Archive for October, 2012

30 Oct 2012

Sunday session

2 Comments Melbourne

In Australia going to the pub on a Sunday afternoon for a Sunday session is a bit of a tradition. A way of nice finishing off the weekend having a couple of drinks with friends. We have a friend who is about to move back to NZ and he invited us down to Transport Bar at Fed Square for a couple of drinks in the sun. It was sunny, warm and wonderful. Maybe a bit too sunny. I managed to get sun stroked getting a massive headache and feeling nauseas.

Lesson learned the hard way, be careful when sitting in the sun and make sure you drink lots of water! After a good nights sleep and lots of water I’m all good again. ūüôā


30 Oct 2012


2 Comments Quote of the day

28 Oct 2012

Don’t be a leader, be a follower!

No Comments Blog stuff

Don’t forget that you easily can stay connected and follow our updates both on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (swaussie) and Bloglovin’ (ENG/SWE).

27 Oct 2012


3 Comments Move to Australia

Det rullar p√• nu med att organisera allt praktiskt. Jag fick √§ntligen mitt bankkonto ordnat och mitt bankkort i posten nu i veckan. S√• nu kan min l√∂n √§ntligen g√• direkt in p√• mitt konto ist√§llet f√∂r p√• Simons. K√§nns s√• sk√∂nt att¬†f√• bli lite¬†sj√§lvst√§ndig igen. ūüôā Ig√•r ordnade jag ju mitt australiensiska k√∂rkort och idag har jag l√§mnat in min ans√∂kan till Medicare.

Medicare är den statliga delen av det australiensiska sjukförsäkringssystemet, ungefär motsvarande svenska landstinget, som ger gratis (eller i vissa fall subventionerad) grundläggande sjukvård till alla australiensiska medborgare. Dessutom subventionerer Medicare även kostnader för receptbelagd medicin. Akutsjukvård, tandläkarbesök, optikerbesök etc omfattas inte av Medicare och inte heller besök på något av alla privatsjukhus som finns i Australien. Därför är det viktigt att du som resenär även har en bra reseförsäkring när du kommer till Australien och om du är bosatt här är det bra att komplettera din Medicare med en privat sjukvårdsförsäkring för att täcka en del av dessa kostnader.

Som turist har du inte rätt att registrera dig hos Medicare om du inte tillhör ett av de 10 länderna som Australien har ett ömsesidigt hälsovårdsavtal med (Reciprocal Health Care Agreement). Sverige är ett av de länderna vilket gör att jag därmed har rätt till Medicare och allt jag behövde göra för att registrera mig var att fylla i en ansökan och gå till mitt närmaste Medicare kontor med mitt pass och mitt visum och lämna in ansökan. Om ca 3 veckor kommer mitt Medicarekort på posten.

27 Oct 2012

Tap water

5 Comments Sverige vs Australia

One thing I really, really miss about Sweden is good tasting tap water. I don’t think you really appreciate it until you don’t have it anymore.¬†I love Swedish tap water¬†but here it tastes like chlorine. I know it’s perfectly safe to drink it¬†but I just can’t come to terms with the taste.¬†It tastes slightly better¬†when¬†it has¬†been refrigerated but still nowhere¬†close to tasty¬†Swedish water. What do you think about the Australian tap water?

26 Oct 2012


No Comments Quote of the day

26 Oct 2012


No Comments Move to Australia

I must admit getting my Australian drivers license was both less stressful and a hell of a lot cheaper than me or Simon getting our Swedish ones. Application handed in and approved on the spot and for $170 they gave me a licence valid for the next 10 years. My actual license will be in the mail in 5-10 working days. Sweet!


25 Oct 2012

Vic license & ID point system

No Comments Move to Australia

I finally have an appointment at Vic Roads¬†to get my Victorian drivers license sorted tomorrow. I’m not really obliged to get a Victorian license since I’m only here on a temporary visa and I can continue to drive on my Swedish license provided that it’s accompanied by an approved translation. But given that my Swedish license doesn’t work as an approved form of identification (since it’s¬†all in Swedish and noone understands what it says)¬†and I have to carry my passport around I thought it would be a good idea.

Another reason for it being a good idea is because of the Australian ID¬†point system.¬† Most legal transactions require some form of identification, applying for our appartment for example did. In some cases, at least 100 points of ID is required. Certain¬†documents¬†will get you a fictive number of points, the more reliable the ID the more points you will get. A driver’s license is¬†a form of secondary document¬†and will give you 40 points.¬†A primary document such as a passport will give you 70 points. But back to the driver’s license.

Sweden is, as I’ve written about earlier (HERE), considered to be a recognised country meaning that Australia approve of our drivers license testing standards. Therefore we (the Swedes) don’t have to take any tests, all we have to do is to make an appointment with Vic Roads, go there and apply for a Victorian license. And that’s exactly what I’m doing tomorrow! The downside to the story is that all Vic Roads’ offices¬†only¬†are open during regular work hours so I have to take half a day off work to be able to make the appointment.

25 Oct 2012


No Comments Melbourne

22 Oct 2012


4 Comments Melbourne

I had a bad morning this morning at boot camp, twisting my ankle during one of the exercises. I put an ice pack on it straight away and it felt ok but later in the day it started to hurt even more and now I can barely walk on it. So now I’m sitting on the couch with my foot high and plan on doing so the rest of the night. It totally messes with my exercising plan. I want to go to boot camp!!