The Tourists are Missing Out

February is officially over and so is the Expat Blog Challenge, but since I missed a few days of it, I thought I’d keep going into March and complete it. On Saturday, February 15th, the prompt was, “What the tourists never see in my town that they are really missing out on.” I had to think about which town is “my town” and decided that both Miami and Melbourne are my towns. Let’s talk about…

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Undiscovered

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is, “Something I still haven’t seen in my expat country.” This one is easy. I haven’t seen a wombat. This one comes up a lot because my partner Theo loves wombats. He says they are the best to cuddle (better than his dog Sam and better than me, I guess). I got close to seeing one at Healesville Sanctuary, but they weren’t around that day. I saw a…

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6 Airport Travel Tips

Today’s prompt of the Expat Blog Challenge begins, “I was at the airport, and…”. I wish I had a funny or clever story to share. My airport experiences have all been very mundane. I think the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me was that the airline broke my suitcase once. The whole side was ripped off so I think it must have got caught in something. Thankfully, nothing inside was lost or damaged…

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Are Expats Wanderers?

  The second prompt of the Expat Blog Challenge is to respond to the line, “Not all those who wander are lost.” This is the second line to a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien titled “All That is Gold Does Not Glitter”. It appears in The Lord of the Rings. All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached…

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Strange America

Last week, I stumbled upon the hilarious blog Confiscated Toothpaste (how great is that title?) and the entry “18 Strange Observations of America from an Australian Living in the USA”. Some of the author’s points are on the mark. Yes, we have really fast internet. Yes, we’re very opinionated and we’re interested in your opinion too. Yes, we do think owning guns is normal. Yes, we eat and drink like there’s no tomorrow, food is…

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Of Hobbits and Immigration Officers

The trip from Miami to Melbourne was the longest journey ever. I traveled from Miami to Los Angeles to Auckland to Melbourne. The journey from Miami to Los Angeles on American Airlines Economy was as comfortable as could be. It’s depressing to say that because it’s actually not a comfortable flight, but my expectations of domestic flights have sunk deeper than the Titanic. Once upon a time, when flying across the country, you got a pillow, blanket, headset,…

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To Miami and Back

So that’s it. My time in Miami has come to a close. I fly back to Melbourne today. Here are some random observations and discoveries. Memory is a tricky thing. There are Latin foods that I missed while I was in Melbourne. As it turns out, my mom’s cooking is just as good as I remembered it.  I can’t say the same for some old favorites from various restaurants. Perhaps the quality has declined or…

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Flying Lessons

It doesn’t matter how often I fly, the experience is always different and always a learning one. It’s as if protocols for checking in, going through security, and getting to the terminal and gate are changed every day or, at least, every time I fly.

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Finding the Best Seats For Your Next Flight

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Whether you’re an expat flying between homes, a business traveler, or just planning your next vacation, you know how important the right airplane seat can be. Don’t let the airline choose it for you.

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Montsalvat Artist David Brown

On Monday, I blogged about the privilege of having been inside the Montsalvat studio of renowned Australian artist Matcham Skipper. While I was roaming the artist community with friends, we also happened upon David Brown, one of the residents and a master craftsman and maker of shakuhachi and violins.

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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 to steep for five minutes. Ideally you should drink it at the start of your trip, an hour before you take off, but often that’s not possible. Instead, you…

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Happy New Year 2013!

Here we are again, at the end of another year, at the door of a new one. Reviewing the goals and resolutions I set last January, I’m glad to discover that I met many of them. There’s no doubt though that 2012 was all about Australia. In January, this blog was born. I began reading other blogs by Aussies and American expats down under, and I began to seriously put together an itinerary, as well as…

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