In an Opal Hearted Country

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In an Opal Hearted Country
An American in Sydney discovers the "opal-hearted, wilful, lavish, sunburnt country" of Australia. Life Down Under from the coffee shop to the Opera House with no worries, mate.
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  • Inherited Spices 6 days ago The other day, my friend A of pop-up dinner party fame sent Partner-in-Crime a message asking him if he'd like to avail himself of the remains of her wine cabinet, as her movers were there and everything must go. This was an offer P-i-C could not turn down, and when he returned from the collection...
  • Sydney Harbour Pop-Up Dinner Party 1 week ago April is proving a hard month for me with too many of my expat friends completing their assignments and going home. I'm happy for them, but sad for the hole left in my life here in Sydney. It's not easy to make friendships as an adult, and being across the world, friends become your family, so I...
  • Seasons Change 2 weeks ago We've come to another second Wednesday, which means that all of my Expat Blog Challenge cohorts have agreed to once again conspire on a theme post. This month, we have a photo post on the theme "seasons change."I took this one a few days ago on a morning play in our park.I snapped this on my iphone...
  • Reflections on a Month of Yoga 3 weeks ago Ever since Hushpuppy was born, I've been inconsistent - to put it kindly - on my exercise routine. It happens when your life gets completely flipped over by a little person who needs constant watching and round the clock attending to. But, Hushpuppy is a toddler now, and I'd started to feel very...
  • 10 Australian Phrases I Can't Live Without 2 months ago I love it when I find a word or phrase that fills a need and says something that nothing else in the language does. My appreciation for the Southern phrase "y'all" is well documented. It may be a bit of a joke on Southern dialect to people outside the region, but there's no other word that means...

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  • How to Be as Laid Back as an Aussie in 9 Easy Phrases Expat Blog Awards 2013 Even those with merely a passing acquaintance with Australia from, say, The Crocodile Hunter or those “throw another shrimp on the barbie” tourism spots know that Aussies love their clever turns of phrase. Picking up a few useful slang terms is... Expat Blog Awards 2013: Australia Silver Award!

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