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    Quote Originally Posted by Hers&Hers View Post
    Cape town is actually still very racist, been once in 2011 never again.
    Im sorry you had that impression from your visit. It's certainly not my experience of Cape Town or my DH who lived there for 30 years - he actually finds Australia to be more racist than home (Cape Town)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    Im sorry you had that impression from your visit. It's certainly not my experience of Cape Town or my DH who lived there for 30 years - he actually finds Australia to be more racist than home (Cape Town)
    yes I figured we all have different experiences. I know people who come here from home and complain about the racism though i never experienced it

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    It's lovely to read that people feel at 'home'. We moved to Australia when I was just a small child, so I grew up in Australia, and have a strong connection there.

    Although I'm not living in Aus at the moment, I've moved around so much, that I generally feel like an expat every where, not at home.

    Is it just me or is everyone else now reading posts in different accents.

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    Yep me, doing an atrocious African accent in my head.

    Aren't our brains funny feckers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phony View Post
    Yep me, doing an atrocious African accent in my head.

    Aren't our brains funny feckers!
    Ha - last time we went back someone asked DH if he was Australian so not much of an accent left here!! He deliberately lost his accent a lot as he got sick of people not being able to understand him in his early years here

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    Default Why did you move to Australia

    People over here instantly know I'm a kiwi, but my family and friends in NZ think I sound 100% Australian now!

    So I guess I have a mongrel accent.

    There are definitely certain things that I say, I can tell they are wrong to how I hear other people say them but I can't get my mouth around the "Australian" way.

    I.e Claire vs clear, air vs ear, here vs hair vs hear

    Those sorts of sounds apparently are my downfall!

    As far as feeling like "home", this is definitely my new home. When I go to NZ to visit mum, I miss Brisbane too much to stay long! So it's easier for me to pay for my mum and step dad to visit me here.

    My brother moved over a couple years after me, and he lives with me on and off, but he has wanderlust, so spends most of his year travelling the world, then comes back to Brisbane for a little bit and then goes travelling again.

    My dad and step mum moved over a few years ago, up to central qld. I wish they were closer but I see them often enough. More than if they lived in NZ anyways!

    The only things I miss from my is the rest of my family (mum, step dad, step sisters and all grandparents).... and the food. NZ food is the best! Whenever I go home, I bring back 3 big suitcases full of food and drink that you can't get here. Also i gorge on food from the local bakery and fish and chip shop that I used to have growing up.

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    Food is definitely something that makes a place unique.
    @LanaBanah I'm so impressed your so aware of your accent, for DH English is his second language and I think because it sounds one way in his head he isn't aware that it actually comes out different. I'm fluent in both languages so I make fun of him all the time. Which doesn't help.

    Ah wanderlust, yes I have a case of that, seem to be passing it on to the kids. Maybe that's why I don't have an at home feeling.
    I mean I feel at home in our house but neither country gives me an at home feel.

    Maybe it's all the moving, people tend to disappoint you, you go back and they're not who they were.

    I mean I feel at home in my house, but not place really gives me that feeling.

    My brain is on overload with accents, it's so funny how some people are able to loose theirs so easily, pity about the South African accent, I love the way they talk. Oh and I'm doing a great Irish accent in my head too

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    Default Why did you move to Australia

    Way of life, financially more realistic for a family and owning a property, climate.

    We moved from the uk almost 6 years ago. The only family out here is my dad (who I've never been on great terms with) and my stepmum.

    Australia is home, we won't be going back. Even visiting isn't something we want to do.

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    I came over from the uk on a 457 visa for a two year contract. I planned on going home once it ended- however I met DH 18mths in and having lived in rural Vic for 11 years now I can't stand how busy and crowded the uk is.
    Australia is certainly home now but I do miss my family and wish they were closer.


 

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