Living in Australia

My adventure in Australia – Fernanda’s story

My name is Fernanda and I am 28 year old. I was born in the South of Brazil, in a city called Porto Alegre, but for seven years I lived in Rio de Janeiro, the famous “wonderful city”. I graduated in Psychology and I was working in Human Resources when, last year, I decided that it was time to chase my dreams, travel to another country and learn English. I had a lot options about where could I go, but [...]

Is it worth leaving everything for the Australian dream? Claudia’s story

In all groups and blogs where I am participating at the moment, a lot of people ask me if it’s worth leaving everything to experience Australian life. Every time I see this question a lot of things come to my mind: the life I had in Brazil, the money I’ve spent, the difficulties at the beginning of my life in Australia, my family and friends back home, everything that I’ve learned here and everything I’ve seen and experienced. To be [...]

Australia’s bucket list for international students

The first time I went to study abroad was right after high school. I had gotten a scholarship for a one-year Diploma of Leadership, and thanks to my superhero mom and an awesome uncle we were able to pay the plane ticket and a good part of the rest of the expenses. I worked as a janitor and Spanish teacher to pay for my homestay, and during the whole trip I always had a very limited budget. Being honest that [...]

Falling in love abroad?

If you are planning to come to Australia, maybe you have already wondered how it would be to find the love of your life in the other side of the world. Of course, in your imagination this person might look like Chris Hemsworth and the location might be an exotic beach full of kangaroos sunbathing on perfect white sand. It’s fun to daydream, but in reality falling in love abroad could be a very difficult situation. To start, when you [...]

The true australian cuisine

In a country where you can find people from more than 200 different nations and where 25% of the citizens were born in another continent, it is a little bit difficult to identify genuine Australian dishes, especially because one of the strengths of this multicultural society is the gastronomy. So, in case you were wondering, here is a list of some of the traditional dishes that are authentically Australian. Would you dare to try them all? Macadamia Nuts For thousands [...]

The best of Australia: My Top 5

So, you have made up your mind. It doesn’t matter if you have to sell everything you own, work from 6 in the morning till midnight and even put any romantic relationship on stand-by, you are coming to study in Australia. You have already done your research and everybody says that it is pretty much Wonderland. Well, actually, it is. I’ve been living in Sydney for six months now and I am absolutely in love with the country, so I [...]

Australia: the ‘happiest’ developed nation

Australia has recently won the title of “The happiest developed nation” for the third consecutive year, based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s survey results. Out of the 36 nations with developed or emerging economies, the ones with the highest results are Australia, Sweden, Canada, Norway and Switzerland. The ones with the lowest scores are Turkey, Mexico and Chile. But, what does it mean to be “the happiest country”? To come up with the results, the countries were [...]