Expat Life

Is my heart in San Francisco?

I’ve seen the San Francisco skyline come into view while crossing the Bay Bridge countless times: as a kid, I loved watching for the Alcatraz spotlight and trying to spot the office building where my grandfather worked. Now, I gaze at the city built on seven hills and wonder why I can’t be happy living in […]

April 25, 2012 Continue reading…

Why I loved living in St Kilda

When discussing suburbs in Melbourne, many people instantly discount St Kilda as being “full of backpackers.” With Luna Park and the beach being an undeniable tourist draw (and the rave reviews of Base Backpackers), it’s true that St Kilda does get its fair share of foreigners. But as a Working Holiday-er who lived in St […]

January 24, 2012 Continue reading…

The Down Under edition comes to an end

Nothing in Australia went how I meant it to go. But, then again, I suppose it’s worked out better than I could have imagined. Either way, everyone said it would “change my life” (whatever that’s supposed to mean–doesn’t every day change your life?) and I suppose it has. First, I didn’t plan on staying in […]

December 25, 2011 Continue reading…

The beauty in saying goodbye, and looking forward

I’ve never been one for goodbyes. In social situations, I’m notorious for pulling a Cinderella and simply disappearing into the night without a word. Whether I’m dead sober or sloppy drunk, I just hate going through the social protocol and saying a proper goodbye. I’d rather skip the awkward hug and excuses, and leave. The […]

November 7, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Spring Racing Carnival is when Melbourne wakes up from a sleepy winter, puts on its nicest fascinator and heads outside to sip champagne in the sunshine. While Melbourne Cup is the biggest event of the year–falling on the first Tuesday of November, it’s a public holiday in Victoria–there are a number of horse races throughout […]

November 3, 2011 Continue reading…

What I love (and hate) about Australia

When the sun is shining, when I’m sipping a latte with perfectly frothed milk, when I’m watching the sun set over St Kilda beach–I think, I could stay here forever. I could live here. I could raise a family and have a career and own a dog here. I could be happy here. I am […]

November 2, 2011 Continue reading…

The ups and downs of a six-month attention span

One of the most defining characteristics of Gen Y is its short attention span. We’re a generation that’s been raised with instant gratification, ever-faster and ever-better technology and an obsession with multi-tasking. I’m certainly no exception. I have an infamously short attention span and inability to focus on any one thing for too long. I […]

October 26, 2011 Continue reading…