Where is home in Australia?
Where is home overseas?
What's your current postcode?
Can you describe your adopted hometown in three words?
Ambitious, passionate, diverse
If I had 24 hours in your city, what are the absolute must-dos?
The National Mall at Sunset or Sunrise, biking through the monuments from Lincoln to Jefferson, dinner at Le Diplomate (make your reservations the week before!), and bar hopping along U Street or Adams Morgan.
What's the best piece of advice you have for someone moving overseas?
Ask locals for advice! Whether it’s tax, health insurance, or where to find the best coffee, people are always willing to lend a hand for a newcomer.
What do you miss most about Australia?
Sydney’s beaches and harbour! It’s tough leaving Bondi and Manly beach for landlocked Washington, D.C. Australia’s food culture is also unmatched - some of my favourite memories of home relate to grabbing a flat white with friends or dinner by my alma mater, the University of Sydney. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Australians’ laid back attitude and irreverence. The cliche holds water; we work to live, rather than live to work.
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)
In Washington, the first question people ask is “what do you do?”. Unlike back home, networking isn’t a dirty word. Here, it’s a way of life, and not only for professional reasons. People reflexively connect each other to likeminded folk. It’s helped me find new friends, more than one job, and a sense of home away from Australia.
Where to next Jesse? California or New York is on the cards. Both have awesome drawcards. Time will tell!