Fête de la Musique

Let's say you're in Paris, and it's the first day of summer. It's the longest day of the year, it's … [Continue Reading]

Fete de la Musique - Expat Edna

How to turn 25 in Shanghai

I am notoriously kind of very over-enthusiastic about my birthday. One of those people who … [Continue Reading]

How to turn 25 in Shanghai by Expat Edna

Return to Paris

So I've been back in Paris for nearly two weeks. Before anyone gets too excited! -- I'm not … [Continue Reading]

Return to Paris by Expat Edna

Upheaval

This was me five weeks ago. It was only a week and a half into our big European backpacking trip … [Continue Reading]

upheaval

Happy Days

You see this? You see this post? This is me throwing up my hands and saying, I give up! I give up … [Continue Reading]

Happy Days - Expat Edna

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: Extended Edition

I found myself facing the most fabulous dilemma this summer: my job in Paris finished at the end of … [Continue Reading]

5 best things I ate in Paris - Extended Paris edition

Endings and Beginnings

(I'm going to apologize in advance for the long read, but I felt I owed a proper explanation for my … [Continue Reading]

endings and beginnings

Life in flux

The past week -- and this month in general -- has just left my head spinning. My stomach is … [Continue Reading]

Greetings from Switzerland by Expat Edna

Bastille Day is for friends

Eiffel Tower fireworks, Bastille Day, Paris by Expat Edna

In recent years, the 14th of July -- a date I hardly cared about for most of my life -- has quickly gone the way of other dependable events like my birthday or New Year's: a day I can always count on to be one of my favorite celebrations of the year. My first Bastille Day, I ventured out alone … [Continue reading...]

Fête de la Musique

Fete de la Musique - Expat Edna

Let's say you're in Paris, and it's the first day of summer. It's the longest day of the year, it's June 21, it's Fête de la Musique. Where do you go? What do you do? Maybe you head down to the banks of the Seine. Left Bank, Right Bank; Pont Neuf, Pont Marie -- doesn't matter, every inch of … [Continue reading...]

How to turn 25 in Shanghai

How to turn 25 in Shanghai by Expat Edna

I am notoriously kind of very over-enthusiastic about my birthday. One of those people who celebrates allll week, and always throws a big party (see: last year's fabulous Parisian black-and-white 50s theme party). Over the past few years I've toned down the hullabaloo (once I realized people's … [Continue reading...]

Return to Paris

Return to Paris by Expat Edna

So I've been back in Paris for nearly two weeks. Before anyone gets too excited! -- I'm not staying. I'm only here for one more week, taking a … [Continue reading...]

One Midnight in Paris

midnight in paris by expat edna

It was early August and things were not going well. I had just called off my engagement, the fingers on my left hand unused to feeling for a ring … [Continue reading...]

Upheaval

upheaval

This was me five weeks ago. It was only a week and a half into our big European backpacking trip (though it felt like we'd already been on the road … [Continue reading...]

Instagrammed: Europe for the Holidays

Instagrammed - Europe for the holidays

For those who wondered where I've been these past five weeks: I've been everywhere! Kind of. I spent all of December living out of my suitcase while … [Continue reading...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: October-November

The 5 best things I ate in Paris Nov 2013 by Expat Edna

I had this silly notion in my head that whenever I returned to Paris after I'd 'officially left', I'd run around revisiting the favorite restaurants I … [Continue reading...]

When nothing and everything go according to plan: Winter travel and Big News!

ile st louis by expat edna

Yesterday morning I received this text from EasyJet: Your flight tomorrow has been cancelled, because you live in a country with scheduled airport … [Continue reading...]