Travelling and living overseas definitely comes with a lot of perks. There is the joy of experiencing a new country and all of its cultural intricacies. There’s the food [oh, there is so much delicious food]. There’s the fact that you’re on holiday and therefore not working (or in my case, working but not really working). And, of course, there are all the amazing people you meet and the new friends you get to add on Facebook as evidence of your adventure. These are all great, but I have to confess, one of my favourite parts of living overseas is… Continue reading
This week, we travelled back to Quebec for our first Thanksgiving, watched round 2 of the Trump vs. Clinton name calling contest, took advantage of our newly acquired free healthcare status, witnessed some impressive Canadian sporting prowess, and got stuck underground in the subway during the morning commute thanks to a trespasser on the tracks. Read on to find out which of these made our High / Low this week.
WARNING: The following post is classified MA [Mildly Aussie]. It contains some Aussie language and, if you’re finding yourself lost in translation, Tristan and Cindy recommend taking a squiz at their Australian-Canadian Phrasebook.
It’s that sad time of year Down Under when the footy is finished but the cricket hasn’t started yet. And by footy, I am of course referring to AFL, probably better known by our North American counterparts (if at all) as Aussie Rules.
Late Friday night/early Saturday morning Toronto time, Australia celebrated possibly the biggest event on its sporting calendar (except maybe for the Melbourne Cup) – the AFL Grand Final. While watching this spectacle with an enthusiastic crowd of locals and expats at Hemingway’s (the Kiwi-style, as close as we can get to Aussie, pub in Yorkville), it got me thinking about how us Aussies definitely win against the Yanks and the Canucks when it comes to chasing an egg-shaped ball around a field. Continue reading
In an effort to get into the habit of writing more regularly, we thought we would start doing a weekly ‘High / Low‘ post, sharing (as the name suggests) our highs and lows for the week just passed. So, without further ado, here is this week’s: Continue reading
Living on the same continent as the ‘Land of the Free’ means we will hopefully be making a lot of trips across the border. Last month, we zipped down to the Big Apple and checked off another item on our Bucket List.
Having made a pretty good dent in the NYC tourist attraction list when we visited in January 2015, this trip was all about catching up with a fellow Aussie expat over all the food and drink we could handle. Here are some of the highlights: Continue reading
It’s Tristan’s birthday today! We celebrated with cupcakes at the stroke of midnight followed by a delicious dinner out at Sassafraz in Yorkville this evening.
But more on that later! For now, in celebration of all things Tristan, we thought we would share a post dedicated solely to him. So here are some random tidbits about Tristan you may or may not already know: Continue reading
When we decided to move to Canada, we started looking forward to meeting what we understood to be the stereotypical Canadian – someone obsessed with hockey, eating everything with a side of maple syrup, saying ‘aboot‘ all the time, and ending every sentence with ‘eh‘. We are yet to meet that type of Canadian, although optimistic it could still happen!
Anyway, the point is, sure, we expected to have to adjust to this semi-metric, semi-imperial country, which doesn’t appear to have any national standard for describing the date, but we never anticipated that moving from one English speaking country to another, would still include ‘lost in translation’ moments!
What follows are a few of our notable anecdotes.
We have been in Canada for a few months now and are almost feeling like locals. Just the other day, we were wandering through the Queen West neighbourhood and realised, for the first time, we actually knew exactly where we were and how to get home!
Anyway, now that we are somewhat settled in, we thought we would dive into sharing our first blog post so you can all have a little snapshot into what we have been up to.