Postcard from Greece

In what seems like ages and ages ago, I made my first real-life friend via Twitter: you know, those people whose blog you fall in love with and with whom you engage in witty banter on Twitter, and then make that awkward-seeming online to offline transition.  I discovered Where My Heart Resides via the Sacramento PR […]

June 22, 2011 Continue reading…

Living abroad: it’s a hard-knock expat life

Some see the glass as half full, others see it as half empty…you see it and think, “let’s pour out the water and fill it with beer!” That was what the birthday card my grandma sent me said–and as I waver between my general optimism and a biting dose of realism, I’m tempted to just […]

June 21, 2011 Continue reading…

My list of little expat joys

It may have been my dirty little travel secret, but now it’s out in the open that I prefer being an expat to being a traveler. I like being a regular. I like sleeping in my own bed. I like having a steady paycheck. It’s not exactly glamorous–when people ask me what I’m doing, I usually […]

June 18, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard of St Kilda Skies

With my birthday trip to Cairns quashed as a result of a Tiger Airways flight cancellation, I was forced to spend the long weekend ruminating the value of travel insurance at home in St Kilda. Despite the cold, the sun came out and gorgeous cloud cover dotted the brilliant blue sky: perfect for a bundled-up […]

June 16, 2011 Continue reading…

My obsession with Cheap Eats

My rules for living in Melbourne: never leave the house without sunglasses, an umbrella and a copy of Cheap Eats. The weather in the Victoria capital is notoriously fickle, with sunny skies turning stormy and vice versa in an instant. And Cheap Eats has become my irreplaceable little blue book, my guide to this notoriously […]

June 12, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard of autumn in Melbourne

I can’t quite past the mental block of seasons in the opposite hemisphere. April showers bring May flowers, and June brings barbecues, bikinis and bike riding. In Australia, however, April simply brings a cold snap that doesn’t quite go away. I still haven’t been able to bring myself to buy gloves and a hat–summer is […]

June 8, 2011 Continue reading…

Skinny, strong and hot: the Melbourne coffee scene

If nothing else, Melbourne will turn you into a coffee snob. I’ve never been someone who “needs” a coffee in the morning: my mom doesn’t drink caffeine, so I’ve always thought it’s more of a mental block than an actual physical need. I did fall prey to the Starbucks claim in high school and college, […]

June 6, 2011 Continue reading…