Maria Yasmin Nelson

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Name
Maria Yasmin Nelson

Where is home in Australia?
Melbourne

Where is home overseas?
Austin, TX, USA

What's your current postcode?
78701

Can you describe your adopted hometown in three words?
Friendly, laid-back, hot!

If I had 24 hours in your city, what are the absolute must-dos?
Trying out all the different restaurants and spending some time outdoors by the lake.

What's the best piece of advice you have for someone moving overseas?
Be open & flexible to new relationships. Community and friendship pave the way to happiness as a foreigner overseas. You may find them in the most unexpected of places.

What do you miss most about Australia?
Her beaches.

What’s a piece of gold from your new city that you will take home with you? 
Austin's Deaf community has taught me a lot. About language, community, privilege, audism, linguistic rights, social justice, accessibility, and the list goes on, really. These are lessons I can take with me anywhere I am in the world. They reside in my heart now.

Where to next?
Austin for the foreseeable future, actually! This feels more like home now than Melbourne does.

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