In the cactus garden at the Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, CA.

I’m an English Australian currently living the expat life in Pasadena, California. My main passion in life is “being somewhere different”. I’ve lived outside of the UK for more than half my life and I’ve travelled to over 30 countries. Nothing gives me more joy than experiencing something new and different, taking some photos of it, and then writing about it!

Work-wise I’m in the enviable position of being able to work in the field of my other passions: astronomy and communications. If you really want to know about this part of me, check out my page on science communication.

The other thing I like to do is run, and in 2012 I went from barely being able to run for one minute to being able to comfortably run for two hours. Check out my race history on my running page.

This blog started as a way to pass the time when we first moved to the US and I was out of work. It has now evolved into a travel and expat blog. I hope you enjoy it – and if you don’t, let me know! Please email me at amanda.kocz[at]gmail.com or leave a comment and let me know what you think!


13 thoughts on “About

  1. Your blog is great! Makes me miss home a bit. My bf is from Manchester and he is bursting with excitement to move to America in the next couple years. How long are you planning on staying in the US?


  2. Great blog and thanks for the RMV info 🙂 did you just turn up to do the theory test? It doesn’t explain in full on the website 😦


    1. Thanks! So we made a general RMV appointment via the website, but I don’t think you have to. When you get to the RMV there are two lines at reception before you can get anywhere – one was for people with appointments, and one without. The first line is a lot shorter! Once you get your ticket at reception you wait to get the eye test. Then you take the theory test. We went on Black Friday morning – it was the quietest I have ever seen the RMV 🙂
      Hope that helps!


  3. Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for stepping by on our europe2australia blog, It seems like we have a lot in common, although we moved to Melbourne. It seems like your one year blog experiment as you described it has extended itself a bit, what have you learned?

    Keep blogging!


    1. Hi Willemijn, Thanks for your comment! Yes, this blog has definitely extended itself, and evolved quite a bit from my original plan. The main thing I’ve learned from the experiment is that it’s hard to make time to blog while working full time.
      I hope you’re enjoying Melbourne, and thanks for all the posts – I enjoy them!


  4. Hiya Amanda, thanks for dropping by my blog. It is always lovely to connect with new (for me) bloggers (who happen to love running – I do too). Looking forward to browsing through your posts. Cheers.


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