This blog is a chronicle of the adventures of a twenty-something in the 21st century.

The author is originally from the US, but has made a lifestyle out of living on a different continent each year. Her homes now include:

  • Ferrara, Italia
  • Puerto Natales, Chile
  • Suwon, South Korea
  • London, England
  • Shanghai, China
  • Úlfljótsvatn, Iceland
  • Busan, South Korea

Reverse Retrograde focuses on travel, TEFL, photography, and style. It’s a self-portrait in progress, a step toward the future in the form of the mundane.

Coleen’s Favourite posts of all time: 

Another World: Into Iceland’s Glacial Caves

One Sunday Morning I Woke Up Speaking French

I’m Breaking Up With You, Occupy

Sit Down At the Table With Yourself

A Moveable Inferno

If you like what your read and want more you can check out Coleen’s writings for MatadorNetwork.com.

Follow on Twitter @ColeenMonroe.

If you want to hire me for freelance writing, photography, or setting up a Beer School session, contact me directly!


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  1. Hi!

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  2. Hey There,

    Thank you for the insightful post about finding an apartment in Shanghai. Would you kindly share your agent’s contact details please?

    Jade Griffin

  3. Hi Coleen,

    I just read your post about the great tips of looking for an apartment in Shanghai, I will be traveling there for work for two months and would to have a good agent’s contact. I have tried looking in all the websites and found nothing decent, and apart hotels are way overpriced. Please let me know if you can send me his or her info, thanks!



    • My agent generally works with people for long-term contracts. Have you tried SmartShanghai and AirBnB?

      • hi Coleen, thanks for getting back to me I just noticed the msg in the inbox. It seems difficult to find an agent for short-term lease. I tried airbnb but haven’t found many good options, and prices are really inflated. Not sure about Smartshanghai it looks a bit risky, do you have any other recommendations?

      • Your best bet might be putting something up on Reddit’s r/shanghai. The community there might be better able to help you out. Shanghai is a very expensive city, though…the prices might just be what you get. :/ Good luck!

      • I think I have a good budget of USD 2500-3000 a month for a nice 1-2 bedroom apartment in a good neighbourhood in Shanghai. I asked some expat friends around and they rent a large 3-bedroom apartment for USD1200 monthly.

        I will try look at Reddit see if can find a good place! Thanks

      • Yeah, if you have that budget there should be no problem finding somewhere!

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