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. It is largely an expat blog where I share and process the joys and challenges of moving across the world to a remote country I’d never even visited. I’ve been featured in Blog Expat, Expat Focus, Expats Blog, InterNations, and Expat Arrivals.
My goal is 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 get something out of this blog, that’s icing on the cake.
I typically post three times a week. 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.
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. Now I also blog to keep in touch with family and friends when we are a vast ocean apart.
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. 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.
I currently reside in Melbourne with my partner Theo, his son Tom, and Sam the dog. When I’m not working or playing in the metaverse, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, playing the djembe, birdwatching, photography, and exploring Melbourne.
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.
This blog was originally built on the free WordPress.com platform and used the premium theme Linen. In December 2013, I moved to WordPress 3.8 and my blog is now hosted on BlueHost. The theme is Morphis by Jan Intia. I’m still learning all its wonderful features and the world of PHP.
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 at the bottom of the entry.