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Our New Neighborhood: Walking to Fox Studios

Yesterday, Rusty and I set out to walk to Fox Studios, where we were told there was a fantastic farmers market. Despite the fact that it is called Fox Studios and that it exists in an area called the Entertainment Quarter, I still was not prepared for what we encountered! But, I’ll get to that … Continue reading

Our New Digs

I finally took some pictures of our new place! It took a long time for us to get past the just-moved-in-distaster-mess phase. It’s still a little bit of a mess, but I’ll show you anyway! I love our front door. It has fancy old-fashioned glass, fancy old-fashioned locks, and a fancy old-fashioned bell. (From the … Continue reading

The Budgy Smuggler

We’ve been here just over a month. But already I believe I have found the most Australian slang term possible. First, behold the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus): [Source] The parakeet, to Americans. It is native to the Australian outback where it lives in big, loud, colorful flocks. As the rule goes, any noun in Australia longer … Continue reading

Moving American Dollars to Australia

So, let’s say you have a slightly sizeable pile of money (larger than the above pile, which came out of Ali’s wallet) that you want to move from the U.S. to Australia. Think, a few months’ rent worth of cash. How would you do that? The first step is opening a bank account in Australia. … Continue reading

Our New Neighborhood: Centennial Park

We moved!  Finally, we found an apartment!  We totally lucked out, too.  Rusty found a couple on (the Australian equivalent of who was in the process of moving to the States and needed someone to take over their lease and buy their furniture.  We checked out the place and loved it!  It ended … Continue reading



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