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By Y | November 22, 2014

Fun fact: Only 22% of living Australians can trace their ancestry back to English convicts.

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Knock, knock…uno?

By Y | November 20, 2014

My family and I love playing Uno (yes the card game).  I have played this game since I can remember.  It’s a great game that I was able to teach the kids quickly and easily and they love it.

When I first came to Australia before my children were old enough to play Uno, I worked with a child at a previous job and we played Uno.  When he had the last card, he didn’t yell out Uno.  He knocked on the table twice, while saying KNOCK, KNOCK, UNO.  I was like WTF was that in my head but I also thought the kid was just messing with me and didn’t make a big deal of it.

Fast forward a few years, and my children are in school and play Uno with their friends at school.  After dinner tonight hubby suggested we play Uno after we played Guess Who?  And my eldest did the unthinkable when he had the last card.  He knocked on the table twice, while saying KNOCK, KNOCK, UNO.  So I asked him WTF was that but in a nicer way and he told me that’s what everyone does at school.

I looked up the instructions that came with the game and on the internet and nowhere does it say to knock on the table while saying KNOCK, KNOCK, UNO!  So I ask where in the world did the Aussie get this from or is it limited to my neck of the Australian woods?  I remember from my college years we turned Uno into a drinking game and we even had Ghetto Rules Uno (where you can play multiples of the same card) and I can understand the challenge of playing your own rules but really KNOCK, KNOCK?  What’s that about?  The only thing I can think of is that it is used to make sure you have everyone’s attention when you say Uno and they don’t call you out on not having said Uno when you did, thus avoiding the dreaded extra 2 cards.  But can that really be it? Or is it like many Australians say haitch, rather than aitch?

I don’t know.  But I’ve asked my kids that when we play at home not to do the knocking as I get weirded out by it, just like I tell them that it’s ooono rather than youno.  And they’re cool with that.

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Halloween

By Y | November 1, 2014

I’ve posted about my pet peeve before and my abhorrence of people criticising Halloween as an American holiday because that type of prejudice against a certain group is acceptable because they’re only Americans.  Anyway I’m happy to report, I did not encounter any of that negativity this year!  No, that’s a lie.  I saw 2 people on my Facebook post the same picture of Halloween not being Australian, meanwhile I know for a fact they went out and celebrated it as well.  I won’t go into that.

Anyway, this year we were invited to 3 Halloween parties and went Trick or Treating, mind you 1 party was actually hosted by an Australian while the other 2 were American and British but it was awesome nonetheless.  Last year we only went to the American Halloween party and trick or treated at perhaps 2 houses so this year is a big improvement.  Also this year there was a Halloween monster bash fundraiser for a good cause!  Not sure what’s the change but it’s great.  I even saw some Australian celebrities posting about Halloween such as one the Bogan Hunters herself:

 

shazza

 

 

So thanks Australia for giving it a go!  I hope you all had fun!

 

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Tasmania

By Y | October 22, 2014

It sure is beautiful and you should go visit!

 

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The locals are brawling

By Y | October 14, 2014

Before visiting Australia, I had thought I would see kangaroos everywhere.  I thought kangaroos were the Aussie equivalent of squirrels.  I would see them everywhere and anywhere!  While yes they’re around, they’re not as prevalent as squirrels in the US and usually I only see wallabies.  I know they’re considered pests here as squirrels are considered pests in the States but they’re so cute and have a lot of street cred by the looks of it.

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Yes, come visit

By Y | October 6, 2014

Australia should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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This is home

By Y | October 4, 2014

You looking at me, heifer?

You looking at me, heifer?

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Supersize me

By Y | September 28, 2014

The other day a couple of coworkers and I were talking about food portion differences here as opposed to the US.  They couldn’t believe that a small in the US was a large here.  I was wrong.  The small in the US is actually larger than a large here.  Damn, I used to supersize my McDonalds (Maccas in Australian).  Now I rarely ever have a drink from fast food chains and if I do, it’s just a few sips of a small then I toss out the rest.

 

 

soda cups

 

 

 

 

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When birds attack

By Y | July 28, 2014

I’ve written previously about how birds are just not friendly here…or sometimes they’re too friendly.  We’ve had plovers, geese, magpies, and swans come after us on several occasions, actually on many occasions.  I thought it was just us attracting the weirdos.

Nope, it’s so common I came across this tumbler post that made me laugh.

 

tumbler

 

 

 

In case you’re interested, in the US, the most excitement we got from a bird was a silly cardinal that kept crashing into our living room window seeing it’s reflection and thinking it was another bird during mating season!  Beautiful creature but not very bright, meanwhile in the Australia, they’re beautiful yet aggressive!

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Aussie foods

By Y | June 10, 2014

I can say that my taste buds have changed since I’ve been here but I have yet to acquire the taste for any of the shown products!

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