I am now officially a dual citizen since I received my Australian passport yesterday. Did you know that you are not allowed to smile in Aussie passport photos? No one can really explain to me why this is the case. Having my new passport means that I can finally leave the country again. I won't be needing it tomorrow though because I am only traveling up to Sydney. It should be nice to have a weekend excursion and visit my friend Mel. I will also escape another weekend of thunderstorms in Melbourne and the inevitable flooding of my street that will follow.