Expat Life

Christmas in Melbourne

It’s summer so you know what that means – Christmas! The Melbourne CBD is alive with the scorching sun and the colourful sights and sounds of Yuletide. It feels strange to celebrate Christmas in the summer. It’s not just the warm temperature. I’m from Miami and winters there are mild, but it’s still winter. December 25 was selected to… Read More Christmas in Melbourne


Dear Australia, it’s okay to celebrate Halloween

It’s my third Halloween in Australia. It’s not a popular holiday here, but it’s growing in popularity. According to the Australian social research company McCrindle: Those in Generation Y (aged 18-31) were far more likely to have celebrated Halloween in the past than Generation X (aged 32-46) and the Baby Boomers (aged 46-65). When asked whether… Read More Dear Australia, it’s okay to celebrate Halloween


Halloween & Day of the Dead prep party

It’s my third Halloween in Australia! It’s not a very popular holiday here, but I’m fortunate to have some people in my life who love Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Back in 2012, Theo and I hosted a pumpkin carving dinner party at our house and since then we’ve been gathering with my… Read More Halloween & Day of the Dead prep party


Happy Labour Day, Australia!

Today is Labour Day in Australia, the day in which Aussies commemorate the achievements of the Australian labour movement. Once upon a time, workers to Australia came from England under penal transportation. Under the Master and Servant Act, workers worked long hours, 10 to 12 hours a day, sometimes more, six days a week. As… Read More Happy Labour Day, Australia!

See & Do

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. I walked… Read More Myer Christmas windows: Gingerbread Friends



In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Holiday traditions are traced to a poorly documented 1621 celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Tradition, not necessarily history, tells us that the pilgrims and Native Americans sat down to a rich harvest feast. It had been a harsh and difficult winter and the… Read More Thanksgiving


Halloween pumpkin carving

My sister-out-law and her family visited the US during the Halloween season and fell in love with it. Halloween is not big in Australia, but I love the holiday and I can’t let it pass me by without some celebration. We invited the family over for an afternoon of Halloween pumpkin carving followed by dinner. Field… Read More Halloween pumpkin carving



Halloween is my favourite holiday and I miss it. Although it’s slowly catching on, Australia doesn’t celebrate it on the grand scale Americans do. Halloween, a contraction for All Hallow’s Evening, is a holiday observed on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian festival of All Hallows. Also known as All Saints Day, it’s… Read More Halloween