The 5 best things I ate in Paris: Summer 2015

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Barcelona, Tokyo, and more. After two years living in Paris and regular return visits to the city, I still hadn’t tried all the “must-eat”s in the city. This summer I finally […]

Bastille Day: The Eiffel Tower does it better

A photo posted by Edna (@expatedna) on Jul 15, 2015 at 2:08am PDT It’s been well documented how much I love Bastille Day. So I always find it surprising when people say they’re going to celebrate the holiday at Not-the-Eiffel-Tower. (PS, no one really calls it Bastille Day. It’s better known as la fête nationale or le quatorze juillet; get it straight […]

Oh la la! A night with the firemen of Paris

Bastille Day — or more accurately, la fête nationale — is one of my favorite holidays. Partly because it kicks off every year with a huge party with French firemen. Once a year, the French pompiers all around Paris do the most un-firemen like thing: they pack their fire stations with crowds, ply everyone with booze, set up smoke […]

Red, White, and Bleu

There’s something about living abroad that makes for the best 4th of July celebrations. Even though I’m not the most patriotic American, and have no plans on returning to the States, there’s one day a year I still celebrate the country of my birth, and all the opportunities I’ve been afforded because of it. After […]

6 Airbnbs I loved from around the world

A quick note: this is not in any way affiliated with Airbnb. They have no idea who I am. I’m writing this post because I’ve stayed in some pretty cool places over the years and wanted to share the best of my experiences. (Unrelatedly, what is the state of travel blogging these days that I […]

Expat Entrepreneurs: Kasia from Kasia Dietz Handbags

In this series, I feature expats who started their own business abroad. From food to fashion, art to tourism — these women had the guts and confidence to pursue their passions and turn it into something bigger. Check out previous interviews here. Today’s interview comes from Kasia Dietz, one of the very first people I met […]

Travel Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: 21 Lessons from 21 Countries

If there’s one thing every travel blogger loves to talk about on the internet, it’s that solo travel is marvelous and made of puppy tears and will cure your long-standing eczema. In principle, I support solo travel. It’s definitely something I think everyone should try at least once. But personally, it’s not for me. As […]

I Love My Neighborhood: The Marais, Paris

In this series, I ask expats 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 other cities that have been covered so far here. Today I’m so happy to introduce you to Sara — one of my favorite friends from my time […]

I quit — now what? Upcoming travel plans for 2015

So now that I’ve quit my job to travel and have all this free time, next comes the obvious question: Where do I want to go? Even though I’ve been planning this new chapter for a while now, when the map is actually laid out before you, it gets a little overwhelming. Do I spend […]

Five years on: How I moved abroad after college and built a career through travel

This week marks the five-year anniversary of my college graduation. FIVE years! Well I. feel. old. When I graduated from the Class of 2010, I was 20 years old, had $700 to my name — and zero clue what to do next. This is the story of how in the five years since, I’ve lived in […]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: Spring 2015

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Read more food posts here. These days, trips to Paris mostly feature a return to all of our favorite restaurants and bars — we basically live at Cafe St Regis — with just a few meals set aside […]

Life on the Move: Winter 2015

The first two months of the year saw me on three continents … and it’s taken till the fourth to write about it. I love monthly recaps and it’s atrocious that this one’s a quarterly — but let’s make up for it with snappy photos and snappier text. It’s a speed round! Here we go: […]

From Sochi to Shanghai (and a few places in between): 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 […]

The 12 Pubs of Christmas à Paris

There are few times you can look back in your life and point to an exact moment and say, There. That’s when everything changed. For me, that was … a pub crawl. My first year in Paris, as most people know, was solidly blah. I didn’t like the city, I didn’t get the city — and had I […]