Tag Archives: Expat Life

The Blogs I Follow

One of the wonderful things about the world of blogging is the connections you can make with people whose lives may be very different from your own. If you’re a (somewhat) regular reader of this blog, you’ll have noticed some … Continue reading

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The First Three Days

It’s been an extraordinary three days on the American political scene. I didn’t set out to write a “political” blog but it’s impossible to be a citizen of the USA right now and NOT have something to say about this … Continue reading

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The SAT

One of the many challenges of raising a family in another country is getting used to an educational system that’s totally different from the one you grew up with. For me, pre-university testing was all about the subject-based A-level exams; … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Day

Tomorrow, January 16, is Martin Luther King day here in the States, honoring the memory of the civil rights leader. This federal holiday has been observed since 1986 and is always on the third Monday in January (close to King’s … Continue reading

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First Snow of the Year

We had our first snow of the year overnight — a two inch covering that was just enough to make everything look lovely but not enough to seriously inconvenience. This rather annoyed my high schooler, who was hoping for a … Continue reading

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Offbeat A-Z List of US:UK Differences

To kick off the New Year, here’s a slightly offbeat A-Z list of some of the less-known differences about life in the USA for an expat Brit: Appliances: Huge. Especially fridges and washing machines. Our “standard” size fridge is about … Continue reading

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Afters, Biccies, and Sweets, Oh My!

With Thanksgiving out of the way we’re now firmly into “Holiday Season” here in the States — which means indulgence. Also “buying stuff,” but let’s focus on the food for now. Afters (Desserts) To start with, there’s no such thing … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

I noticed on the kitchen calendar this morning that tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day here in the States. This isn’t a federal holiday — nothing closes — but there will be stories aplenty in the media about the Japanese … Continue reading

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Weather Reminds Us That America is … Big

It’s easy to forget, sometimes, just what a big country the USA is. For a Brit, one of the best ways to grasp this size is to take a look at the weather. This is today’s national forecast map from … Continue reading

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Driving in America

You can’t write about living in America without talking about cars — particularly if you live in the ‘burbs. To say this is a “car-oriented culture” is an understatement; suburban shops and entertainment places are built around parking lots (car … Continue reading

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