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In my friendship group, the phrase ‘updatey your matey’ generally signals that the next few hours will be spent deep in conversation about 1001 things, as and when they occur to the participants of the conversation, when said participants haven’t seen each other for some time. Which is sadly rather common in friendship groups where you’ve moved away from wherever it was you met in the first place, and are now deep in the Corporate Grind. Well, that got depressing very quickly. What I mean to say is, I feel we haven’t seen each other for a little while and…

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This blog is all about balance. This blog is all about keeping it real. I told you the things I love about living in Australia, now it’s time for the not so good stuff. In the spirit of openness and transparency, here are the things that I don’t love about living in Australia. It gets dark really quickly Nights fall super fast in Australia. I’m used to the long twilight of the UK, particularly in summer (in the winter you don’t really notice it because it falls so early…). But here, it seems like it it bright sunshine one minute,…

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“So is it really that different from the UK, living in Australia?” This is something I’m asked on a semi-regular basis. And actually, it sort of is. But in a very subtle way. Now that I’ve lived here a full year, I think it’s high time I shared what I’ve learned about these subtleties, in case it might help some other poor pom. You stand on the left on escalators, not on the right This one fully blew my mind. And got S fully grumped at by a so-called laid back Sydneysider when he got it wrong. This makes no…

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Are you nosy? I’m nosy. I like looking into people’s houses, and into their schedules. That’s why I like tv renovation shows, and reading people’s diaries (joking… sort of). This post will hopefully bring you a bit of both – a breakdown of what I did on a random day in April. The last time I did one of these was almost exactly 3 years ago, and reading it back is quite funny because I still wear that outfit all the time (except for the blazer, which was a cheapy one from Primark and it fell apart), I still wear…

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Maybe it’s just because I was raised in the UK, but I personally am fairly uncomfortable with a great deal of money chat. I’ll talk directionally, but coming out with an actual figure is something I’m really not used to doing. And I don’t hear many others around me doing it, either. I mean, I get it. Boasting about money is vulgar; it comes under the same category as talking about religion or politics over the dinner table, right? However, I think that we’ve thrown the baby out with the bathwater by avoiding money talk altogether – what about discussing…

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Real talk. We’re currently on a holiday hiatus right now, because what with potential job changes, our string of visitors, and both of us needing new phones, travel is off the cards for the immediate future. I am not allowed to book anything. Nope. Not even so much as a road trip. Which, of course, means I now want to go EVERYWHERE and see EVERYTHING. So I thought I’d write a list right here right now of all the Australian road trips I’m just itching to take, so that when we once again roll round to travel booking time I’m…

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A Nesting Nomad - Sharing the realities .. by Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad - 2M ago

Welcome to our one year expativersary celebration post! We made it a whole year in Australia! Now, this may not mean much to anyone else, but I believe life is all about celebrating the small wins as well as the big ones, and I am choosing to celebrate today. One year ago today, we stepped off a plane bleary eyed and full of excitement (and bad plane food, boiled fish for dayyys), ready to start our journey. Instead of the usual monthly update, I thought I’d do something a bit different this time and share a bit more about why…

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A Nesting Nomad - Sharing the realities .. by Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad - 2M ago

I wrote this post just before we left to move to Australia, but it got buried in my drafts and it made me too sad to read back over it. So I’m publishing it now, on the eve of my first expativersary. It all still rings true. Leaving has got me all nostalgic about this little house of ours and how much I’ve loved living here and getting to know the town of Bedford over the last 3 years. This is not a post about all the people I’ll miss when we move to Australia, because that makes my chest…

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When we moved to Australia from the UK a year ago, we had some decisions to make about what we would be taking, and what we would be leaving behind. Whilst we wanted to minimise potential shipping costs, we were also a bit beyond the phase of moving across the world with a couple of suitcases and an optimistic attitude. So after much deliberation and more than one list (who am I kidding, of course I made spreadsheets), here is what we settled on. What I packed Our wedding china I love our wedding china, and we use it every…

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This month marks a whole year since I moved to Australia, so I’m celebrating the milestone with some posts all about what it’s really like living here. I’m starting out strong with some of the reasons I love living in Australia. This is by no means an exhaustive summary of everything I love about this country, so if you don’t see your favourite thing on the list don’t be outraged – I probably love it too! Just leave me a comment telling me what it is and we can coo over it together. So without further ado*, let me tell…

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