tent on sand

The night some dirtbag stole our camper trailer

Jared and I woke to a frantic knock on the bedroom door at 6:30am the morning after Melbourne Cup. “Your trailer’s gone.” Stunned, we roused ourselves. I had heard what his cousin said, but I didn’t believe it until I went outside. There was the car, parked right in front of the house, but behind […]

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What I Learned From(1)

What I Learned from Housesitting for the First Time

There was a moment in the middle of our housesit, after the dogs got into the rat poison, one of the cows escaped, and a mouse fell victim to an unbaited trap in the kitchen, when I wondered if we’d taken on too much. What I’d initially pictured when we signed up to Aussie House […]

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Visiting Peru

What to expect from your Working Holiday Visa

First, a caveat: I make no promises. Everyone’s experience with a working holiday visa will be different. It depends on you, of course. This post was born because I’m in a pensive mood; Facebook informed me today that Lateral Movements is now 4 years old. (Fun fact: it was born as Blogabout Europe in 2008 […]

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Sunset at Uluru

Sunset at Uluru

Sunset is my favorite time of day, when the light goes soft and the world glows just before going to sleep. I desperately wanted to see an Uluru sunset, but grappled with the idea of fighting crowds to do it. For a while I was ready to drop $200 (each!) on the Sounds of Silence, […]

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Flinders Ranges

You have to go to the Flinders

During six months of living in South Australia, there was one destination we were repeatedly encouraged to visit. Not the Barossa Valley or Kangaroo Island, but the Flinders Ranges. The Flinders are the largest mountain range in South Australia, and by all accounts something we needed to see with our own eyes. There was only […]

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Orange wall gorge

Back on the Road: Adelaide to Melrose

We left our housesit and Adelaide on a Thursday morning; after making sure everything was clean and in its proper place, I reluctantly went to say goodbye to the cats. The little orange cat, usually loud and demanding attention, curled up in her sock and glared at me through one eye. The white cat sat […]

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Portsea Mornington

Camping on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula

The existence of the Mornington Peninsula was brand new information to me, which is baffling considering how close it is to Melbourne. There it was hiding under Melbourne’s cloak, just far enough away to hover under the foreign tourist radar. Melburnians are well aware of Mornington and regularly make the 90-minute drive to this beachy […]

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Bundaberg Rum bar

One step closer to Aussie citizenship

My citizenship appointment is TODAY. I’ve been taking the online practice test at random for the last few years, but now I’m starting to get nervous because this is the real thing. There’s a booklet you can download called ‘Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond,’ which contains all of the information you could be tested on. […]

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Autumn leaves

Adventures in Adelaide Supermarkets

The world’s best supermarket is one kilometer from my work. This isn’t hyperbole; the Frewville Foodland has received the International Retailer of the Year Excellence Award at the IGA Conference for two years running, and the local media has interpreted that as ‘world’s best.’ I finally visited last week, and was predictably overwhelmed. It is […]

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