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Six ways to spend Thanksgiving 2017 in San Francisco

Thanksgiving doesn’t really mean much for expats. It’s not a holiday that we have memories from childhood of (unless you grew up in the US). Unlike New Year’s Day or Christmas, in some cases, Thanksgiving can turn out to just be two days off work that feel like you’re on…

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Where to find Australian coffee in San Francisco

What do AFL football and a proper cup of coffee have in common? Apart from the fact they both take a while to brew into something enjoyable*. Give up? It’s former Hawthorn and St Kilda footballer turned banker and businessman, Nick Stone. Like many Aussie expats, when Stone moved to…

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Paul Kelly at San Francisco’s Slim’s

Australian music legend Paul Kelly is finishing off his US tour tonight with a show at The Roxy Theater in West Hollywood. I was lucky enough to nab a free ticket* to his performance at Slim’s in San Francisco last night, so you could say this blog post is tainted…

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5 Reasons you need to see a US soccer game

Sports are a huge part of life in the US – be it the NFL, baseball, basketball, hockey or soccer. Getting to a game is on the bucketlist of travellers to the US for good reason. The atmosphere is second to none, you’ve got to try the food, there’s entertainment…

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Advocating for change in your expat country

Last night more than 55 people were shot dead and 400 injured while attending a music festival near the Mandalay Bay Resort. It’s America’s deadliest mass shooting to date and the shooter was found dead in his hotel room with at least ten guns. When a tragedy of this magnitude…

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Lizzie Borden and the killer rock-musical

The Borden family axe murders, arguably perpetrated by youngest daughter Lizzie, is so ingrained in American culture that there’s even a children’s rhyme about it. So why not go the whole-hog and turn the grizzly Victorian era killings into a goth-rock musical? Accompanied by a live band cranking out tunes…

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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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