Dumb American

My daughter has just recently started high school here in Melbourne, she is just 11 (high school starts in year 7 in Australia.) Since day one, she has been bullied and laughed at because of her place of birth, even though she has never lived there. Whether out at recess or in the classroom, there…

Citizenship Interview and Test

Almost 15 months to the day, that we originally applied for our Australian citizenship, we were invited in to the Home Affairs office for our official interview and exam. We were advised the process would take approximately 2 hours at their downtown Melbourne location. My husband and I went in together as the kids were…

Driving In Melbourne

Melbourne has some unique roads and driving rules that we haven’t experienced in the rest of Australia. Here are a few things that come up in conversation in our house. Trams Driving on tram tracks is not a relaxing experience. We have them all over town and sometimes they are designed just to be used…

Charting A Path To Citizenship

We applied for Australian citizenship in the last year. It’s a total waiting game with zero communication from Home Affairs between submitting your documents to awaiting notice to come in for your official interview. Depending on who you ask, people wait anywhere between 3 months and 2 years. The Home Affairs Immigration website displays how…

Academic Grading

I literally had no idea about the grading system in Australian schools until recently and we have been in Oz now for going on 5 years. To be honest, I had a partial idea from what my kids have told me, but never did any research on the topic. I am just not the type…

Lockdown #5 – Melbs

Today is day 1 of of our fifth lockdown here in Melbourne. We are just rolling with it, realising it really will be our new normal. We have done it before, we are clear in what we need to do now feeling very professional in lockdown mannerisms and we will continue to have these randomly…

Bendigo

We needed a day out of town after having cancelled our winter holiday. A friend mentioned to me that she was just in Bendigo for the Mary Quant exhibit. “No way!”, I said – I had literally just watched a show called Secrets of the Museum about the V&A preparing for this exhibit just a…

Lemons

My gorgeous friend left me a text message that she had dropped a gift at my front door this morning. Two garbage bags full of lemons is what I found. This is the second time in the last 6 weeks she has been kind enough to treat me in this way. Seriously, how lucky am…

Covid Vaccination / Lockdown 4.0

I read yesterday that Melbs was on day 160 of lockdown since the pandemic began, wow! We have not had it easy compared to the rest of Australia but as always we have been grateful for a government that actually takes the measures to enact such restrictions. I know our family is willing to do…

Lockdown Is Imminent

Melbourne is locking down again (how can it be?) Of all the cities and states in Australia, why us? Haven’t we had enough, Universe? Maybe, we are experts at it already so it’s only natural it would happen here again? At any rate, it is happening again as of midnight tonight. Seriously, who puts a…