Latest passport stamp: Malaysia.

Latest passport stamp: Malaysia.

Our latest trip is officially under our belt: eight days in Malaysia. It feels mandatory to travel to Southeast Asia when you’re living in Australia – given that it’s “so close” over here. A mere 8-hour flight! Plus, we felt we were due for a classic culture-shocking trip – the...
New Zealand, at last.

New Zealand, at last.

We wrapped up 2013 with a bang: a 14-day trip to New Zealand. My personal once-in-a-lifetime, dream trip, we attempted to cram a LOT in, and were somehow successful. We decided to make this a group trip with the first friends we met in Sydney, plus a friend of theirs...
The race that stops the nation.

The race that stops the nation.

Aussies are always looking for an excuse to party. So naturally, when the Melbourne Cup horse race is on every first Tuesday in November, game. on. Melbourne Cup is the Kentucky Derby of Australia. It’s such a massive cause for celebration that the state of Victoria gets the entire day...
Just a little jaunt over to Fiji.

Just a little jaunt over to Fiji.

I’m about to say something I may never be able to say again in my life: We just got back from Fiji. Man. Gets me every time. Probably the biggest reason I love living in Australia is how wonderfully exotic this country’s neighbors are. We’re a three hour flight from...
Our sweet new wheels.

Our sweet new wheels.

We are now the not-so-proud owners of a 2002 Daewoo Lanos. BOOM. While we’ve very much enjoyed the car-free lifestyle of urban Sydney living, Mike’s work schedule of random 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. experiments started to make us feel like perhaps a vehicle would be a good idea. He...
SWEET MIRACLE OF MIRACLES.

SWEET MIRACLE OF MIRACLES.

There are so many things I wanted to title this entry. “There is a God.”  “Mesohappymesohappymesohappy” “!!!!Barrage of exclamation points!!!!” That’s just a sampling of the raw emotion I am attempting to convey via blog post. You guyyyys, it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for. A mere five months...
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What You Need To Know Before Traveling By Campervan

What You Need To Know Before Traveling By Campervan

Earlier this year, we went to Tasmania and had a glorious time traveling all over the state in a campervan. Who would travel for 8 days in a vehicle that you drive, sleep and eat in? Tons of people, apparently – campers are megapopular over here, so we had to try it. And it was...
ONE WHOLE YEAR.

ONE WHOLE YEAR.

Well guys, we’ve made it. We’ve officially celebrated our one year Aussieversary. Whoa. I remember thinking twelve months ago, ‘I hope in a year we’re totally settled and happy and not still waiting for our stuff.’ Luckily, that all came true. And as with any annual milestone, I made Mike sit down and get all...
Eating my way through Sydney.

Eating my way through Sydney.

This week, something terrible happened. I discovered chub on my body in a place where no chub has ever made a home before. Could it be a function of aging? Sure (since turning 31 last month I’ve had a bum foot, bum shoulder and discovered I need eyeglasses, ARGH). But more than likely, a development...
An introduction to the Aussie work world.

An introduction to the Aussie work world.

I have to apologize. If I gave you the impression this story was over, that life is totally normal now and there’s nothing more to see here, well…my bad. That’s not true. The fact is I got a real job and kind of threw myself into it and let writing fall to the wayside. But...
The cure for homesickness.

The cure for homesickness.

Last Sunday was rough. It was Mother’s Day and I seriously ached for my mommy. The skies were overcast, we had no plans for the day, and it all became a perfect storm for one of the most brutal bouts of homesickness I’ve felt yet. Homesickness is not fun to begin with. But when you...

Same sh*t, different country.

After all the confusion, the curiosity, the mishaps of the first several months of our move to Australia, a remarkable thing has happened: We have found normalcy. It’s the strangest thing. One minute you’re overwhelmed by newness, convinced that life will never be the same. The next minute you’re doing the same routines you did...

When you just want to hug your homeland.

I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about a time like this coming. A small part of me, when I left the United States, felt like I might be better off in a different country. I knew I was moving from a nation prone to random terrorist attacks to a nation at the...
I drove on the left and nobody got hurt.

I drove on the left and nobody got hurt.

It finally happened. I faced the Australian roads. Naturally, we decided it was a great idea for my first Aussie driving experience to take place behind the wheel of a giant campervan on Tasmanian “highways” that are nauseously curvy and barely wide enough for a bicycle. I’ll give you one guess as to how that turned out....
Oh, Tasmania. Where to begin?

Oh, Tasmania. Where to begin?

We’re back and it was awesome. There’s too much to say about Tassie (as they call it) in one post, so I’m going to take it bit by bit. For this one I thought I’d start by sharing our photo album and itinerary, for those who are also considering driving around this little island like...
A most peculiar game.

A most peculiar game.

It became clear when we arrived in Sydney six months ago [wait a second. Six months ago? For real? Where has the time gone? Clearly, we’re having too much fun because it’s absolutely flying. But I digress], it became clear we were going to have to learn a thing or two about this crazy game...
Prepare for premature aging.

Prepare for premature aging.

The Aussie summer is winding down and no one is more thrilled than this girl. It’s not just that I love fluffy scarves and hate shaving my legs, although those are both very true. No, I have a whole new reason to wish for winter now: the evil Australian sun. The sun here is different,...

Gluttons for punishment.

So, picking up where we left off before I got lazy: Mike and I decided to move again. Are we crazy? Uh, obviously. However, we would not have done this had the circumstances not been just so. You see, we were minding our own business when we got an email that the sketchy guy across...