The 5 best things I ate: Melbourne and Sydney

5 best things I ate- Melbourne and Sydney by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Read more food posts here. I did things a little differently when planning Melbourne and Sydney — namely, in that I didn’t. For once, I hardly did any research into the food scenes, and Joe and I instead relied [...]

New Year’s Eve from the best seats in Sydney

Sydney New Year's Eve 2015 by Expat Edna

For someone who loves New Year’s Eve as much as I do, being invited to a private party, in Sydney, right next to Harbour Bridge — that’s equivalent to, say, giving a teenage boy front-row seats to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I was pretty pumped. Apocalyptic downtown Sydney, four hours before midnight Originally, I’d planned to [...]

Life in Shanghai: December

Life in Shanghai December 2014 by Expat Edna

A couple noteworthy events happened in December that I feel the month still warrants a recap post. But as everyone’s moving onto 2015, I’ll keep this as short and sweet as I can (short being 1000 words — that’s progress, right?). Haircut! I first donated my hair in 2008, and after six years of growing it [...]

From Sochi to Shanghai (and a few places in between): Life in 2014

From Sochi to Shanghai - Life in 2014

It was bound to happen eventually, but 2014 is the first year I’m not entirely sad to see go.  In my recap two years ago, I had deemed 2012 the best year ever and was “scared” for 2013′s ability to rise to such epic precedents. 2013 indeed matched (and surpassed) the year before, but its many [...]

I Love My Neighborhood: Sydney’s Northern Beaches

I Love My Neighborhood: Sydney's Northern Beaches

Welcome to another edition of “I Love My Neighborhood”, where I ask expats from across the globe to share the joys of local life they’ve found in their corner of the world. If you’re just joining in now, check out the other cities that have been covered so far here. Today’s guest post comes from Russell, [...]

Admiring nature’s beauty on the Bondi Coastal Walk

Photo Essay: Bondi Coastal Walk, Sydney

There’s another reason to visit Bondi besides its world-famous beach: the Coastal Walk, a six-kilometer trail that runs between Bondi and Coogee beaches, passing through Tamarama and Bronte beach along the way. For a sand-averse person like myself, it’s an ideal way to enjoy the wonders of this beautiful coastline and feel as relaxed as [...]

Instagrammed: Perth and Fremantle

Instagrammed Perth and Freo

A recap of the four weeks I spent in Western Australia, as told through Instagram.

Photo Essay: Newcastle from above


The landscapes of Newcastle, Australia, as seen from a private flight in a Cessna 152 II.

My story: How I’ve been traveling since graduation

Expat Edna 2010 graduation

Since it’s graduation season, I thought I’d share my story, along with some advice for anyone else who might want to travel and work abroad after graduation.

Rottnest Island: More than just beaches

Rottnest Island

The beauty of Rottnest Island includes more than just beaches. This is where nature and Australian history collide.