When people ask Kai what school he goes to he responds that he goes to a senior college. This is usually received by surprised faces, as he just turned 11 and Senior college starts in grade 10, so for 16 years olds.
Is he an extremely bright kid (of course he is, he is our son…duh…) that skipped five years? What is the story? Continue reading “Changing Schools – a year after”
After living in Melbourne for a year, I figured I understood the weather. So I wrote a blog post last year about winter in Melbourne. Little did I know, that everything is different the second time around. Continue reading “Second winter in Melbourne”
Although an empty house is a perfect playground, according to our kids, we do prefer to be able to sit down while eating. So when we arrived in an empty house five months ago we had to start looking for furniture, appliances and lots of other practical stuff.
When moving from Europe, from a complete house full of everything, you wonder how much can actually bring along with you. And if you don’t what it would cost to buy it.
Continue reading “Cost to fill a house in Melbourne”
True friendship is discovering that, despite the physical distance of 16585 km/10305 miles, you started playing the same instrument at exactly the same time and playing together via skype…
Our first overseas visitors are on their way! Time to open flightaware again, to follow their flight. They will be traveling for over 24 hours from Europe, so plenty of time for us to do so. While it is in the middle of the day here, they are now flying somewhere over the Indian Ocean in the dark. Continue reading “First overseas visitors”
Having lived in Melbourne for over six moths as an expat and still in the honeymoon stage of the cultural adjustment cycle (as some stay in that phase a bit longer than the “official” six to eight weeks) it was bound to happen at some point. Disappointment. Continue reading “Experiencing disappointment”
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Four people and a new life in Australia. How much of your ‘old’ life can you take along with you on a flight? A post about being creative with luggage allowance, items that we are glad that we brought, items that we should not have taken and lessons learned. This is our experience. Continue reading “Flight bagage when moving overseas”
Our second night in the bush: It is a beautiful evening and we are alone in Buandik bush camp in the western side of the Grampians. The other couple had left and the two guys have not returned to camp yet, so it is just us. That little green dot between the trees is our tent.
10 p.m. Oliver is picking up his mobile phone dialing 000. Which gets answered with: “Is it really an emergency? Do you need police, fire or ambulance?” How did we end up calling the emergency number? Let me take you back to minutes before. Continue reading “Do you need police, fire or ambulance?”
Celebrating Christmas in 36 degrees is completely different from last years’ white Christmas, so it takes some adapting. Which we did: we traded our Christmas pine tree for a decorated palm tree! Continue reading “Christmas Europe 2 Australia”
I found a quick cut hair dresser in the middle of a mall that looks like a ‘fast-food’ version of a hair dresser and it fascinated me. Continue reading “The ‘fast food’ hair dresser”