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…

Living with Anxiety in Quarantine

Hello from Lockdown 3.0. It does seem that we were just having lockdown 2.0 doesn’t it? Time sure does fly. (insert eye rolling face here). But alas, there’s nothing we can do when it’s mandated by the government that we stay home. But I do think that it’s my duty to share a little bit…

A message of hope for 2021

Dum spiro, spero. While I breath, I hope. These words caught my attention back in the early 2000s when I was taking Latin in college (I know I was definitely one of the cool kids). With three simple little words, such an immense feeling is brought forth. While there is breath in my body and…

Happy Lockdown Thanksgiving!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving from Lockdown 2.0! I apologize for being MIA lately, but there’s not a lot of travel stories to tell when the furthest you go is the grocery story. I do have one story up my sleeve from when we headed to the Postal Museum on Halloween (aka the day they announced…

Feeding the Remarkable Red Pandas at Shepreth Wildlife Park

This year, both my husband and my sister had the brilliant idea to get me experiences for a birthday gift. Without consulting each other, they both got me experiences to feed my favorite animal, the red panda, at two different wildlife parks in England. Unfortunately, this year my birthday came literally at the very beginning…

Stepping into the Stone Age at Kents Caverns

The island on which we live is steeped in history. From ruins of Roman towns to Medieval Castles, you can find history wherever you turn in the United Kingdom. But history of man on the island far exceeds medieval kings and queens and even ancient Rome and we experienced this history first hand a couple…

Trekking to Tintagel Castle

On our first overnight trip since lockdown Tim and I stayed relatively local (by American standards) and drove to the south of England for a few days. Our friends have a lovely guesthouse in Torquay and we spent some beautiful days basking in the sun, walking on the beach and generally enjoying the coastal scenery….

Watching Wildlife at Woburn

Dorthy: Do you suppose we’ll meet any wild animals?Tin Man: We might… mostly lions, tigers, and bears.Dorthy: Lions, tigers and bears? Oh My! And we’re back!! After nearly four months of only venturing out of our house to do the basic necessity of grocery shopping and walks in nature, we’re finally allowed out to do…