My name is Cosette and I’m the blogger behind Stumble Down Under. This is my personal blog focused on my life as a Cuban-American living in Melbourne, Australia.

Stumble Down Under began as an expat blog where I shared and processed the joys and challenges of moving across the world to a remote country I’d never even visited. My goal was to give an honest account of  my experience travelling and living abroad, particularly in Melbourne, Australia, and to create content that is engaging and helpful to travellers and other expats. If locals got something out of this blog, that was the icing on the cake. I’ve done pretty well on that and have been featured in Blog ExpatExpat FocusExpats BlogInterNations, and Expat Arrivals.

I’ve been in Australia for a few years now. The expat experience has become a kind of nostalgia for a country that has moved on without me. I carry inside me the Miami that was a few years ago, not the Miami that is today. I’ll always be an expat, but I am moved to write about more than that. And so this blog takes on other subjects that are of interest to me such as online communities and networks, photography, and other topics that I filter through a number of lenses: expat, feminist, minority, immigrant, and so forth.

You can keep up with my latest entries by following via RSS or subscribing via email (sign up just over in the right sidebar).

My Top Posts

If you are new to my blog and thinking about travelling or moving to Australia, you might want to start here with this collection of top posts and other popular entries that serve as resources. You’ll find general travel tips, things to see and do, culture and lifestyle tips, and more.

My Bio

I started blogging casually many years ago in the AOL Journals community. I began blogging because I enjoy exploring new technologies and communities. I blogged to share, discover, and process.

I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1977, immigrated with my family to the United States on the Mariel boatlift in 1980, and grew up in Miami. I currently reside in Melbourne with my partner Theo, his son Tom, and Sam the dog.

My education is in English, Women’s Studies, and Religious Studies. I’m passionate about culture, spirituality, and social justice. I’m also a big lover of social media, online communities, and virtual worlds. In fact, I’m a Community and Social Media Manager. To find out more about my work, please visit this page. When I’m not working or playing on the webz, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, learning how to play the djembe, birdwatching, photography, and exploring Melbourne.

Disclosure Policy

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog accepts forms of advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content. I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.


Stumble Down Under is available for sponsored blog posts, product reviews, ad space, and affiliate links. For more information or to request a media kit, please contact me.

Connect With Me

I love hearing from people so if you’ve got a comment, question, or a tip on where to go, who to read, and what not to miss, contact me. I love comments so feel free to leave them; you can review my comment policy here.

If you’re interested in exchanging links, guest blogging, or advertising, please contact me as well.

You can also find me on Twitter, where I tweet mostly about community management, social media, and current news. Facebook is largely reserved for family and friends, but if you really want to see pictures of my dog, you’re welcome to follow me there.


This blog is powered by WordPress and is hosted on BlueHost. The theme is Nirvana by Cryout Creations.

My original content in this blog, including photos, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License, which means you are free to share and adapt it as long as it is not for commercial purposes and you attribute the work back to me. Other content that is not by me is used with permission and is credited.


  1. fallingdownunder

    Happy to have found you! Enjoying the insight – and look forward to reading additonal posts!

  2. I, too, am passionate about culture, spirituality and social justice. I am very fortunate to work in a profession that enables me to immerse myself in all these things. Thrilled to have found your blog. I live in Melbourne also and find it very interesting to read ex pat blogs that reveal more about a city/place/country than locals ever seem to notice.

  3. Hi!
    I’ve nominated you for versatile blogger award if you are interested 🙂 head over to this link

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