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AFL Football – An Expat’s Guide to Australia’s Game

Guest blog by Sports Journalist – Sean Mortell There comes a time in the life of every person who decides to make the trek down under when they discover AFL football. It could be on at a party when new friends point you to the TV screen and begin shouting at adults chasing an oval ball around on grass. It could be when sightseeing in the city centre, seeing specks of bright colours on beanies, scarves, and jumpers. Wherever you see it, confusion is the most common side effect to discovering Australia’s most popular winter pastime. From a footy-mad young...

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6 Steps to Find a High School in Melbourne

It’s not easy to find a high school in Melbourne when you have no prior knowledge of the city and you are sitting at a laptop 17,000 km away in the UK. It was more by luck than judgment, that I happened upon the right school. We are currently on the final approach to the exams season here in Melbourne.  As my youngest completes her final year at high school I find myself reflecting on how lucky we have been to find such a great school and, by association, a fabulous bunch of friends. It may have been slightly haphazard,...

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5 Things British Expats in Melbourne Miss About the UK

Having sworn to myself that I would not be mentioning anything relating to Covid-19 on this website, I can’t help noticing that lots of ex-pat Brits in Melbourne are talking about the things they miss about the UK, and the reality is that some are even talking of moving back there permanently, seemingly as a result of the global pandemic. Some people that have been here for just a couple of years and haven’t had the chance to explore and settle before lockdowns hit are feeling very isolated and wondering if they have made a mistake in emigrating to Australia,...

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So, what’s the Melbourne Weather Really Like? Rug up and I’ll tell you.

Its our Favourite Topic As Australia approaches its last month of winter, it would be very remiss, un-British, and un-Melburnian of me not to talk about the weather.  Yes, we Melburnians like to talk about the weather too, probably because we get so much of it.  Often within the same hour.  So, what’s the Melbourne weather really like? Melbourne is notorious for having four seasons in one day – remember the Crowded House song? That iconic band was formed in Melbourne so these guys should know … Upside Down First things first, coming from the Northern hemisphere, it takes a...

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Melbourne’s Coffee Culture: The Story Behind Your Daily Fix

It’s a well-known fact that Melburnians love their coffee.  According to Tourism Australia, Melbourne has “more than 2,000 cafes as well as some of the world’s best baristas”. As we pause to take a sip of our daily latte, let’s take a moment to think about the story behind Melbourne’s coffee culture. Popular thinking is that Melbourne’s loving relationship with coffee began after the Second World War with the arrival of Greek and Italian immigrants, but the story starts much earlier than that.  Coffee in modern-day Melbourne has become an urban art form but the love affair began in the...

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My Top 5 Instagram Accounts: Melbourne & Victoria

There are so many great things to do in Melbourne and ultimately you’ll also want to be venturing further out into the beautiful state of Victoria, but it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start.  Here is a handy, quick-start guide to my Top 5 Instagram accounts to inspire you to get out and about in Melbourne and Victoria. There’s nothing like some great visuals to flick through while you drink your coffee and start thinking about some wonderful days out. walking_perspective Absolutely stunning pictures taken by photographer Jim Zapsalis, on walks in and around Melbourne, portraying all seasons and...

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How to Survive Driving in Melbourne

I had been driving in the UK with a full licence for over 35 years and considered myself to be a pretty good driver.  However, I was a little cautious about driving in Melbourne.  Firstly because I had lived in a village in the UK and the main hazards when driving locally were slow-moving tractors and escaped sheep. Secondly, I was nervous because I was swapping from manual to automatic transmission and I was a bit dubious that it wouldn’t feel like ‘proper’ driving.  OK, so I soon got over that second hesitation.  Driving an automatic car is what most...

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5 Things you Need to Do as soon as you arrive in Melbourne

Congratulate yourself There are no two ways about it, it’s a blooming long way!  You are probably feeling like you don’t know which way is up, let alone what time of day your body thinks it is.  You made the very brave decision to emigrate to Australia some time ago. It’s been a huge upheaval. You’ve made it.  Welcome to Melbourne. Take a deep breath In … and breathe out slowly.  Sounds obvious I know, but you will have been going through a fair old rollercoaster of emotions in the past few hours, days, weeks, months.  A move to the...