About Me

Full-Stack Developer | Traveler | Writer

Hi there. I’m Maria, a web developer, project manager, and entrepreneur, based in Shanghai China since 2014.

Some things I like:

  • Cold, long winters
  • Leg warmers
  • API Frameworks
  • Cherry Pie
  • Gosse Beer

Some things I don’t like:

  • Celery
  • Meaningless conversations
  • Early morning workouts
  • Scotch Whiskey
  • JavaScript libraries



A short selection of my writing around the internet:

Snacks Quarterly – To Fall in Love with Anyone, Eat Street Food (March 2014)


  1. Wow! I think I found somebody who my sister would’ve loved to meet πŸ™‚ We lived in Shanghai in 2011-2012, but my sister still lives there as a student. I think it’s a great place for young people πŸ™‚

    1. It is! I find that most of the expats in Shanghai are in their 20s. My wechat is marialty if she’d like to get in touch! πŸ™‚ (although I’m currently awful about getting back at the moment as I am in the process of getting a new phone)

  2. Hi Maria!
    Though I just discovered your blog, I’m already in love with it. You’ve been to so many different places already, there’s a lot to read through on here. This will keep my eyes busy for a while. πŸ™‚
    My travelling blog still needs to get off the starting blocks. In less than two weeks my Shanghai adventure is going to begin. I’m counting the days already. πŸ˜€

    PS: I think it’s great that you have a whole section about “Life in China”, this will be my reading material for today! πŸ˜‰

    Be well.
    – exploringeye

    1. Thank you so much for checking out my blog!! Living in China is so exciting and I’m really glad you get to experience it as well!

      Good luck on your shanghai adventure! I will absolutely be reading all that you’ll write about it πŸ™‚

      – Maria

  3. Do any of you expats know if a body is likely to run into a problem if you enter the US on a US passport and return to Ireland on an Irish passport? I know your name on tickets and passport have to be the same, but do they match up the passport you had on hand when you bought the tickets?

    1. I usually always buy my tickets back with the name on my US passport (it’s different on my Russian one) and sometimes the ticketing agents give me a hard time, but I’ve never had any issues actually getting on the flight! I flew to Vietnam on my Russian passport to avoid the visa fee and the only person who seemed to care was the China Southern ticketing agent haha

  4. Thanks, Maria. A friend of mine goes to the US on her US passport, then back to Ireland on her Irish passport without incidence. But her last trip was before life at the border became so ugly.
    We’re going over to see family in August. I’m hoping this will be our last trip.

Leave a Reply