Au Pairing Category

Staying in Syd


I was hoping to wait until my Visa information was more solidified to announce this, but due to some extenuating circumstances- its coming out now. So here it is: I’m staying. I’m staying in Sydney, in the city that’s stolen my heart, my soul, and a small portion of my tastebuds. About a month ago […]

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Golden Birthday


//Golden// def; lustrous, shining : of a high degree of excellence : superb : prosperous, flourishing : radiantly youthful and vigorous : having talents that promise great success Birthdays are one of my favorite thing to celebrate. This year was a golden one for each of my roommates; Kay turned 22 January 22, then Lauren […]

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An Ode to Em

Em & Katie

I met Emily Riches because I had no other friends. That’s a fact. I had just moved to a new part of the city, a lot of my friends had gone home, and anyone who was left was too far or just couldn’t be bothered to see me anymore. Emily had lots of friends, both permanent […]

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Halfway Point

6 months, halfway there. It seems like its gone by in two seconds flat. Two of the most jam-packed, emotionally exhausting, sun kissed, insane seconds of my life. While here, I’ve met friends I’ll never forget, men I’d like to, and beaches that remind me over and over again that I’m not in Kansas anymore. […]

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My Prepaid Phone’s Identity Crisis

Whilst over here in Oz, I have been using a prepaid phone in order to text and call local numbers without astronomical prices. “But Katie!” you may ask, “Why don’t you just put your Australian SIM card in your iPhone?” Excellent question, people who know everything about the cellphone policies of this hemisphere, but unfortunately […]

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Christmas in Oz


This Christmas was so different that anything I could have imagined. Although I was hoping for an extremely tropical day, we got a very comfortable- although slightly rainy- day full of fun, friends, and family. I spent it with Karlisle’s host family: the Dunlops. Jen (Her host mom) is the oldest of six siblings, so […]

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Top Thai and Good Thai- Yes those are both actual names of Restaurants

I had some seriously kick-ass Thai food this week! Hope everyone’s having a great Holiday Season at home. Here they call it “The Silly Season,” for reasons that are beyond me. Christmas is just around the corner and after it’s over I’ll be sure to update with lots of pictures and stories. For now I […]

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Cheesecake Factory

Fun Fact: Whenever I talk to Australians who have been to America, one of the most common praises of the states is their intense love for Cheesecake Factory. I have also heard someone who went on and on about Johnny Rockets. Like, I don’t get it.

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AuPairs Gone Wild: Cairns Edition

Trying so hard to get more frequent with the updates guys, I promise. So my friends Sarah, Karlisle and I went to Cairns, Queensland last weekend. We each played our part in making our little mini-vaca amazing. Sarah did all the research, found us a great deal on a hotel in the perfect location, Karlisle connected […]

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