My Australian English

There are certain words that will probably never come out of my mouth. For starters, I can’t shorten much in the way Aussies do. I still say … Read the rest


My Place in Australian Politics

You know how Buzzfeed has all those quizzes? Which Contemporary Artist Are You? Which “Twin Peaks” Character Are You? What Kind of Pocket Are You? … Read the rest


Australian Culture and the Workplace

I visit my local library two or three times a month. Browsing, I came across this little book and I had to share it. G’day … Read the rest


Anzac Day

I’ve blogged before about how traditional holidays don’t feel as festive to me here in Australia as they do back in the USA. I still stand … Read the rest


Hamilton Watts Migration Services

Throughout my writings about my visa process, I’ve mentioned that I have been using a migrant agent. Today I’m going to plug the agency. I … Read the rest


10 More Fun Facts About Australia

My entry 12 Fun Facts About Australia is very popular so I thought I’d go for another round. I wrote it in 2012 and have … Read the rest


Happy Labour Day, Australia!

Today is Labour Day in Australia, the day in which Aussies commemorate the achievements of the Australian labour movement. Once upon a time, workers to … Read the rest


Expat Syndrome

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is to respond to the following quote by T. Crossley: “‘Expat Syndrome’ is a condition whereby many expatriates … Read the rest


3 Things I Will Never Get Used To

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge begins, “I will never get used to…”. I don’t know if I will never get used to the … Read the rest


How to Speak Australian

Americans speak English. Australians speak English. Therefore, you’d think we could understand each other perfectly. Such is not the case. In 1892, German linguist Karl … Read the rest


Resident of Where?

There are only six reasons a person may be excused from jury duty and being in another country is not one of them. Yes, I have … Read the rest


Heatwave

Melbournians love to talk about the weather. “Four seasons in a day,” they say. After a chilly start to the summer season, a heatwave hit … Read the rest