Category Archives: American Expat in Australia

Flat Whites Take Manhattan

It was a sad day when I said goodbye to coffee in Melbourne.  I loved the cafes, the lattes and the flat whites.  The creaminess of a good cup of coffee is something I’ve been trying to achieve at home with … Continue reading

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Bits of Aussie Influence for Christmas

While we celebrated Christmas in Jersey, Australian influence was seen in the details. From reindeer sightings, or wait… are those kangaroos? to a glass ornament hanging on our tree, to Aussie Jingle Bells by Colin Buchanan, “Oh, jingle bells, jingle … Continue reading

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Our Final Aussie Days

Donning heavy coats and gloves before going out has me reminiscing our final days in Australia.  We took our final trip down the Mornington Peninsula.  Alone on gorgeous beaches in Portsea (barely warm enough for swimsuits) we took our last steps in rock … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks and Going Home

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Thanksgiving came and went without a whole turkey (I roasted a $65 turkey breast from our local butcher over the weekend), without family football, without stuffing, without pumpkin pie, without a parade and almost without turkey-hand … Continue reading

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The Weather

What’s with the weather around here?  It comes, it goes, it comes back, and goes again.  The weather is incredibly indecisive and the forecasts are terrible about predicting inclement weather. Australians often complain about the weather in Melbourne because it simply … Continue reading

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The Castle

“A man’s home is his castle.” We rented the movie Australia with Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman (I love myself some Baz Luhrmann – just ask my Moulin Rouge watch group back home) and despite being disappointed, learned a bit about the country’s past (American schools … Continue reading

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Loving the Livability

If you haven’t already heard, Melbourne was recently named the “Most Livable City in the World” by The Economist.  While there have been arguments against this title, including lack of “urban density” and transit options, I reside in the affirmative camp.  Here are my … Continue reading

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Cup Day

Our first Tuesday in November, Melbourne Cup Day, (and State of Victoria public holiday) was spent at home organizing Halloween candy and watching the “race that stops a nation.”  We saw many champagne flutes and fascinators fluttering about the marquees.  Then the horses … Continue reading

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Halloween Rising

Halloween is alive and well in Melbourne.  Its popularity is growing fast.  Apparently it’s growing so fast that those unable to purchase their own Halloween decorations would go so far as to steal their neighbor’s decorations.  Our skeleton went missing late last week and my … Continue reading

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Australia, a postcard

My parents recently returned to New Jersey from their Australian experience. Here is a brief picture postcard of their stay in Melbourne and side trips to the Great Ocean Road and Tasmania.  We celebrated milestone birthdays and witnessed many firsts, including first … Continue reading

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