Learning to Relax at Negroponte

I am a traveller, an explorer and a foodie. A lover of history, architecture and culture. When I travel somewhere new I want to soak it all in. Eat all the best food, see the most amazing sights and climb the tallest of towers. We don’t rush on vacation, but we also don’t laze around…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Late Night Thoughts on Anxiety

I couldn’t sleep last night. I stared into the darkness of the room. My eyes burning after crying for what felt like hours but was likely just thirty minutes. My mind was buzzing. I couldn’t turn it off no matter how hard I tried and though my eyelids were heavy with sleep, I couldn’t even…

Just Keep Dancing

My Zumba teacher, with his trademark ginger beard and backwards black ball cap, grins and says “good job, keep it up!” His bright yellow shirt reads “Zumba saved me” and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate shirt for class these days. You see. We’re not sweating it out in a gym or rec hall,…