Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my family, friends, and fellow expats.

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How to Spend Your First Christmas Down Under

The following is a guest post from True Blue Migration. Your first Christmas spent in Australia after a lifetime of cold, harsh winters can be a welcome change or an odd break from tradition which leaves you feeling a little strange. The feeling of the sun on your back in December as opposed to the harsh chill biting at your ears and nose is a pleasant but unfamiliar sensation. Still, despite the different weather, at…

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Expat Holiday Exchange #expatexchange14

Expat blogger Diane from Oui in France had the wonderful idea of organizing a holiday gift exchange among expats. The guidelines were simple. She’d collect the details of expats who wanted to participate and then exchange that information in a Secret Santa way. My gift arrived a couple of days ago and I was so pleasantly surprised. My gift comes all the way from Morocco courtesy of the lovely Amanda Mouttaki, the blogger behind MarocMama, which is…

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Awesome Gifts for Bloggers

Christmas is around the corner. You know what that means – shopping! Here are some awesome gifts for the bloggers in your life or maybe just your perfect gift to yourself. They range widely in prices so there’s something for everyone. 1. A computer This is a generous gift, but it is the blogger’s single most important piece of equipment. It’s also a very personal gift so if you buy one for the blogger in your life,…

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Christmas in Melbourne

It’s summer so you know what that means – Christmas! The Melbourne CBD is alive with the scorching sun and the bright sights and sounds of Christmas. It felt strange celebrating Christmas during the summer in my first year in Melbourne. Being from Miami, I never experienced a white Christmas, but the vibe was different. Even though it’s mild, winter in Miami does feels different from summer and all the traditional winter solstice events and festivals of…

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Myer Christmas Windows: Gingerbread Friends

Last week, Myer Melbourne unveiled its 58th Myer Christmas Animated Windows. I wasn’t there for the noon unveiling at the Bourke Street Mall, which featured the Salvation Army Australia Songsters, Aussie soprano and actress Mariona Prior, and, of course Santa Claus and his elves, but I happened to be in the city later that afternoon, and I walked down to have a look. This year’s theme is a tribute to the children’s book Gingerbread Friends by Jan…

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