Category Archives: Canada

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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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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It’s a beauty way to go

Lisa here… I’m slowly recovering from my January trip back to North America (mainly the email backlog and change in temps; no problem with jet lag really). For those of you who weren’t aware (though you should have clued in … 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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let us be the first…

to wish all of you a Happy New Year! Being where we are, we enter 2012 before most of the rest of the world, so we get the jump on this. Many people use this holiday to make resolutions and … Continue reading

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Hot and stickie

When we told people in Canada (those who know about wine) what part of Australia we were going to, most had no idea where the Riverina was located. It is actually a distinct wine region, but not a famous one. … Continue reading

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Comfort creatures: Herding cats – the homecoming edition, Part 1

This is a song about being happy! Feel free to listen to it as you read. Our family is finally all together here in our new home. Our kitties arrived yesterday, after a month in, as MO calls it, Kitty … Continue reading

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