Fireworks above a house.

A very Aussie New Year

This time last year, in a frosty Danish suburb, we were joined by friends, family and the neighbours to toast the arrival of 2014.

At the time, we had secured our Australian residency visas but we had yet to put our house on the market and yet to make concrete plans to move to Canberra. Continue reading

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The Syney Opera House, seen from the Manly ferry.

Taking the slow train to Sydney

Inter-city train travel in Australia isn’t fast. It takes more than four hours to travel the 286km from Canberra to Sydney, but what the journey lacks in speed, it more than makes up for with its in-flight entertainment, otherwise known as the scenery.

Whatever the merits of living in Canberra, it’s fair to say that Australia’s capital doesn’t represent most people’s view of a classic Australian landscape – at least, not until you head out into the countryside. But board one of the three daily trains that leave Canberra’s only station and the ‘real Australia’ quickly reveals itself. Continue reading

‘Tis the season…

Frost covered trees in a snow-covered field.

Last December, the weather conditions were very different.

‘Tis the season to be jolly…’ except it isn’t. At least, not to the born and bred European in me. It’s actually high summer, with temperatures ranging from the mid-20s to the high 30s in Celsius, and that’s a problem. You see, for the first time in many Decembers, I just don’t feel Christmassy. Continue reading

Dealing with homesick kids

It would be easy to read this blog, or any of my other social media posts, and assume that moving continents is a breeze and that Canberra is paradise, but of course, real life isn’t like that and it’s only right that I talk about some of the difficulties too.

One of these difficulties presented itself a few nights ago when I crept into mini-CBRbound’s bedroom for a final goodnight. I found him crying and scared, which is very out of character. “What’s the matter?” I asked. “I don’t like this house,” he sobbed.
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Australia’s national sport: Canberra bashing

A child riding a pony at sunset.

These are the views every Canberran knows and no Canberra-basher will admit to.

Once you start researching a move to Canberra, it doesn’t take you long to realise that Australians have a rather schizophrenic relationship with their own capital, to the extent that ‘Canberra-bashing’ would easily compete with cricket and Aussie rules football for the title of national sport.

The uneasy between Aussies and Canberra seems to taken as carte-blanche for others to say what they like about the place, whether based on fact or not. Continue reading

Sharing our tale with Canberra’s story-tellers

For nearly two years before we arrived in Canberra, I had the internet radio in our kitchen in Denmark tuned to one of Canberra’s local radio stations – 666 ABC Canberra.

My logic was, if you really want to find out about a city’s good and bad points, there’s no better barometer of that than the calls people make to local phone-in shows.

This week, largely thanks to this blog, I was invited to appear as a guest on one of my favourite shows, Mornings with Genevieve Jacobs.

Mark standing outside 666 ABC Canberra's studios.

Mark, the face behind CBRbound, just after being interviewed on local radio about what makes Canberra a great place to live.

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The beady eye of a T-Rex.

Canberra, land of the dinosaurs

The brilliant thing about living in Canberra is that there are so many things to do. The bad thing about living in Canberra is that the kids know that there are so many things to do.

Entrance sign to the National Dinosaur Museum.

Canberra’s National Dinosaur Museum has been on the kids’ wish list since we arrived.

Since we arrived, five weeks ago, mini-CBRbound and maxi-CBRbound have taken every opportunity to let us know that a visit to the National Dinosaur Museum was high on their wish list. So, mildly encouraged by vouchers offering free entry for children accompanied by an adult, we finally gave in and headed back in time a few million years.
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