Life

Expat dilemma : stay or go?

Expat life is full of excitement and unexpected twists and turns. You experience the highs of having a whole new place to explore, possibly learning a new language and a new way of life. But there’s a downside to expat living as well, and it tends to rear its head…

Posted in Expat Life, Life, Uncategorised | Tagged , , | 24 Comments

12 Weirdest things on sale in the US

America: where capitalism came to buy more stuff. You can purchase literally ANYTHING in this country, which throws up some very weird conundrums between what you want and what you actually need. I want a home defibrillator but do I actually need one? Probably not, but I can’t see into…

Posted in Finance, Life | 56 Comments

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…

Posted in Community, Expat Life, Life | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

5 things you shouldn’t say to a new cyclist

Welcome to the wonderful world of cross training! I’ll be your host – the still very injured runner, turned very scared cyclist. Of course I use “cyclist” with a sly little smile and a nod to people who are actually able to ride a bike. Because I can’t steer straight…

Posted in Expat Life, Life, Running | 25 Comments

Songs that remind me of Australia

  I’ve found that the longer I’m away from Australia, the more I miss songs that remind me of home. I know that “those songs” be different for everyone, but I’ve compiled a list of my favourites that instantly transport me back to the sun, humidity and evenings spent with…

Posted in Expat Life, Life, Uncategorised | 55 Comments

My Expat Story

The other day Swedish expat Sandra, who is adjusting to life in Boston after a big move from Zurich, tagged me in a post about expat stories. Sandra writes some funny and thought-provoking stuff about life in the US at her beautiful blog Going American, and asked other expats to…

Posted in Life, Uncategorised | 36 Comments

American English For Expats

It seems a little unfair that I’ve explained Aussie slang to Americans but not American words to Aussie expats. Or any expats for that matter. It’s an oversight that I’m now correcting thanks to Eliza, who gave me numbers one and three to chase up. Without further ado, I give…

Posted in Expat Life, Life, Uncategorised | 36 Comments

Valentine’s Day in San Francisco for Singles

During my many years as a single traveler, I was not a fan of Valentine’s Day. It was especially true in my single expat years – you can’t really go out with friends unless you’ve had a chance to make really good (and also single) friends. Question: What do you…

Posted in Expat Life, Life, Uncategorised | 16 Comments

Going Home to Australia

  Don’t worry, I’m only talking about going home to Australia for a holiday, not forever! Maybe you’re planning a trip to visit friends and family or just to get a taste of Aussi-tude (an actual thing) before embarking on another couple of years in the US. Either way you…

Posted in Expat Life, Life, Uncategorised | 25 Comments

How To Recreate Aussie Christmas For Expats

Aussie Christmas Tree as decorated and photographed by my SIL Peachsponge This is my second Christmas in the US, my sixth Christmas in the northern hemisphere and my seventh Christmas spent away from family. At this time of the year I start reminiscing about all the summery Christmassy (yeah, it’s…

Posted in Expat Life, Life, Uncategorised | 18 Comments