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The holidays are approaching

By Y | December 20, 2014

What’s the holidays without a little Tom Hiddleston love!


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Shipping to Australia

By Y | December 13, 2014

I came across this list that might be helpful for some of us of places that ship to Australia!



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Australians have a sense of humor

By Y | December 10, 2014

No Parking Sign at Mount Elephant Pancakes in Tasmania

No Parking Sign at Mount Elephant Pancakes


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88 crazy things you probably didn’t know about Australia

By Y | December 10, 2014

I saw this list on Facebook.  I don’t know how accurate it is but I thought I would share because it sounds cool.

1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.
2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
4. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world.
5. Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second.
6. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’.
7. The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra.
8. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).
9. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas.
10. In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide.
11. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.
12. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.
13. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
14. Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.
15. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.
16. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control.

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New Jersey Girl in an Australian World

By Y | November 30, 2014

I saw this picture somewhere ages ago but it didn’t have a link attached to it or any website credited to it.  I kept meaning to do a search for it but I always forgot to do it.  I was cleaning out my desktop and came across it and did a search.  I couldn’t find anything on it.  But I so want this t-shirt!


Where can I get it??

Where can I get it??




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32 Things Every American Thinks When Visiting Australia The First Time

By Y | November 28, 2014

Not sure if I’ve posted this before as it sounds familiar but then again, it could have just been my memory of those firsts here too but I wanted to share for obvious reasons!


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Happy Thanksgiving

By Y | November 27, 2014

Last year, we did a tradition Thanksgiving feast.  This year I was very busy to even think about the holiday until the day of so we improvised with whatever we had in the fridge, freezer, and pantry.  No turkey but we had chicken.  We did have mashed potatoes, veggies including corn, I didn’t make gravy or stuffing but I made cheese sauce. Dessert was homemade chocolate fudge.  Close enough.  We did discuss what we were thankful for and that’s what counts.  And we could have been having tacos and it would have still been wonderful.  I hope your Thanksgiving/Thursday is just as perfect as ours!

Edited to add, Hugh Jackman wishing for a Happy Thanksgiving.  Very awesome!


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By Y | November 27, 2014

Not one of my strong suits and definitely not these people’s either.

Australians try to label the American states – I think I would do poorly as well.

Americans try to label Australian states – Until I moved here I would haven’t gotten any of it!

My geography teacher didn’t teach much.  Shoot, I can’t even remember his name.


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Just so you know

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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