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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...
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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...
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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?)...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The five essentials for the AFL experience

I moved to Melbourne at the beginning of Australian Football League season, and instantly fell in love with “the footy.” Melbourne is AFL-mad, with more than half of the league's 18 teams based in Victoria. Originally established as the Victorian...
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Best ways to work, play and stay in France

I may be in Australia now, but France will always have a piece of my heart. My first taste of international travel was a trip to Paris and Provence with my mom when I was 11. I spent a summer in Provence when I was 16, a summer in Paris when I...
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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...
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