Category Archives: Canada

Guest Blog – Going to Wagga Wagga? You must know someone there…

[Lisa edit: Another visit and another guest blog, this time by fellow Canadian ex-pats Kristie and Leo Saumure, who came to Oz from their home in New Zealand to compete in the Sydney half-marathon. Kristie (Lisa’s first PhD student) and … Continue reading

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Profapalooza – Part 2

A few months back, Lisa described a few of her visits to capital cities across Australia. This was interrupted by Profapalooza – Hurricane Edition, when she was caught spending time with Sandy in Baltimore. Since then, Lisa has continued her … Continue reading

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Gobble, gobble, gobble

Well, it was officially Thanksgiving back in Canada on the weekend. You know, that time of year when we give thanks for family and friends… and that there’s no snow on the ground yet (we hope!)… and for all the … Continue reading

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Home is just anywhere…

One evening on our recent trip back to Ontario, we were playing cards with Lisa’s parents. This has been a very common occurrence over the years we’ve been together – thousands of games of euchre, bid euchre, and cribbage have … Continue reading

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How to shop Canadian

A few months ago, we wrote a post about how most of what we buy – specifically food – is Australian. At the end of it, we said that though we were willing, or even happy, to exist on Aussie … Continue reading

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that’s what the world is today

Have you ever had the feeling that some things are moving really quickly in one direction, others are lagging behind, and some just not going in the right direction at all? And things you thought should be simple are way … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Canada, Hilltops, identification, Moving, passports, rural life, sheep shearing, travel, Visa | 2 Comments

All beauty must die

One of the great challenges of living “away” is that we live in political limbo. We can’t vote here, as we aren’t citizens; but we can’t vote in Alberta, as we’re not residents. Sigh… It’s difficult to be so politically … Continue reading

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