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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There is a Place in Tasmania Called Penguin

There is a place in Tasmania called Penguin. When I heard the name I thought to myself, I hope it’s a town full of penguins! but I didn’t really believe that it would be. Well IT WAS. Penguin, Tasmania saw a golden opportunity and by god they went for it. There were penguins everywhere I […]

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Green Cards and Aussie Citizenship

The trick about being in an international marriage is working out the logistics. Obviously there are other small hurdles to overcome, like ongoing arguments about how to pronounce aluminum. For the record, it’s aloominum, because we dropped that pesky second ‘i’ in the US so I’m not wrong JUST DIFFERENT AND NO I AM NOT […]

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On Being All In

I went to see the live action Beauty and the Beast last week. It was the first film I’ve seen in theaters since July 2015, when I saw Inside Out in Chicago. It’s not that I have an aversion to cinemas, but for a long time I caught up with most new-ish releases on long […]

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Lightning Ridge is strange

Yep, Lightning Ridge is Strange

I had the following conversation at least three times with strangers in St. George, Queensland: Stranger: “Have you been to Lightning Ridge yet?” Me: “Not yet, but that’s our next stop.” Stranger: (Knowing glances at companions, raised eyebrows, head nods) “It’s…well, it’s a strange place. I can’t really explain it, but you’ll know when you […]

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carved egg Queensland

The Unique World-Class Attractions of St. George, Queensland

When we got to St. George, I was not a happy bunny. We’d been driving for six hours, and in that time the temperature had gone from shorts-and-shirt weather to pants-and-jumper weather, plus it was pouring. Then I saw a sign for ‘The Unique Egg: A Unique World Class Attraction’ and my mood started to […]

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Palm trees gorge

Detour to Carnarvon Gorge

We met a French couple in Agnes Water who debated about whether or not to go to Carnarvon Gorge. She was insistent that they make the six-and-a-half hour drive inland because she’d heard it was something they shouldn’t miss. He was not convinced, but she was doing her best to change his mind. I have […]

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