Living Abroad

2,258 words by 4 writers in Annandale, Hanoi & elsewhere

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Travel, Adventure, living abroad

Becoming Local. Learning to ride a motorcycle in Hanoi.

by Charlie Grosso

Hanoi — This is going to be easy. I mean, how hard could it be? Renting a motorbike while I’m tucked away in Hanoi for a self imposed writer’s residency seems like a sensible thing. I’m a good walker. I can walk pretty far, but how far do I really want to walk in 35ºC heat? I waltz into the motorbike shop to pick up the rental. She is pretty. 125cc fully automatic transmission, pale pearl with a sheen and...

china, Mongolia, living abroad

On the border between Mongolia and China, I waited, staring at the Gobi & the cigarette cartons under my arm.

by Aaron Mackey

Xilinguole meng — I am here because I am an illegal employee in the People’s Republic of China.The idea was to work on the tourist visa while my employer sorted out the paper work for my legal work visa. In the meantim...

living abroad, Travel, Food

How do you buy SALT?!

by Charlie Grosso

Hanoi — I open and close the cupboards in this L-shape studio in Hanoi (home for the next two months) and mentally take notes on the basics missing. I don’t need much but judging by the emptiness, this furnis...

Travel, living abroad, Family

The first time I missed Sydney

by Luke Murphy-Wearmouth

Annandale — One of the advantages of living 10,000 miles from home is that you get to revisit your home city every so often, and each time it’s through different eyes. When I left Sydney in 2009, it was with eage...

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