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Are you an expat or considering an expat move? These are some of the pieces I’ve written on my expat experience over seven years living abroad. 


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25 Things American Expats in Australia Inevitably Think
“…a few of the reactions that almost every Yank Down Under I’ve met has had.”

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The Post I Wish I’d Written Five Years Ago
“I make myself leave the house every day. Or, almost every day.”

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The Introverted Expat Makes Friends
“I call some of the best and most loyal people friends today, and I love that about my life here. So, for all the introverted expats – I know I’m not the only one – these have been my best tactics.”

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A Life in Theatre Taught Me How to Be an Expat
“The single most important thing I’ve learned about life from theatre is that stories matter.”

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I Won’t Give Up My American Optimism 
“Optimism is so ingrained in the American psyche that it never occurred to me that others didn’t view life with as rosy glasses as I do until I started travelling.”

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10 Australian Phrases I Can’t Live Without
“Recently, I’ve noticed that there are a few great Australian terms … that have become essential in my vocabulary..”

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The Health Care Post
“…as the health care system here is so drastically different than the one in the U.S., how can I write an expat blog for four years and never mention it? I’m no expert, believe me, but the least I can do is tell you about my experience.”

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The Novice Citizen’s 100% Unofficial Guide to Voting in Australia
“It’s taken me a few years to get my head around the Australian political system, but just in time for my first Federal election, I think I more or less have the finer points worked out.”

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True Blue! 7 Bits of Everyday Australian Culture

“Here are 7 Aussie-as cultural bits that, if you know about them before landing, will make you feel like a true blue Aussie when you run across them!”

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Too Long and Too Far: Missing My Tribe
“‘There’s a collection of dear hearts, maybe 15 or so, spread across the country – actually, the world – who have been with me for one or two decades now, and whose imprint is branded on my person. “

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The Zebra Conundrum
“Now that Hushpuppy is picking up an astounding number of new words, I am starting to find the Zebra Conundrum an unavoidable and daily minefield. There are numerous words that we Americans and Australians either pronounce differently or use different expressions, altogether.”

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Six Weeks at Home in Four Photos
“It had been my first trip home in three years, so as expected, I faced a whole range of emotions from high to low.”

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Overcoming the Busy-ness Bug
“Since moving away, I’ve thought a lot about this part of the American culture, the part that worships busy-ness. In retrospect, I know that I was trapped by this mindset, and for no particular reason other than it was in the air. “

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Inherited Spices (And Other Tales of Traveling Friendships)
“As I was putting the spices away that night, I started wondering just how many spice containers from how many friends I have inherited over the years. Spices are inevitably the thing that are hanging around in the kitchen when you move that you don’t want to take with you, but you just can’t justify throwing away..”

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Bitter-sweet
“Tim Tams are what’s on my mind today while I try to write this, not deep thoughts about cultural issues, or how my connection to my place of birth has or has not degraded, or how this is all going to impact my Third Culture Kid. There’s something floating around back there about the people I know from high school who still live in the town that we grew up in, about how, if Facebook it to be believed, they have rather nice looking lives, surrounded by comfort and family. And, how that was never going to be my life, though I can’t tell you why.”

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True Colors
“I do have a few “Sydney outfits,” and I love wearing those, too. I feel like, when I put them on, they say, “today, I’m Sydney-me!””

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An Object That Makes Me Feel At Home
“I loved this table. It had character. It only had five chairs. The salesman told us, “a set of four with a bonus chair!” We took it home.”

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost
“I have committed acts of wandering. But am I now or have I ever been lost?.”

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No Hyphen
“Self identity and how we shape it is a curious thing. Since making the move Down Under nearly three years ago, I think I have become – mostly by my own actions, though not design – The American-(hyphen)….”

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The Adventure
“Before we came, I think I had the idea that I would just create a Southern Hemisphere version of my American life – like looking at a word in the mirror – the same, just upside down.”

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Friendships That Feel Like Home
“I count myself fortunate to have made such a collection of quality comrades in a short time. But, nearly all of them are fellow expats. “

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November Horses
“On a day like Thanksgiving, the most quintessential Fall holiday, my mind is wrapped around golden and red leaves, roasting cinnamon and pumpkin, apple cider, and cuddly sweaters. It is so much a part of who I am that I can’t help but feel a co-mingled sense of melancholy (because, isn’t that how you are supposed to feel in fall) and confusion.”

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Mr Ed and Other Things I Learned From the Melbourne Cup
“…being removed from my own country does occasionally give me a glimpse into what exactly makes up culture. I saw a great piece of Australian culture yesterday, and I it gave me an insight into my own culture, as well. Yesterday was the Melbourne Cup.”

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Australia 2.0
“I’ve been in a little room with seven other new recruits and a few trainers. Despite having done a lot of travelling and touristy things, this has honestly been the best education I’ve yet gotten about Australian culture.”

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Cultural Lenses and the Expat Condition (Or, A Night at the Theatre)
“It is becoming exceedingly clear that this expat is plagued with a non-medical condition known as levidensi dermis(commonly referred to as “thin skin”). Symptoms include fluttering heart, pursed lips, furrowed eye muscles, premature face wrinkles, and uncontrollable thoughts of wishing that present company would just “shut the hell up, already.””

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Subtlety
“This weekend brought on me one of those vague sad/out of place moods that I could not shake. Eventually, I realized that it was because I felt like Beethoven. Not Beethoven-the-genius-composer-Beethoven, but Beethoven-the-big-awkward-slobbery-St.-Bernard from family movie fame-Beethoven.”
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Compromises and New Beginnings
“I know now that when I agreed to make this move, I did not realize all of the compromises that I was going to make.”
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The Beginning
“A lot of expats moved here with a job or an Aussie spouse. I had neither. I moved here because I’d fallen crazy in love with an adventurous partner-in-crime who had a hunch that Australia was, as they say, a lucky country.”


Bloggers…
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