Life in Shanghai: November

Life in Shanghai November 2014 by Expat Edna

My monthly wrap-ups are for me to share more of my daily goings-on; the little things that make up my life abroad. For previous months, see here.  While putting this month’s photos together, I realized: it’s been an incredibly food-heavy month. Possible side effect of Thanksgiving lead-up — or more a sign that I’m too old to [...]

The 5 best things I ate in LA

The 5 best things I ate in LA by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Read previous posts here. When you only have 2.5 days to experience a city as happening and diverse as Los Angeles, the itinerary is pretty action-packed. When I wasn’t being shown the sights, I was being shown the food [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Madrid

The 5 best things I ate in Madrid 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. A large factor in me falling for Madrid was the city’s food and drink scene, and the friendly people behind it all (the portion sizes, the freebies, the smiling service — such a treat, [...]

One day in Segovia

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If you like aqueducts and suckling pigs, boy do I have the day trip for you. Segovia is a small town outside Madrid, about an hour’s drive or thirty minutes away on the fast train. It’s one of those towns so old and full of preserved historical goodness it’s been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage [...]

We drove to Belgium just for the beer

We drove to Belgium for the beer

Like many good ideas, the idea to roadtrip to Belgium for beer came about over a few drinks at the bar. It was the start of expat leaving season in Paris. I was at a friend’s going away party, and with my own time in the city quickly running out, I was ruminating on goodbyes [...]

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 eyes would either glaze over or start to [...]

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 missed. After all, my Paris time was now limited to the occasional weekend here and there — did I really want to take a chance on new places that [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: Extended Edition

5 best things I ate in Paris - Extended Paris edition

I found myself facing the most fabulous dilemma this summer: my job in Paris finished at the end of June, but my job in Italy didn’t start until September. (Really put the fun in funemployment, if you can imagine.) So how was I to ever pass all that time? By eating. A lot. Obviously. In fact, I [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Corsica

5 Best Things I Ate Corsica

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Once a month I feature a destination from my past travels; on the last day I recap the best of that month in Paris.  Corsican cuisine seems to be a mixture of influences: a bit of French, [...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: May

5BTIA in Paris May 2013

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Each month around the 15th I feature a destination from my past travels; on the last day I recap the best of the month in Paris.  May was my last full month in Paris, but of course [...]