10 things I wish I knew before moving to the UK

You might know what flip flops are, but do you know what they call undies? LAURENCE DRISCOLL helps us traverse those first few months in the UK when you come from the land down under.

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I have absolutely been spoiled by London, and it may not be a good thing

‘Culture shock’ is the term usually used for an immigrant or tourist becoming disorientated when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life. But could it apply in reverse when you are trying to integrate your way back into life after returning home?

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What’s it like living overseas, and is it right for you?

The ultimate value of your experience abroad will depend on your willingness to take risks and embrace the newness and uncertainty that comes with living overseas. Ultimately, living overseas can be challenging, but it’s worth the effort.

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Best park life in London: It’s the place to be for summer sun frivolity

LONDON’S 10 TOP GREEN SPACES: The concept of ‘going to the park’ in Australia conjures up images of children’s birthday parties and unruly teenagers looking for a place to drink after dark. In London, the park stands for something completely different.

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Brexit: Dual EU citizenship for people with Polish heritage has surprising benefits

With Brexit upon us, people of Polish descent are now looking into getting a European passport, as it can offer them all a wealth of possibilities in terms of living, working and studying in Europe.

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5 biggest expat mistakes and how to avoid them

Ready to make your big move abroad? Before you go, here’s a list of the biggest expat mistakes made by first-timers and how to avoid making them.

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Kitting out your new London digs: should you go new or second hand?

Most Aussies coming to London aren’t making a permanent move, so finding affordable options to fit out their new home is a must. There’s markets, and then there’s Argos…

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It’s easy for an Aussie expat to pick up a London accent, innit

But don’t just think the expat affliction of acquiring an English accent is necessarily about contracting posh, clipped tones and a habit of saying yo-gurt, instead of yogurt.

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Is being married too old to do the working holiday thing?

Why not see the world at an age when you can better appreciate the history and the culture, not just the cheap hostel beds and student drinking prices? Why not move to London, jobless and homeless in your first year of marriage?

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Loving London doesn’t prevent the occasional bouts of homesickness and culture shock

To any Aussie expat experiencing any kind of culture shock or longing for home, remember that you’re not alone. But don’t lose your patriotism, and don’t lose heart.

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Have those expat homesick blues got a grip on you?

To complain of homesickness isn’t to wave the white flag and pull up stumps. It’s just to feel a little sick for your home. A little world-worn and weary. A little like you want to crawl under the covers of your old bed and have your Mum bring you a cup of tea.

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You try not to just live with other Aussies and Kiwis overseas, but eventually it happens

Is it inevitable that you live with fellow so-called ‘Antipodeans’? Is this really such a bad thing?

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London is that real winter Christmas Aussie expats have only dreamed of

When the memory of Christmases spent in the UK become more and more distant, I will still be trying to recreate the magic in my pool room back in Oz, with the air conditioning cranked to the max, trying to convince anyone that will listen that sherry isn’t just for old ladies who play bridge.

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Expat Aussies can be so annoying, especially if you’re an expat Aussie

My relationship with fellow Aussie travellers soured, somewhat, throughout my travels.

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Dossing rules: The simple and essential laws of London expat couch surfing

EXPATS NEED TO KNOW THIS: Dossing. Everyone does it. Whether it’s when you first arrive in London, on a stopover in between trips or in the week before you head back to Australia. Every Aussie who spends time in London will spend time dossing! But there is an etiquette…

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