An Itinerary for the Interesting Isle of Man

Located halfway between the Island of Great Britain and Ireland lies a small island known as the Isle of Man (sometimes spelled Mann). And while it’s technically a British Crown Dependency, it governs itself and was never a part of any of the Kingdoms of Great Britain. The Manx are a fiercely proud people and…

Blogette #12: Athens’ Changing of the Guard

You’ve no doubt heard of the the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. But have you heard of the Changing of the Guard in Athens? I hadn’t, until Tim, after being dropped by taxi near the presidential palace, stumbled upon their hourly change. When we told our Greek friend about this sight, she let…

Llandudno, the Queen of the Welsh Water Places

“Taking the waters” has long been a popular activity for those living on the Isle of Great Britain. In fact bathing in special springs has been said to have healing benefits even before the Romans arrived on the island. By Queen Victoria’s reign, however, doctors began to suggest that inhabitants of the island venture to…

5 Ways to Learn Something New in Cambridge

I love learning new things, especially about history, but also about languages, art, architecture, flowers, cities and everything in between. I’ve spent a lot of time in Cambridge in the last couple of weeks and I’ve discovered some new (and rediscovered some previously experienced) ways to learn something new while in the city. I hadn’t…

Blogette #11: A Return to the Theater

It had been 476 days since I last set foot in a West End Theater. And now I know a lot of you are thinking, “and?I’ve been to the theaters once ever in my life.” Or maybe some of you are thinking good, I hate the theater. And honestly, to each his own. but I…

Underneath London: The Postal Museum’s Tunnel Walk

It wasn’t that long ago that in order to tell your best friend the latest gossip, or hear from your love, you had to write it out on paper, seal it up, put a stamp on it and send it through the post. While you would never send a letter instead of an email or…

Home: Musings from a Desert Girl

Recently, I was fortunate enough to meet with the amazing tattoo artist Hettie Baker in London. When I decided what I wanted her to design, I decided I wanted California poppies mixed with some creosote flowers. To be honest, the creosote bush is kind of ugly as a whole, but looked at closely, it’s tiny…

Tim Speaks: his reflections on expat life after three years

Three years ago today we got on a plane and changed our lives. With six suitcases in tow, Tim and I headed for a country we’d never seen to start our first expat adventure together. Reading this blog you always get my views, thoughts and opinions on expat life and the traveling we do. What…

Seven Things I Didn’t Experience Until I Moved to England

The weeks are flying past (or crawling… depending on the day) and we are rapidly approaching the third anniversary of our expat status. As I reflect on this I’ve started thinking about all the new experiences I’ve had while living in England. Of course there are plenty of exciting things to share like traveling, driving…

My Top Five European Churches

One of my favorite things about traveling to different countries is viewing their culture through architecture. And there is nothing quite like the architecture built by religious organizations, especially centuries ago when the church was an even more influential and integral part of society. Often churches were the tallest and most intricate buildings in the…