Two Amazing Weeks in Italy

Two Amazing Weeks in Italy

We spent two weeks in Italy for our June 2015 honeymoon and it was magical. You could technically go all over Europe in two weeks,…

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Long Overdue Update

Long Overdue Update

So…we haven’t posted in forever because…we no longer live in Sydney! Some life updates from the past 1.5 years: We moved back to the states…

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Beautiful Noosa, Queensland

Beautiful Noosa, Queensland

I can’t believe it took us this long to discover Noosa – what a gorgeous place! We recently visited this beautiful beach town located about…

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Third Annual #Ozgiving Downunder - 2013

Third Annual #Ozgiving Downunder – 2013

We recently hosted 20+ close friends at our place for a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner. This was our third Thanksgiving in Australia and per usual,…

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Thanksgiving Tips for Our Fellow Expats

Thanksgiving Tips for Our Fellow Expats

Thanksgiving can be a tricky holiday to prepare for even at home in the states! All the preparation….finding the perfect turkey…fighting over the last can of…

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McEsther Engagement Drinks - We Have The Best Friends Ever!

McEsther Engagement Drinks – We Have The Best Friends Ever!

Thanks everyone who made it – what a wonderful day!

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In Non Food Related News...We Got Engaged!

In Non Food Related News…We Got Engaged!

It’s true! We’ve been in the states quite a bit since we’ve lived in Australia celebrating the nuptials of some fabulous couples… Elise and Elliot…

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Google Loves Gelato Event, Gelato Messina Appreciation Class

Google Loves Gelato Event, Gelato Messina Appreciation Class

I was luckily enough to attend Gelato Messina’s Gelato Appreciation Class for the second time thanks to Google Local Sydney. Disclaimer that I work for…

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Video of Our Trip to Vanuatu

Video of Our Trip to Vanuatu

Full post and details of our trip in our previous post: One Week in Paradise, Efate Vanuatu. Thank you to Brian for capturing our trip…

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One Week in Paradise - Efate,Vanuatu

One Week in Paradise – Efate,Vanuatu

I’ll be honest – I hadn’t heard of Vanuatu until McKay told me he’d booked us a vacation there. I’m lucky he does his research…

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Surry Hills Exodus and Other Sad Restaurant News

Surry Hills Exodus and Other Sad Restaurant News

We’ve heard lot’s of upsetting  food news recently – some of our favourites are either closed or relocating! Here’s the round-up: Missy K’s, our favourite neighbourhood…

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The Great Ocean Road - Melbourne to Port Campbell

The Great Ocean Road – Melbourne to Port Campbell

The Great Ocean Road drive has been on our list for quite some time and I’m so glad we were able to do it over…

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Acquus Zinga Bed & Breakfast, Great Ocean Road

Acquus Zinga Bed & Breakfast, Great Ocean Road

If you’re looking for a place to stay on your Great Ocean Road trip – we highly recommend Acquus Zinga. Their website just doesn’t really…

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Dolly Takes Sydney by Storm - Mom's Visit

Dolly Takes Sydney by Storm – Mom’s Visit

Mom was recently in town to visit. And it was fantastic! I miss her already…

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Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart, Tasmania

It’s been a while since I updated the blog and we’ve had a slew of trips since New Years including an awesome long weekend spend…

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South Island New Zealand Trip Video

South Island New Zealand Trip Video

Thank you, Brian, for making this video of our trip. Such a great way to re-live everything two months later! And wow New Zealand –…

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New Years Eve 2012 - Cockatoo Island

New Years Eve 2012 – Cockatoo Island

We were lucky enough to ring in 2013 at a fabulous location – Cockatoo Island. A quick ferry ride from Circular Quay – we had…

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10 Days in New Zealand's South Island

10 Days in New Zealand’s South Island

We spent December 1 – December 11 traveling through the beautiful South Island of New Zealand – a trip I would recommend to anyone. Thanks…

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Second Annual Thanksgiving Down Under

Second Annual Thanksgiving Down Under

I didn’t think it could much better than last year’s Thanksgiving celebration, but it can…and it was. I think it’s safe to say that everyone…

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Camping & Canoeing in Kangaroo Valley - McKay's Birthday Trip!

Camping & Canoeing in Kangaroo Valley – McKay’s Birthday Trip!

