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Things Canada Should Adopt from Australia

One of the things we love the most about living in a different country is seeing and learning about different ways of doing things.  Canada and Australia are thought of as really similar culturally.  But there are still lots of nuanced differences we notice. As Canadians living in Australia, there are so many things I love about the Aussie lifestyle.  …

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February 2018 Expat Update

In last month’s update, we shared our plans for our move back to Canada.  February was all about enjoying Melbourne, getting back into the school routine and hosting visitors.  Those 28 days went by really fast and we know the next four months will do the same.  That’s why we are determined to eek out every last day that we …

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January 2018 Expat Update – We have a Plan!

Let’s get straight to the big news of the month.  You have probably heard me stress over what is next for our family: do we stay in Australia as expats longer or head back to Canada.  We have spent months weighing out each of our options, rehashing our priorities and debating what we should do.  Starting 2018 without any clear …

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December 2017 Expat Update

December is probably the hardest month of the year to be living overseas.  While Christmas and New Years are such special times, we certainly felt the loss of being so far away.  You can read our November Expat Update here. The end of the year is always a time to reflect back on the year and we have really grown …

Expat Life: Being a Trailing Spouse

A few years ago I stumbled upon the term, “trailing spouse” to describe an expat spouse who ends up overseas due to their partner’s work arrangements.  While a feel like an equal partner in our decision to move overseas, it has certainly changed my day-to-day life a lot. As a trailing spouse, I play a supporting role.  I support my …

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November 2017 Expat Update

Here in Australia they call the Christmas season the silly season and I totally get it.  It is just an insane time of year and my brain feels fried and I am struggling to stay on top of everything.  I am sure I am not the only one feeling this way as we head further into December. Our October Expat …

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