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One Month, 3 Aus Spots. Making My Way Through Australia

It’s been six fab months since I moved to Sydney, Australia from New York City. That old adage “time flies when you’re having fun” is apparently quite true because it seems, in some ways, that I just got here.  So many things still feel shiny-and-new. At the top of my to-do list while living here is … Continue reading

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My Afro Hair in Sydney: A Cautionary Tale

When I picked up and moved to Sydney, Australia last fall, I had very few concerns. I’d only heard great things about this place. I’d met a handful of co-workers and knew I liked them and that we worked well together.  Plus, I love to travel and experience other cultures so this opportunity to live and work … Continue reading

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Not Sure About Traveling Alone? A Guest Post by Maureen Paraventi

I used to travel alone a lot when I was younger…then I stopped.  Not sure why. It’s not easy but does have its upside.  Maureen Paraventi guests posts on her thoughts about solo travel:   I have a writer’s “what if” mind.  That can be a wonderfully rich, imaginative and entertaining thing. It can also be … Continue reading

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My Good Friends…Old and New

Now that I’ve moved to the other side of the world, I am often asked about my social life. The short answer is “it’s a work in progress”.  As the old song goes, “make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other is gold”. And I’m reminded of this song often, as … Continue reading

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My New Life in Oz – One Month In

So, I gave up (temporarily) my New York City life for a new one in Sydney, Australia. My arrival in Sydney was safe, but not uneventful. Sometime after take-off, the entire plane was awakened to learn that we would be spending the night in Vancouver, Canada…not part of the plan, at all. It had something to … Continue reading

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T-Minus Two Months: Countdown to Oz

So now that my move to Australia is definitely happening and I have a signed contract and a (tentative) start date, it’s sinking in what this really means:  I have 1000 things I need to make happen before I leave. “It’s only slightly overwhelming” I say both confidently and sarcastically.   For the last two years, … Continue reading

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Me…Down Under

Saturday, June 20, 2015. 11:17a   Saturday morning. Sprawled on the couch. TV on in the background, reading the NYTimes the old-fashioned way (that is, not on my iPad). My apartment is a bit of a mess as I start-and-stop cleaning up, vacillating between putting stuff back in the closet and putting it in bags and … Continue reading

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She’s Done. Stop Bugging Her About Being Single: Guest Post

Below is a guest post from a very loyal reader of The Spinsterlicious Life. I think Dee is amazing: she’s mart, funny, and adventurous.  She’s also tired of people who try to make her feel bad about being single.  I’m happy to run her guest post: ********** Not long before the holidays last fall I went … Continue reading

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I Climbed a Mountain. I Really Did!

“What made me think I wanted to climb a mountain?”, I said to myself, out loud, in hour 3, Day 1 of the slow, extremely strenuous, even boring trudge toward the summit of Mount Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountain range of Morocco.   This was way more than I had signed up for. I was … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know Why I’m Not Married

A couple of years ago, right around the time the latest U.S. Census (and other studies) demonstrated the rise in single people, there began a similar growth in articles and blog posts arguing both sides of the issue: why being single is the new normal (and is ok) AND why being single is still a pathetic … Continue reading

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Sure, Call Me Ma’am

A few years ago, a nice young man offered me his seat on a crowded New York City subway. In his offer, however, he called me “ma’am.” I was confused for a moment. I looked around to make sure he was in fact talking to me. I was surrounded by a bunch of school kids. He … Continue reading

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It’s Complicated

“You are so smart not to have gotten married.” These are the words I heard from a dear long-time married-with-children friend. Her voice was strong and she sounded resolute; her husband had gotten on her very last nerve. She finished her comment with “and if you blog about it, you can use my real name. I … Continue reading

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Seeking New Heights…Literally

Seeking New Heights…Literally (This post is sponsored by Oxytrol and BlogHer)     I love to travel.  I want to go everywhere and I pretty much can because, as a single woman with no kids, my time and my money are my own and I get to spend both however I want.  So traveling is what … Continue reading

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Life…And Re-thinking A Few Things

One of the easy things about being fresh-and-young is that we don’t even know how much we don’t know. I –like so many young people—had lots of opinions on all kinds of things that had to be true simply because I thought them. Now that I’m young, primarily only in my head, I’ve managed to evolve … Continue reading

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