This past weekend was one of my favourite weekends since we moved to Australia. We celebrated McKay’s birthday with an amazing group of friends in…

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Sculpture By The Sea 2012

Sculpture By The Sea 2012

This Friday we finally headed over to Bondi to check out Sculpture by The Sea – an annual art exhibit which is exactly as it…

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Things We Miss

Things We Miss

We absolutely love living in Australia, but after over a year and a half here, there are a few (mostly ridiculous) items that we do…

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First Visit Back to the States Since We Moved to Sydney!

First Visit Back to the States Since We Moved to Sydney!

This post is massively delayed, but nearly one and half years since we moved to Sydney we finally had a chance to visit our friends…

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Top Things to Do with Guests in Sydney

Top Things to Do with Guests in Sydney

We’ve been lucky enough to host several friends and family since we moved to Sydney and we’re looking forward to many more visitors to come!…

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Australian-isms

Australian-isms

Sadly, we haven’t picked up the Aussie accent…But we have started to pick up  some words, phrases, pronunciations, and spellings from our time here so…

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Easter Weekend in Mollymook

Easter Weekend in Mollymook

We spent the long Easter holiday weekend in Mollymook, an adorable beach front town on the South coast of New South Wales. It’s about a three…

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Reflecting on 2011

Reflecting on 2011

_It’s hard to believe that we have been living in Sydney for a full calendar year.  The year flew by, but it’s because we were…

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Thanksgiving Down Under

Thanksgiving Down Under

While we miss our families back in the states A LOT, we were so thankful to be able to spend Thanksgiving with an amazing group…

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McKay's surprise birthday @ The Local

McKay’s surprise birthday @ The Local

Esther and our friends completely surprised me with a secret birthday party at Surry Hills’ best beer bar, The Local.   My Angry Birds cake…

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House on Hawkesbury River

House on Hawkesbury River

A few weeks ago we celebrated the lovely Sara’s birthday with a long weekend at the Hawkesbury River. Just an hour and half North of…

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We Went Sailing!

We Went Sailing!

…and it was awesome! Thank you Sara, Ryan and Joe for arranging. We rented the boat from East Sail leaving from Rushcutters Bay and they were…

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Part Three of Three: Once You Get Here

Part Three of Three: Once You Get Here

You’ve figured out where you are going to live and how you are moving all of your things – what next?! Part Three in the…

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Deus' First Birthday Celebration!

Deus’ First Birthday Celebration!

My nephew, Deus, turned one this past weekend so we were in Melbourne for the celebration! Not surprisingly…my brother and sister-in-law threw the best party…

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We Were In Design Quarterly!

We Were In Design Quarterly!

We’re totally famous. Not really, but we did get to go to the launch party for Great Dane’s Contract Division in Sydney a while back…

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Part Two of Three: The Actual Move

Part Two of Three: The Actual Move

Once you’ve decided to make the move to Australia – get to executing! Part Two in the three part post on moving to Australia. See…

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Part One of Three: Planning for The Move

Part One of Three: Planning for The Move

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in Sydney for six months (and 20 days, but who’s counting?!). It seems like time has really…

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AUD > USD

AUD > USD

…and I’m not just talking about the exchange rate right now. Australian currency is just much more practical, if only for the lack of pennies…

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Anton and Great Dane In Sydney Magazine!

Anton and Great Dane In Sydney Magazine!

Yup, that’s my brother looking fabulous in this week’s issue of The Sydney Magazine! He was featured in the Home issue at his shop Great…

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An amazing Australian game Americans have no clue about: Aussie Rules Football

An amazing Australian game Americans have no clue about: Aussie Rules Football

I had caught Aussie Rules Football (aka, the AFL) on TV a few times in the States. It’s one of those matches that are on…

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Let's Go Sydney Swans!

Let’s Go Sydney Swans!

Our terrible weather luck at footy games continues – we finally made it to a Sydney Swans game this Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground!…

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Sushi Making Party!

Sushi Making Party!

This weekend our friends, Ryan and Sara, hosted a sushi making party! The idea came about after they visited the famed Sydney Fish Market. I’ve…

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Ice Skating at Bondi Beach!

Ice Skating at Bondi Beach!

It was a little cheesy, but let’s be honest…we could not NOT go ice skating on the beach. From June 30 – July 17, the…

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Weekend In Melbourne Episode Two - Footy, Meat Pies & Adorable Kidlets...

