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 that was no longer there. Elsewhere, not one, but two people I considered my closest friends had broken my heart in totally different, though equally painful ways. [...]

Endings and Beginnings

endings and beginnings

(I’m going to apologize in advance for the long read, but I felt I owed a proper explanation for my disappearance these past few months. I promise future posts will be shorter. And feature more food.) If there’s one thing I’ve learned this summer, it’s that nothing is for certain. Friendships. Relationships. Opinions. Circumstances. Doesn’t [...]

How to plan a wedding abroad: Advice from expats and travel bloggers (Part II)

Planning a wedding abroad advice from travel bloggers and expats

Thinking about a destination wedding? Marrying someone from a different country? Don’t know where to start planning? Don’t worry — this international group of expats and travel bloggers have got your questions covered. How to plan a wedding abroad: Part I can be found here. 7. How have you dealt with well-intentioned people who want [...]

How to plan a wedding abroad: Advice from expats and travel bloggers

Planning a wedding abroad advice from travel bloggers and expats

(Warning: This is a long post.)  Happy Valentine’s Day! Seeing as my fiancé lives 6000 miles away, I don’t have much planned for today besides my usual Thursday night after-work drinks. So instead, to celebrate, I’ve asked travel bloggers and expats to dish out advice on planning a wedding abroad, or marrying someone from another [...]

Recap: My 2012 resolutions

Louvre - Expat Edna engagement photos by Pictours Paris

One of the many reasons I love New Year’s is the idea of starting anew; wiping the slate clean of the past year’s dusty transgressions and poor habits. So every year I write a short list of resolutions, usually minor things like ‘stop biting my nails’ (a resolution that has been made and broken twenty [...]

5 years.


Five years ago today, my grandmother died. It was a heartbreaking event made even worse by the fact that, due to the time difference, I received the call on Christmas day. I grew up only seeing her a couple weeks every summer, as I lived in Pennsylvania and she lived in Shanghai. When my classmates would [...]

Finding love abroad: Our story (and Paris engagement photos!)

Finding love abroad our travel love story

In the summer of 2010, I was as single as could be. In fact, not only was I not dating, but I was actively avoiding anything resembling such. Over a year before, I’d sworn off relationships and promised myself I’d spend my 20s single so that I could focus solely on myself, my career, and my plans to [...]

Gratitude: 2012

Gratitude: 2012

2012 has been one helluva year. When I accepted my job in Paris, I also accepted the fact that this would probably be a boring year: no travel, no adventure; just a year working and studying French. Well that was a laugh, because 2012 was an even crazier adventure than 2011. But I’ll get to that next month, [...]

It’s my Two-Year Expat-travel-versary!

Two years of travel!

I thank the people in my life who have made these last two years of travel and life abroad so awesome and memorable.

On getting engaged in Paris, and what’s next

Engaged in Paris

Some personal thoughts on being engaged long-distance, our future plans, and answering some frequently asked questions.