Allison Bourke

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Allison Bourke

Where is home in Australia?
Ormeau, Queensland

Where is home overseas?
Beijing, China

What's your current postcode?

Can you describe your adopted hometown in three words?
Food, Busy, Polluted

If I had 24 hours in your city, what are the absolute must-dos?
Visit a hutong, eat dumplings and drink Tsingtao beer, visit the silk and pearl markets.

What's the best piece of advice you have for someone moving overseas?

  • Do not put furniture into storage - when you eventually move home your tastes will have changed!
  • Don't spend extra on an apartment for a "spare room" for friends and family. Get a place you like and if they visit, they can get a hotel or sleep on the couch.
  • Join every Facebook group you can for that country and ask as many questions as you think of.

What do you miss most about Australia?

  • Woolies, I would love to buy food and recognise labels (living in China).
  • Chicken parmy from pubs.
  • Our beaches.

What’s a piece of gold from your new city that you will take home with you? 
Don't take fresh air and drinkable water for granted.

Where to next?
UAE, please