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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 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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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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Going to (Wilsons) Prom in Victoria

Wilsons Promontory—known as ‘the Prom’—was one of the many places in Australia I’d never heard of. It’s the southernmost point of the mainland, and you can drive there from Melbourne in less than four hours. And drive there you should, because it’s stunning. We went on a whim because we had a spare day before […]

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I Still Don’t Have a Dream

The single most popular post I have ever written on this site is called ‘What to do when you don’t have a dream.’ I wrote it nearly four years ago when I was feeling fed up with the notion that we are all supposed to have one Big Dream that acts as the guiding light […]

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A Whale of a Tale in Eden, NSW

On the south coast of NSW you’ll find the town of Eden, one of Australia’s whale watching hotspots. There on the Sapphire Coast you’ve got a reasonable chance of spotting humpbacks, orcas, southern right whales, minkes, and maybe even a blue whale if you’re *very* lucky. The downside of being a whale magnet is that […]

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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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