A big hello and welcome to my blog! Allow me first to introduce myself: You can call me Deb – I’m a happy-go-lucky gal from Australia who has somehow stumbled into life in a small Austrian town.

You could say I followed my heart here.

It’s been an adventurous, highly enjoyable and at times challenging transition from a single, suburban, Melbourne girl to a married, German-speaking Frau,

I update my blog weekly with a mish-mash of content, from day-to-day observations on life in a foreign country with a foreign language, to travel adventures and the occasional creative writing piece.

I hope you enjoy my practical-minded tips and hints, tongue-in-cheek musings on the Austria way of life and tales of transition, tantrums and travel.

I encourage you to step into the blue beyond.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Kernöl & Kaiserschmarrn February 6, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Hey Deb,
    I’ve been following your blog for a while and love it. I’m from Austria (might not even live tooo far away from you by the sounds of it) and have just come back from living in Australia for the last 4 years. Followed my heart there too at the time 🙂

    Hit me up if you feel like chatting about Australia or Austria or being away from family/friends. I know the struggle 😉

    • debbiekaye1980 February 7, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Hey thanks for the feedback! I just checked out your blog – looks awesome and when I get some time to struggle through some German reading I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures in Australia from an Austrian’s perspective. 🙂

  2. Natalie Tellier May 26, 2020 / 11:54 am

    Hi Deb,

    I just stumbled across your blog in my search of where in the world to find coriander in a small town in Austria. I am from South Africa and my husband and I moved here in the beginning of 2020 for work. We also ended up in smallish town and it has been an interesting change!

    I am really looking forward to reading through your blogs!


    • debbiekaye1980 May 26, 2020 / 6:18 pm

      Hi Natalie – it’s nice to know I’m not the only one on an endless search for ‘exotic’ things in small town Austria. Coriander is available in the bigger supermarkets, but not necessarily all year round. We have frozen and dried to get us by in the between times. I hope you enjoy Austria – moving to any new country is full of challenges but I hope you also get to love the charm and beauty of this country! If you’re tackling German for the first time my thoughts are with you! Deb

  3. Paddy Gout June 9, 2020 / 11:04 am

    Hey guys, as a fellow Aussie living in Austria I sometimes miss life back home! You’re blogs are very refreshing to read and a nice reminder that home isn’t as far away as it sometimes feels. Do you guys know of any Aussie/English speaking stores, whether it be me wanting to get a taste of home with food or just hearing native english speakers converse? Would love to hear back if you know of any places! 🙂
    keep up the good work!!


    • debbiekaye1980 June 11, 2020 / 3:10 pm

      Hi Pat – thanks for your comments – I’m glad you enjoy reading my blog. I’m afraid I don’t really know of any places in Austria where you can buy Aussie food or have a chat in English… I’m sure in most of the big cities there are, but being in a small town I rarely hear an English word spoken (apart from me and hubby). I get my bran sticks from Italy and other essentials from the UK… but now that we’re in the midst of Covid all my supplies are running out – I still have a stock of Tim Tams but no idea when I’ll be able to get another lot delivered by visitors from Oz! First world problems!

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