I’ve lived in Australia since 1998, which is long enough to be almost an insider yet short enough to retain a foreigner’s perspective. I’m an outsider inside.
I’m glad to have chanced upon The Conversation, as it generally stimulates intellectual discourse amongst its readers. It also provides me with more stuff to fill my head with than I will ever be asked about. Especially not in Trivial Pursuit.
I have also come to regard the off-topic comment section as my type of community, and I’m very grateful for having it. I’m glad to know that other people with attitudes similar to mine exist out there, as in Australia I’ve unfortunately always lived in areas where I couldn’t find like-minded people.