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Cinnamon Pixie: In Search of the Platypus

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in Brisbane makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Brisbane, etc.

I am Cinnamon Pixie. I am Portuguese and I have lived in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom prior to moving to Australia. My hubbie and I have been living in Brisbane since November 2012 and are very excited to discover the city and it has to offer us.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

I started a blog as a way with connecting with my friends who live far away. It has been a very fun experience!

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

The readers should choose the posts that speak to them individually ;-p

Tell us about the ways your new life in Brisbane differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

There are always cultural shocks when you come to a new country. As this is our third experience living away from home we didn´t feel them as big as we would have otherwise. The main difference that stills gets my mind boggled is the different timezones and seasons...

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Brisbane? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

I think we were relatively prepared, and again I consider that our previous experiences were priceless in that regard. However, we ended up renting a property very close to a busy and noisy pub as we did not know the area well enough!

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us? 

Sitting at Clayfield train station, waiting the train for 30 minutes, at around 8:00 PM, and having someone shout at me from the street that there were no more trains for the day was quite funny. I had looked up the journey on the web but did not even consider the return schedules as I wasn´t coming home late. Thanks to GPS on my mobile phone I found my way to the next station were trains were still running.

Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Brisbane? 

  • Give yourself time to find a place. Most real-estate agents will only show you a property on pre-schedule viewings of 10/15 minutes, once or twice a week.
  • As soon as you have an address, even if it is still your employers, apply for a Tax File Number online. It takes quite some time.
  • Wear sunblock when you go for even a short walk as you will get sunburned just by going shopping

How is the expat community in Brisbane? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

So far, my social life is not very active. InterNations has some events, at least once a month but I have not yet been able to attend. Unfortunately, I cannot yet comment on that.

How would you summarize your expat life in Brisbane in a single, catchy sentence?

Life is Brissie is a sunny adventure!

Benoit Julien

"Before moving to Brisbane I contacted 5 members of their InterNations community. Today 3 of them are my friends."

Gabriela Jaquez

"As a traveling spouse it was not always easy to meet interesting people abroad. On InterNations I have many of them here in Brisbane in no time."

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