Steph Smith

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Steph Smith

Where is home in Australia?

Where is home overseas?

What's your current postcode?

Can you describe your adopted hometown in three words?
Innovative, engaging, thought-provoking

If I had 24 hours in your city, what are the absolute must-dos?
- Start the day at one of Shanghai's many public parks, observing the locals as they undertake their morning activities (you'll see tai chi, group dance classes, and instrumentalists). Get a birds eye view of Shanghai from one of the four towers in Pudong. Enjoy brunch with a view at M on the Bund. Have a look around Yu Gardens in Shanghai Old Town. Visit the Propaganda Poster Museum in the Former French Concession. Enjoy dinner at a Chinese restaurant - favourites for tourists include Lost Heaven and Sichuan Citizen (English menus). Finish the night off back on the Bund at one of several bars with terraces to take in the view (I recommend Pop or Hotel Indigo's Char Bar).

What's the best piece of advice you have for someone moving overseas?
Make the most of your time overseas by travelling extensively, making new connections, and immersing yourself in the new culture. 

What do you miss most about Australia?
Drinkable tap water, closely followed by the beaches, closely followed by cadbury chocolate! 

What’s a piece of gold from your new city that you will take home with you? (a lesson, a way of living/being etc) 
I am taking home many lessons and learnings - the first and foremost being patience. 

Where to next Steph? For the forseeable future I wouldn't want to live anywhere else! Shanghai is the best city in the world.