for Medicare, which I enrolled in immediately. For my American readers, Medicare is Australia’s publicly funded universal health care scheme. Now that it’s been nearly a year,…

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Hello Sunday Morning

Last week I attended Swarm Conference, Australia’s only conference for online community managers. I’ll spare you all the nerdtastic details as most of it doesn’t relate to the expat experience. There was one presentation, however, that is of interest and it’s also important. Jamie Moore talked about his community, Hello Sunday Morning,…

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Blood and My Iron Deficiency

It was serendipitous that I met a woman who is studying iron levels in women as part of her PhD studies. She asked me if I would participate. Since it just involved answering questions and giving a blood sample, I said yes. The results were a shocker. If you don’t…

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Tending the Grass

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Everything Sucks Phase. I referred to the five stages of grieving as an analogy to describe a process of acculturation for expats. The Everything Sucks Phase follows the Honeymoon Phase. I’ll arrive at Integration eventually, but I don’t know what lies between now…

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How To Beat Jet Lag

Earlier this week, News.com ran an article on jet lag. Ginger tea is thought to be a good way to counteract jetlag. Here’s a quick recipe: • Boil water. • Grate two teaspoons of fresh ginger (much better than powdered ginger) into a cup. • Add boiling water. • Allow…

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Using Tampons in Australia

If you are squeamish about the subject of menstruation, you should stop reading now. And possibly seek therapy. I’ve written before about some of the little differences and a couple of the big differences between America and Australia. Here’s another one that for some may be small, but for me is huge.…

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