About the Blog
I started this blog in early 2016 as my family prepared to move to Mexico City for 2 months for my husband’s work. I knew our family and friends would be interested in keeping up with our adventures and hearing about our day-to-day life and I wanted to document our journey in one place rather than re-writing the same story over and over. During our short stay abroad, I aspired to write a weekly post chronicling our adventures of the previous week. Upon returning from Mexico City, a number of friends and family had questions about some of the logistics of our travel, and so I wrote a handful of how-to posts that were my first attempts at reaching a broader audience.
Part way through our stay in Mexico City, my husband’s work approached us with the prospect of another expat assignment – 2+ years in Sydney, Australia. As I detail in my post here, it wasn’t a difficult decision for us to accept. I immediately began researching everything I could about moving to and living in Sydney as an expat with a young child. I quickly found a number of very helpful websites that outline the major logistics of moving to Australia – visas, healthcare, housing, etc. However, I’ve had a much harder time finding real concrete information on what it is actually like to live in Sydney. My search has led me to a number of blogs of other expats, through which I’ve been able to glean various tidbits about day to day Sydney life, but I still crave more.
So, as we prepare for our departure to the Land Down Under, I’ve decided to expand this blog into more than just a place for family and friends to follow our adventures. I am hoping that by interweaving stories of our experiences with the practical information I’ve spent hours researching on the logistics of moving abroad and living as an expat in Sydney, that I can provide other expat families following in our footsteps with a valuable resource.
I was born and raised in a small beach town just north of San Diego. I met my husband in high school; we started dating my junior year and his senior year and have been together ever since (15 years now!). We went to college on separate coasts – Matt at UC Berkeley and I at the University of Miami – and logged quite a few frequent flyer miles during those long four years. Although I had traveled frequently growing up, college was the beginning of my experience with extended periods living abroad. My studies in marine policy and science brought me to the Turks & Caicos Islands for three months and Dominican Republic for six months, plus numerous other research trips to the Bahamas and Belize. Matt joined me in Miami as I continued on to get my Master’s Degree and when I graduated we set off on our longest trip to date – nine months backpacking through Southeast Asia and Europe.
After our travels, we returned home to San Diego and settled into “real life”. We got real jobs, got married, bought a house (although we rented it and kept living in our awesome apartment just blocks from the beach), got a dog and had a baby. Life has been great, but we’ve greatly missed the adventure of packing our lives into a couple of backpacks and taking off.
About Little Bear and Bee
In early 2013, we got our pup, Maebee (aka Bee). She is a Portuguese Water Dog and we consider her a full member of our family. She loves her friends and family fiercely and displays this with extreme outbursts of excitement upon every greeting.
In August 2014, our son Theodore (aka Little Bear) was born. At just over two years old, Theo is most definitely his father’s son. He is passionate, athletic, social and is extremely cranky when hungry. He deeply loves his pup and she is a tolerant and loyal big sister. Together, they are our “Little Bear and Bee”.