27 May 2006

Vegemite Kids unite!

Finally, after filling out countless papers, collecting stat decs, old photos and letters, bank statements, police clearances, translations, a multitude of signatures and stamps, not to mention a hefty fee… we received the news that Laurent de Schoutheete (or Lozza as he may now be known) has officially been accepted as a resident of Australia!! Yippeeeeeeee…

I can personally attest to the fact that Laurent had, in fact, already passed (& with flying colours) the true test of any future Aussie resident, he:

  1. Not only tolerates vegemite, he actually eats it voluntarily (albeit on a baguette, with Belgian cheese)
  2. Has already owned a 4WD (AND it was a Holden)
  3. Has lived in the “Outback”
  4. Uses “mate” in conversations with Aussies
  5. Has watched The Castle and found it funny
  6. Knows what a Tim Tam is
  7. Has watched an entire Test Series on the telly, and enjoyed it

But, of course, there is no denying his Belgian blood. It will probably take a long time to adapt to certain aspects of Aussie life and culture including the:

  1. Mere existence of plastic cheese
  2. Pre-packaged, pre-sliced supermarket bread
  3. Absence of beer with a 12% alcohol content at the corner store
  4. Absence of mayonnaise with your “frites” (that’s hot chips from now on)

Laurent has to set foot in Australia before February 2007 for the visa to take effect… In the meantime, we are already stocking up on the BBQ coals and preparing the green and gold face paint for June. Unfortunately, I will be watching the World Cup games from a hotel room in Bangkok, but Laurent has promised to cheer loudly and raucously (in true Aussie style) for both of us!


At 03 June, 2006, Blogger kymmie said...

Welcome to the clan Laurent!! Can't wait to see you both at Christmas time... although doubt our house will be built by then :o(

At 04 June, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow!! that's a great news guys! can't wait to have you down there so I can start planning the visit :-))
(... Lian, you forgot to add in the list.. Laurent has to learn by heart the song... "do you come from a land down undeeeerrrr" :-)))

hot regards from BCN

At 13 June, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi crew - that's great news! Hope to see you soon!

Wouldn't the lyrics for Laurent be "Dude, you come from a land down under?" ;)


At 15 June, 2006, Blogger hope said...

congrats to both of you! i can't wait to come visit!

At 02 August, 2006, Blogger Elke & Chris said...

yay! congratulations, we're pleased to have to on our team!


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