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Review: Hot Cross Buns in San Francisco

Hot cross buns. It’s just not Easter without them and when you’re living in San Francisco, they can be a bit of a challenge to track down. A challenge, but certainly not impossible, as I found out the other day, when I plotted a hot cross map across the fair…

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Meeting Aussies in San Francisco

In a cosy bar tucked away on a North Beach lane, Aussies gather to have their own accents reflected back at them and to hear stories of expats past and present. That’s enough of the faux-hoity-toity-literariness. You can find expat Aussies (and their American mates) enjoying beers and friendly banter…

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My Favourite Photos Of 2016

I planned on reeling out a list of the top ten most-liked photos from my Instagram account, but then I changed my mind. So here are my favourites instead. No more explanation necessary. 1. Bruny Island Seal Colony, Tasmania My youngest brother and I visited Tasmania for a couple of weeks…

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San Francisco Ballet’s The Nutcracker

We just finished watching San Francisco Ballet’s The Nutcracker and now I wish I hadn’t given up ballet as a “plump”, balance-challenged 10-year-old. As a disclaimer, I have to say that I’ve only ever seen one ballet before. That was Les Miserables at the Sydney Opera House. Except I’d woken…

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How To Spend Thanksgiving In San Francisco

When you’re alone in a new country or city, unfamiliar holidays can leave you at a loose end. Thanksgiving can be particularly daunting in the US, considering its emphasis on family and friends. Americans traditionally spend the day getting the family dinner ready, which means the few new friends you’ve…

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Aussie Expat Communities in the USA

There’s been a fair few requests for a compilation of communities for Australian Expats across the USA, after I posted a list for San Francisco. So I’ve put on my best “researcher” hat and found as many as I could. As always, this isn’t the “be all and end all”…

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Australian Communities in San Francisco

You’re not going to find a Walkabout pub in San Francisco, and us Aussies seem to be pretty well spread out over the peninsula and east bay so it’s going to be tough to just run into a fellow Sandgroper, Taswegian, Crow-Eater or Banana-bender. Your best bet for sharing stories…

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Street Fairs of America

I’m a sucker for a market, a carnival or a fair and in America they just seem to do them right. I could drone on for ages about why I think that is, or I could write a list of the things that make US fairs so great. Let’s go…

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Talking to strangers

Over the weekend Mr M and I braved the truly awful SF public transport system and took BART to the Mission District. Because I enjoy feeling like I’m about to get mugged whilst simultaneously breathing in the sweet smell of sun-baked urine. I’m cool like that. Of course there was…

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Stop talking, start doing…

Are you a “talker” or a “doer”? That’s what I’ve been asking myself lately. Do you just shake your head and sigh about the parts of the world that upset you, or do you take responsibility and try to make it better? Over the past couple of years I’ve made…

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