Top 3 Surprises About Finding Work

As they say, finding a job is a job in itself. Since the last job I had in NYC became too intense to sustain, I dove into my planned holiday with both feet. It was important to me that I move to a new country without the additional stress of needing to find work right…

10 Surprises of Moving to Sydney

A month ago, I reflected on the 10 things I wish I had known before moving to Sydney. Now that I’ve begun the process of settling in, I’ve taken note of the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between daily life in NYC and Sydney. You’re a pedestrian? No one cares.  Who knew that walking out of the house…

Finding My Fit Fam

One of the biggest thrills of living in Manhattan is having access to the trendiest, hardest workouts. Whether top models swear by it or you’re drawn in by the amenities, there are a million reasons to try those trendy boutique fitness classes in NYC. And whether it’s the endorphin rush or the result from your fifth class, you’ll find…

Getting Sudsy in Sydney

I drink beer now. (This is a big statement for a person who doesn’t like carbonation and didn’t chug a beer until after she graduated from college.) In Sydney, it’s hard to avoid drinking beer. And this isn’t a shock at all, considering how ride or die Sydneysiders are about their food and coffee. But coming…

What They Don’t Tell You About Becoming An Expat

I made a mistake. After moving 10 thousand miles from home by myself, I thought it would be a good idea to take a quick trip to a new city*. I thought it would be easy, exciting, enchanting. Instead, I felt farther from home than ever. Lonely and bored at times, I reached out to friends…

What to Pack for Summer in Syd

Unconventional Wisdom for a Conventional Summer Packing List Portable mobile charger When you depend on Google Maps for every step of your physical journey and you depend on your phone for documenting every step of your physical journey, your phone is going to die a quick, painful death. Why induce anxiety by seeing the nasty…

The Streets Are Talking

Last week, I reveled in the discoveries I made when I took off my headphones and actually absorbed what was going on in the beautiful city around me. The celebration continues! If you just look up and pay attention, Sydney is constantly telling a story. Graffiti is as rampant here as it is in Rome or…

Playing Tourist… For Cheap

If I could name a signature accessory, it would be headphones. You’d be hard-pressed to find a time when a pair of those suckers aren’t fixed to my face. In Manhattan, they were a great mechanism for deflecting unwanted conversations and an even better mechanism for providing some relief in an otherwise mundane routine. But…

Jet Lag Jamboree: The First 7 Days in Sydney

Getting over jet-lag is the first step to becoming an expat. And in the haze of jet-lag, you might not be in the best mindset to make smart, informed, quick decisions that set off your journey in the right direction. But I did the thinking for you. Here are the top 7 things I learned…

Moving To Sydney: A Checklist

Accommodation  AirBNB can be affordable and more comfortable than a hostel or hotel If you’re looking for long-term rental, check Flatmates.com.au or FlatmateFinders.com.au. Note that most move-in dates are immediate, so it isn’t worth checking it out until you’re about ready to move Money Order a bit of local currency when the US dollar is strong…

A Dream Six Years In the Making

Six years is a long time. Six years is long enough to graduate college, move to a new city, furnish an apartment, launch a career. Six years is long enough to have my heart broken, live in hell-on-Wall Street, watch my loved ones suffer and finally recover. And certainly six years is long enough to realize that a…