Category Archives: Australia

and no one touches me

Anyone who has ever flown into Sydney on an international flight has experienced what is probably one of the oddest experiences a first-time visitor can imagine: being sprayed by the Australian quarantine service. Yes, they spray you down; you and … Continue reading

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Guest blog: Australia – it’s for the birds!

[Remember all of our previous posts about birds? Well, we now have a resident expert here in Wagga, as our friend Gloria has been visiting us for the past couple of weeks. She has written this guest blog to entice … Continue reading

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summer’s passed, it’s too late to cut the grass

For a couple of years in Canada, we watched a lot of HGTV real estate programs where people were trying to sell their house. There were two main messages: 1) location location location and 2) make it look like a … Continue reading

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Guest blog – Fly me to…Wagga Wagga!

[Lisa edit: Writing this blog is hard work (yakka!) – we have to come up with ideas, we have to be creative and witty, we have to have photos… So we hope that anyone who comes to visit will be … Continue reading

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gimme danger

We think that Australians and Canadians are quite similar people in some ways. Both have strange contradictory traits in that they are very adventurous but also have a fear of the unknown. And some of that fear is completely irrational … Continue reading

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Stand on one foot and hop.

“Ok, now do it on the other foot. Now reach behind your back with your left arm. Good, now with your right arm. You’re right [Oz for OK]…now go get a blood test.” These were among the instructions we received … Continue reading

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Baby you can drive my car

Okay…payback time! Dan is in Bathurst for a couple of days, so I get to write what I want, when I want. This post is going to address one of the most common questions people ask me — what is … Continue reading

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summer in the city

Lisa has been in North America for almost  2 weeks, so I’ve been learning about what Wagga is like in the summer. She did this to me when we moved to Edmonton too…went back to Ontario for her PhD defense … Continue reading

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Things that make you wiggle: How to speak Australian, part 5

Or more appropriately, things that make you squirm. We know that there are a lot of different terms for clothes here. Some are also used in the UK, such as jumper for what Canadians call a sweater. Some are international … Continue reading

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Like a drunk in a midnight choir…

In Edmonton, our backyard had some sparrows (what we referred to as “basic brown birds”) and the occasional robin.  There were ducks and geese flying over, seagulls, pigeons and magpies. Pretty boring. Here, we are inundated with new and exciting … Continue reading

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