I’m In! After 3 Years My Permanent Australia Partner Visa Has Been Granted

I’m In! After 3 Years My Permanent Australia Partner Visa Has Been Granted

After almost 4 years of living in Australia and nearly 3 years to the day I applied to stay, I have been granted a permanent partner visa. *Pops open the champagne* The announcement was so unexpected.…

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Why You’ll Want To Be Green in Brunswick, Melbourne

Why You’ll Want To Be Green in Brunswick, Melbourne

I’m all for being a tourist in your own town and when I met Claudi, the founder of GreenMe Melbourne, at a Travel Massive event I told her to put me down for her next…

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How to combat homesickness at Christmas if you’re a British expat

How to combat homesickness at Christmas if you’re a British expat

Having spent the last three Christmases away from home I can say from personal experience that homesickness at this time of year really hits you hard. If, like me, you’re a British expat in Oz,…

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15 Quirky Things To Do In Brunswick, Melbourne

15 Quirky Things To Do In Brunswick, Melbourne

Known as one of Melbourne’s more eclectic suburbs, Brunswick has personality (and cafes) in spades and since moving here last year I have never been short of things to do or eat. So, for anyone…

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Checking In Week 12: Hooligans Graffiti Our Home

Checking In Week 12: Hooligans Graffiti Our Home

Some might think that because we live in Brunswick our homes are fair game for graffiti artists. I think, however, that if you are a graffiti artist in Brunswick, walls to spray paint are 10…

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Downsides To Living Overseas – 17 Sad Times For Expats

Downsides To Living Overseas – 17 Sad Times For Expats

I don’t mean to get all morose on you here but I’ve written lots about how much I enjoy living in Australia and have barely touched on the negative times you face when you move…

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Moving To Australia? Here’s How To Get Set Up & Settled Quickly

Moving To Australia? Here’s How To Get Set Up & Settled Quickly

It’s been 3 years since I moved to Australia but only now do I feel like I know my ‘TFN’ from my ‘bulk billing’. Moving to a new country, with all the logistics, lingo &…

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5 Reasons To Visit Cremorne – Melbourne’s Little-Known Cultural Suburb

5 Reasons To Visit Cremorne – Melbourne’s Little-Known Cultural Suburb

Nestled between South Yarra and Richmond, Cremorne packs a lot of culture into its 1 square kilometre. Once an industrial area, today the walls of Cremorne’s warehouse conversions house skilled creatives and artists. The streets…

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The Best Brunch Spots In Brunswick, Melbourne

The Best Brunch Spots In Brunswick, Melbourne

I’ve been getting around the brunch block a fair bit in Brunswick since moving to the neighbourhood and wanted to start making a note of all the places I dig. I’ll keep adding to the…

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House-hunting in Australia is eerily similar to online dating – and I hate it!

House-hunting in Australia is eerily similar to online dating – and I hate it!

Now that a million fluffy cushions have been strewn and we’re starting to feel fully settled in our new digs in Melbourne the horror of finding somewhere to live has started to fade. But only…

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