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The Joy Project

We are a group of 3 friends who blog on life in Brisbane for anyone who has moved here offering local info and sharing stories and thoughts of moving around the world

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Welcome to Brisbane, this beautiful part of the world we love to call home . We want to help you navigate this chapter of your life as you settle in and bring you some JOY at the same time. We also know that even if you've lived here a while it can be hard to settle in so far from home and JOY is here for you too. We are Chrissy, Jo and Sarah. Chrissy and Jo know Brisbane like nobody else having been born here in sunny Queensland, and Sarah knows the chaos of moving overseas having done it twice.
Culture-Shock-in-GuayaquilAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Guayaquil, Ecuador

A newcomer to Ecuador offers an honest view of what it's like adjusting to life in Guayaquil. From finding it hard to understand people, because they speak too fast to feeling depressed and thinking about returning home, she is truly in the midst of culture shock.

A newcomer to Ecuador offers an honest view of what it's like adjusting to life in Guayaquil. From finding it hard to understand people, because they speak too fast to feeling depressed and thinking ...

Living-in-MeridaAn Expat Discusses Living in Merida, Mexico

An expat talks about living in beautiful Merida, Mexico. This modern city of over 750,000 on the Yucatan still retains some of the Mayan culture. Parts of the city have very modern architecture while others have colonial. If you're moving to Merida, prepare yourself for the heat and friendly locals.

An expat talks about living in beautiful Merida, Mexico. This modern city of over 750,000 on the Yucatan still retains some of the Mayan culture. Parts of the city have very modern architecture whi...

Moving to Valencia

Expats moving to Valencia enjoy life on the Mediterranean coast and a cost of living that is lower than what expats in Barcelona and Madrid must absorb.

Expats moving to Valencia enjoy life on the Mediterranean coast and a cost of living that is lower than what expats in Barcelona and Madrid must absorb....

Healthcare in Panama

Expats have differing opinions about healthcare in Panama. Many advice against public hospitals and healthcare, but some recount good experiences. This article covers public vs private healthcare, cost of healthcare, obtaining prescription medications and much more.

Expats have differing opinions about healthcare in Panama. Many advice against public hospitals and healthcare, but some recount good experiences. This article covers public vs private healthcare, c...

Moving to New Zealand

Expats share tips for people moving to New Zealand from housing to banking, healthcare to what to bring.

Expats share tips for people moving to New Zealand from housing to banking, healthcare to what to bring....

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