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A year long US road trip

What happens when you pack up your life, including three children in Australia, and take them on a year long US road trip? I’d like to say magic. But I’m thinking that it’d be more like 365 days worth of swings and roundabouts. And an adventure of kid wrangling and…

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How to apply for an Australian passport in the USA

We’ve talked about getting your children Australian Citizenship by descent and now it’s time to get into the mechanics of how to apply for an Australian passport in the USA. But first, a little cautionary tale from an Aussie expat who married an American woman and raised a family here.…

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Australian citizenship for babies born overseas

Getting Australian citizenship for babies born overseas is a pretty straight-forward process. But there are a few things you should know before you begin, so that you can plan ahead and apply for Australian citizenship for yourself or your child at the best time for you. Some Australians choose not…

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Aussies Round the World: Actor and writer Adam Zwar

From an absolute outsider’s perspective, Australian actor and writer Adam Zwar is the quintessential laidback Aussie – all cricket and footy references with the occasional Tim Winton-esque thoughtful tangent thrown in for good measure. Born and raised in Cairns, he was a journalist for the Sunday Herald Sun before moving into…

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10 ways to celebrate Australia Day in the US (with a giveaway!)

At a loss for ways to celebrate Australia Day in the US? If you don’t have Aussie friends or a community around you, you might end up feeling like there’s no one to share the joys of being from The Great Southern Land. There’s no reason why you can’t take…

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Six ways to spend Thanksgiving 2017 in San Francisco

Thanksgiving doesn’t really mean much for expats. It’s not a holiday that we have memories from childhood of (unless you grew up in the US). Unlike New Year’s Day or Christmas, in some cases, Thanksgiving can turn out to just be two days off work that feel like you’re on…

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Where to find Australian coffee in San Francisco

What do AFL football and a proper cup of coffee have in common? Apart from the fact they both take a while to brew into something enjoyable*. Give up? It’s former Hawthorn and St Kilda footballer turned banker and businessman, Nick Stone. Like many Aussie expats, when Stone moved to…

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Paul Kelly at San Francisco’s Slim’s

Australian music legend Paul Kelly is finishing off his US tour tonight with a show at The Roxy Theater in West Hollywood. I was lucky enough to nab a free ticket* to his performance at Slim’s in San Francisco last night, so you could say this blog post is tainted…

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5 Reasons you need to see a US soccer game

Sports are a huge part of life in the US – be it the NFL, baseball, basketball, hockey or soccer. Getting to a game is on the bucketlist of travellers to the US for good reason. The atmosphere is second to none, you’ve got to try the food, there’s entertainment…

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Advocating for change in your expat country

Last night more than 55 people were shot dead and 400 injured while attending a music festival near the Mandalay Bay Resort. It’s America’s deadliest mass shooting to date and the shooter was found dead in his hotel room with at least ten guns. When a tragedy of this magnitude…

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Lizzie Borden and the killer rock-musical

The Borden family axe murders, arguably perpetrated by youngest daughter Lizzie, is so ingrained in American culture that there’s even a children’s rhyme about it. So why not go the whole-hog and turn the grizzly Victorian era killings into a goth-rock musical? Accompanied by a live band cranking out tunes…

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Review: Hot Cross Buns in San Francisco

Hot cross buns. It’s just not Easter without them and when you’re living in San Francisco, they can be a bit of a challenge to track down. A challenge, but certainly not impossible, as I found out the other day, when I plotted a hot cross map across the fair…

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