About me

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I’m Carlie – an Australian living and remote working from Strasbourg, France, after spending the last three years in London. I used to be a broadcast journalist and I still get behind the mic regularly doing freelance voiceover including hosting the Expat Focus podcast series.

I started this blog when I first left Australia, expecting to fill it with posts about travel and training BJJ around Europe.. but then I met this guy and Strasbourg became my most frequent travel destination! Now, I’m enjoying life in France and I still travel regularly – taking my gi with me when I do.

Find my multiple personalities on LinkedIn,  Google+ Twitter and Instagram.



Artwork by the very awesome Stevie Rodger.

All opinions on this blog are my own, and all links are editorially given. Unless stated, anything I happen to rave about – or diss – is purchased/experienced by me.

8 Responses to “About me”

  1. Blast from the past October 27, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    I have no idea how I stumbled across this. I always seem to get lost on the net. A few clicks here, a few clicks there and God knows where the hell I am. I saw your face and was like “Holy shit, I know her from somewhere!” Well, I figured it out. You and I had what I recall a ‘love/hate’ kind of relationship back in school lol. Haven’t seen a familiar face for bloody years. It’s good to see someone from those days doing their thing. Seems like you’re having the time of your life. It’s awesome 🙂

    Oh well anyway I just thought seen I stumbled in, it would be rude to not say hello before I left. Take it easy yeah 🙂

    • gypsy girl October 27, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      Thanks – but don’t be anonymous! I’m sure whatever ‘hate’ I had for you in high school has dissipated after 10 years. =)

      • Blast from the past October 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

        Hahaha oh I don’t know Carlie but I guess we’ll find out 😛
        Renee L. and of course you’re welcome 🙂

  2. gypsy girl October 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Haha I thought it was you! Great to hear from you Renee =)

    • Blast from the past October 27, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

      Really? Lol what gave me away? Was it the love/hate thing?

      How have you been? It’s been a hell of a long time. 10 years already. The time just seems to fly by. It’s rather scary.

  3. Al Bouser October 15, 2015 at 2:10 am #


    I’m the webmaster for mmafury.com. We would like to add your link to our page for website friends.

    Would you be willing to add our link to your website as well?

    Our website provides MMA news, photos, Gifs, and videos and more.


  4. Diane Oui In France February 13, 2017 at 7:49 am #

    Happy to have found your blog, Carlie!! I have to get to Strasbourg one of these days. So jealous you get snow 😉

    • gypsy girl February 13, 2017 at 8:37 am #

      Thanks Diane! Likewise 🙂 I’m terrible at updating regularly, a NY resolution to post more that I have already failed at.. haha!

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