Weekend In Melbourne Episode Two – Footy, Meat Pies & Adorable Kidlets…

We were back in Melbourne last weekend and despite the bone chilling cold weather (typical year-round weather in SF, freezing to us Sydney-siders), we had…

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State of Origin Rubgy

State of Origin Rubgy

I was very excited to attend my first big sporting event in Australia this month, the hotly anticipated State of Origin. The premise of these…

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Aussie Fact: Twist-off Does Not Equal Cheap

Aussie Fact: Twist-off Does Not Equal Cheap

Most bottles of wine here – the best quality as well as the cheap – usually have a twist off cap, not a cork.  In…

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Australia's promise: The next Golden State?

Australia’s promise: The next Golden State?

Great article from The Economist comparing Australia’s great potential to California’s. I’ve cut & pasted their article below: Imagine a country of about 25m people,…

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Tipping Not Neccesary

Tipping Not Neccesary

Just another FYI for you future expats or those of you coming out here for a visit – Sydney is EXPENSIVE. It’s crazy how quickly…

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Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

A very cool light show on the Sydney Opera House.  What’s fun is you can order a cocktail from Opera Bar and sit out on…

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Something I love about Sydney: Work emails happen during work

Something I love about Sydney: Work emails happen during work

I’ve noticed that slowly but surely the impulse to be constantly checking work emails 24/7 has gone away.  Why?  Because sending work emails at obscene…

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Aussie Adventure

Aussie Adventure

Just wanted to share an illustration by an amazing artist and one of my favorite lady-friends I’ve met since we moved here – Chrissy Lau…

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Aussie Fact #1: BYO Fridge

Aussie Fact #1: BYO Fridge

When you rent a place here in Australia, they very rarely come equipped with a refrigerator.  Tip: You have two options – either buy or rent…

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Weekend in Melbourne

Weekend in Melbourne

We had such a nice time this past weekend visiting Melbourne – a quick and easy hour and a half flight from Sydney. Though I…

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Feeling Peckish?

Feeling Peckish?

We haven’t had one bad meal since we got to Sydney…seriously. Food here is just ridiculous. So of course – we have to document it. …

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Surry Hills: Weeks 2, 3, 4, and 5

Surry Hills: Weeks 2, 3, 4, and 5

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been here a month. It’s been a whirl wind of mostly boring domestic chores that I’m rather ashamed…

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Tamarama otherwise known as Glamarama

Tamarama otherwise known as Glamarama

Just a quick update since we still barely have internet at our place…a post also for another time!We finally made it to the beach on…

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Sydney: Week One

Sydney: Week One

I’d really hoped our first post from Sydney would be loaded with photos of us on the beach, enjoying the sun – me with a…

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Before We Get Started...

Before We Get Started…

I meant to write this post before we left San Francisco, but better late than never. We arrived in Sydney yesterday and will be writing…

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A Short List..

A Short List..

..of things (mostly food related of course) that I’m really going to miss when we leave San Francisco. Enjoy! And leave your favorite SF things…

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Finding movers

Finding movers

Finding the right moving company has been the most stressful part of the move.  Parting ways with our belongings as they’re shipped across the Pacific…

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Bitter Sweet Drunken Good Times

Bitter Sweet Drunken Good Times

The infamous Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Holiday Party took place last night. It was my first one, McKay’s third one, and sadly both of our…

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Getting the 457 work visa

Getting the 457 work visa

My new company will be sponsoring me for a 457 work visa.  That means I get to work in the country up to 4 years. …

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How to Sell Your Car. Whoa...This is Happening!

How to Sell Your Car. Whoa…This is Happening!

I’ve had my car since I turned 16. SIXTEEN?! Yes, 16. It’s my baby. Dependable. Trustworthy. Quirky but lovable. You get it. Anyways…one of the BIG…

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How the heck did I find a job in Sydney?

How the heck did I find a job in Sydney?

It all happened really fast.First, a trusted friend put me into contact with a recruiter based in Sydney.  I’ve worked with recruiters in the past…

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Pop That Bubbly!

Pop That Bubbly!

…cause it’s been decided. WE’RE MOVING TO SYDNEY! McKay returned from Sydney yesterday – job offer accepted, potential start date nailed down. CRAZY.We both broke…

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