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Six ways to spend Thanksgiving 2017 in San Francisco

Thanksgiving doesn’t really mean much for expats. It’s not a holiday that we have memories from childhood of (unless you grew up in the US). Unlike New Year’s Day or Christmas, in some cases, Thanksgiving can turn out to just be two days off work that feel like you’re on…

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America’s pumpkin spice obsession

It’s the most pumpkin spice time of the year. I’m not a coffee drinker so before moving to the great US of A, I don’t think I’d heard of pumpkin spice before. That all changed two months into my expat experience when October rolled around. Pumpkin spice was everywhere. In…

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Paul Kelly at San Francisco’s Slim’s

Australian music legend Paul Kelly is finishing off his US tour tonight with a show at The Roxy Theater in West Hollywood. I was lucky enough to nab a free ticket* to his performance at Slim’s in San Francisco last night, so you could say this blog post is tainted…

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An expat’s letter to her former homebody self

Today’s post comes courtesy of Denyse Whelan’s Life This Week link up. The prompt suggests a letter to your 20-year-old self. My 20-year-old self did not have a handle on things by any stretch of the imagination. All frizzy hair and no idea about dressing well or not being strange…

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5 Reasons you need to see a US soccer game

Sports are a huge part of life in the US – be it the NFL, baseball, basketball, hockey or soccer. Getting to a game is on the bucketlist of travellers to the US for good reason. The atmosphere is second to none, you’ve got to try the food, there’s entertainment…

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An Aussie’s first trip to Walmart

Walmart: Where you can buy a gun, a bolt of fabric, a laptop and a pet fish. All without leaving the air conditioned confines of the store. For the Australian’s out there, it’s like combining Spotlight, The Good Guys, Pets Warehouse and… well I don’t really know where you’d buy…

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Australia’s Same Sex Marriage vote from overseas

Australia’s plebiscite, or “survey”, on same sex marriage is about to get underway via the postal system. But what does that mean for Australian expats who want to have their say? Aussie’s of voting age all over the world will be able to vote as long as their names and…

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Aussies Round the World: Challenges of cross-national relationships

This is a guest post by Aussie expat Melanie, who inspires expats over at her blog, The Wandering Darlings. She writes about her her life in the UK with her British fiance and their bunny Bruce. Here she writes about the joys and difficulties of cross-national relationships. Find her on Facebook and Instagram for more…

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10 lessons learnt from moving abroad

My two year “America-versary” crept up and slinked by quickly. I had an inkling that moving abroad would change my outlook on life and the world, but you never really know how you’re going to react to a place until you’ve lived there a while. Having lived in both the…

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Expat life: Dealing with sickness and tragedy

Sickness and tragedy aren’t generally things at the forefront of an expat’s mind, until of course, something happens to a friend or family “back home”. Often times the guilt rolls in waves, leaving you with “what if’s” and questions that can’t possibly be answered. Frankly, those questions shouldn’t even be…

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