Life

My 2018 highlights.

Okay so I know we’re more than a week into the New Year but I let it go by without really taking a moment to be proud of myself for my little accomplishments within the inconsequential social construct of the calendar year, so here you go. I know everyone hates these self-congratulatory posts, but as […]

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Berlin, Life, Travel

Summer 2018 in Berlin.

What’s summer like in Berlin? Well, there’s a lot of sunshine. A lot of afternoons spent spread out on picnic blankets, grazing on hummus and carrots and drinking beer. A lot of visits to the many lakes around the city, to escape the heat. A lot of cycling to meet friends, to watch sunsets from […]

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Berlin, Life

How to celebrate International Women’s Day in Berlin.

Update: read the 2019 version of this post. March 8 is International Women’s Day, or Frauen*kampftag in Germany, which, for the unacquainted (welcome out from under your rock), is a day to commemorate the fight for women’s rights, and to celebrate how far we’ve come. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress, in response to recent movements […]

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Life

Celebrating No Filter Zine’s first birthday.

On Thursday night at Das Gift in Neukölln, Berlin, a bunch of creatives came together to celebrate the first birthday of No Filter Zine, an indie creative nonfiction zine launched in Berlin by Alice Austin. To mark the anniversary of the launch, four writers read not-yet-published pieces, in keeping with the No Filter theme of […]

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Life

Making friends in a new city.

Real talk. This post was borne kinda desperately out of my recent break up and the realisation that I don’t actually have that many friends that aren’t also directly linked to my ex-boyfriend. Yeah, lame. Even though I moved to Berlin 10 months ago, I was in a relationship and spent a lot of that time with […]

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Berlin, Life

Looking back at 2017.

Well, that’s it then. 2017 is done and dusted, as of today. In fact, in Australia (and, okay, New Zealand first) it’s already well into the new year. Here in Berlin, the fresh new start we’ve all been waiting for is a matter of hours away. And I think it’s important to take stock of […]

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Books & Writing, Life

A weirdly awkward dating story.

If you like following my somewhat ridiculous dating antics around London, you’ll enjoy my latest piece for No Filter Zine, about a weirdly awkward date. Check it out at No Filter Zine. Chuck No Filter a like on Facebook to get updates.  

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Life, Travel

10 surprising differences between Australia and London.

Any Aussie moving to London would expect to find a few differences between the golden sandy beaches of Aus and the rainy grey city of London, but it’s not just the weather that’s the difference between living in Australia and living in England. We speak the same language, but there are heaps of cultural differences […]

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Life, Travel

How solo travel helped me overcome social anxiety.

I’ve travelled by myself around Europe, moved from Australia to London to Berlin, met amazing people travelling, and gained loads of confidence in the last few years that I’ve been living in Europe. But I haven’t always been the kind of person that can walk into a bar, introduce myself, and start chatting straight away. […]

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Life

Tips for finding a flat in London.

The London rental game is a competitive minefield, but if you dedicate some time, you’ll be able to find a flat (especially as an Aussie or a Kiwi). If you’re just moving to London as a single person, your best option is finding a room in an existing flatshare. London flatshares typically come furnished, and […]

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