Upside Down

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Upside Down
Hello, I am Nicola, a British expat and mum of one from Manchester, currently living in Melbourne. Since moving to Australia in 2010, I have experienced immense highs, and extreme lows; a natural part of life, but which can be particularly intense as an expat.
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  • The dream is not as it seems 1 year ago We are inundated with messages of chasing and living the dream. The exhilarating life overseas, finding our purpose and passion or our undeniable ideal significant other. But this state of mind keeps us running toward an elusive finish line. It’s a dream within a dream. And the dream is never...
  • The expat phases of friendship 1 year ago One of the most exciting things about moving overseas is cultivating new connections. Yet it can also be one of the most challenging. This post looks at some of the challenges when creating an entirely new set of mates, particularly other expatriates. Every night since our month long trip to...
  • Yearning for yesterday's yuletides 1 year ago Tis the season to be jolly. But for many, the festivities lead to feelings of longing and loneliness. This post is particularly written for expats but applies to anyone feeling a little dread this Christmas. My memories of Christmas are magical. Common customs of stockings stuffed with...
  • Making Memories Down Memory Lane 1 year ago Expat sprees to see friends and family are surreal. As after a while away our home and histories feel familiar and foreign simultaneously. For me, stepping into my native Manchester feels like walking onto a set of Coronation Street. The strong accents, terraced streets and grey skies are a stark...
  • A whingeing pom's week without whining 1 year ago Labelled ‘whingeing pom’s’ by Aussie’s, the English get a bad rap for being bad tempered. But while the grey skies in England may have left us lacking a year round sunny disposition, it’s not just us. People all over the world are partial to petulance. And since common culture carps...

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