Getting Started

4 Things To Expect At US Customs

You’ve just been outside of the US on an exciting holiday (vacation) but now it’s time to dig out your visa and line up in the US Customs queue. Maybe you’re on a H-1B, a J or an E2 or E3 visa and it’s the first time you’ve fronted US…

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Living in a Sharehouse: The Rules You Need to Know

Let’s get one thing straight: I am NOT a good person to live with. I’m a neat freak but only in certain situations, I like my alone time and if you eat my food or finish the milk without replacing it I will wreak swift vengeance upon you and yours.…

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Watching Australian TV Overseas

Netflix and Amazon TV are fantastic, and I refuse to spend money on cable television here in the US, but sometimes you just want to hear your own accent coming out of the magical picture box. I’m not sniffing at American TV at all. It’s just not the same as…

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Moving to the US From Australia

You’re either seriously thinking of moving to the US from Australia, or you’re well on your way to planning your trip. It’s human nature to ring in the New Year with big ideas, big plans and big expectations. And what’s more exciting and daunting than moving to another country? Becoming…

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Who do I have to tip in the US and how much?

Tipping is my nightmare. I don’t know who expects to be given a bit of extra cash on top of the bill, how much says “you’re lovely” and how little means “this is ridiculous”, or when to offer the money. It’s a headache that I, as an Australian, was not…

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The California Behind-The-Wheel Driving Test for Australians – Part Two

When I finally hit “publish” on my first epic DMV post, specifically giving Australians tips on what they could expect when trying to get a California license, it went off. Expats actually commented on the blog *shock*. So you know it’s one of those annoying things that everyone has a…

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Swapping Your Australian Driver’s License For A California License – Part One

Yes, you read that right. PART ONE. Because when the DMV is involved, nothing is as easy as it seems it should be. It took me FOUR visits to get this far. This  post will detail exactly what you need to do if you’re an Australian living in California and…

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Australian Words and Phrases That Americans Don’t Understand

I’ve been here for a little over a year now, but I’m still finding new Australian words and phrases that American’s don’t understand. And have usually never even heard before. Some of them are so astoundingly simple that I wonder if they’ve been living under a rock all these years.…

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Infographic: When you’re Aussie and looking for a place to live in San Francisco

I know that I’ve been harping on with this topic for a little while now, but that’s my life right now. I thought I’d put together a few tips for anyone else who’s thinking of getting themselves a working visa and jumping on over. And the below, describes why I…

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For Rent: Comfy studio apartment in quiet neighbourhood (no kitchen)

Picture: PCST via freeimages.com  If I seem like I’m in a bad mood it’s because I’m apartment hunting. Again. And believe me, hunting is the correct term. It’s a jungle and if you even glance at the apartment that I’ve got my eye on I will regress a few thousand…

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