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 Expat, Expat Focus, Expats Blog, InterNations, 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 prompted to write about more than that. And so this blog takes on other subjects that are of interest 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.
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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.
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, 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.
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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.