Little Nippers

I’ve heard many a parent chatter about their kids attending Nippers and had no idea what they were talking about. One day a friend was sharing her experience with me of their Sunday mornings at Greenwich Baths and I knew my ex-pat kiddos had to have a go at this. A Surf Lifesaving History: As…

Thanksgiving

We almost didn’t “do” Thanksgiving this year. Between a hectic schedule and no holiday time, the summer heat and the lack of friends/family around I thought no one will even notice if we skip it. Perhaps, I thought, we could do it next July when it feels like the right temperature. Then I came to…

The Small World of Aussie Retail

A colleague and I were discussing Amazon’s imminent arrival here in Australia and the numerous articles about the impact it will have on local retailers.  Some observers have predicted significant losses for Aussie businesses, whilst others insist that the threat is overblown. The colleague, an Aussie and former Amazon employee grinned and said, “they have…

What I Miss About London

I recently read an article written by a Sydney native describing what she missed most from home after having relocated to London. It was truly informative about local Sydney and Australian culture. I really enjoyed her insight and used it as a sort of guide for things to try as expats in Sydney (like sausage…

Exploring the Newcastle Area

We woke up later than we wanted and there was a moment when Stephen and I looked at each other and wondered whether we should drop our plans and just do something local. It was fleeting. We regrouped, made brekkie for everyone and then loaded them into the car. A two hour drive north of…

Month 3 in Sydney – More Discoveries

Round the Twist – My kids love this very well-known Australian television show. I read about it shortly after moving here and hooked them up for a cultural lesson of sorts. Our babysitter was over one night and the kids asked to watch it. She said: “Do you know the song?” She and Caroline broke…

Grateful in Sydney: Carplay & Apple Music

Having to drive a car here was a major disappointment for us after having lived in London. London not only has amazing public transportation, but we could easily walk and cycle everywhere. Sydney’s public transportation network leaves much to be desired. It’s basic and infrequent. So we have a car – it has 4 wheels and it…

What I’m Grateful for in Sydney: Best Birthday Ever

After living here for only one month it was time to celebrate Fiona’s 10th birthday. A “traditional” birthday party was impossible so it was time to get creative. We knew this going into our move so we discussed it ahead of time and suggested, as an alternative, a new experience. We all love to celebrate…

1st Chrissy in Sydney

It’s Christmas Eve in Sydney and its humid and 27c at 10am. We are missing our friends, family and the cold weather. I think it’s probably the hardest Christmas (aka ‘Chrissy’ in local slang) I’ve ever had. Aside from a Christmas Eve dinner with friends it’s been normal for us to spend most Christmas’s with…

Sydney Oddities, volume 2

Our second month in Sydney and here’s what I’ve noticed: It’s totally acceptable for full grown adults to walk around with parasols. At first I noticed Asian men and women using umbrellas for shade and I thought it seemed a bit stereotypical because Asians are more concerned with protecting their skin. Then I noticed others,…