Food and Wine, Travel & Culture

Lisbon: An Unexpected Gem

March 8, 2016

Lisbon was just what the doctor ordered this time of year, a break from gray England. This city is splashing with color, old world charm, amazing food and wine combined with incredibly nice people. I dare to say that Lisbon might be one of the best kept secrets of southern Europe.

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Travel & Culture

Classical Vienna

January 10, 2016

Vienna is a beautiful, artistic and just classic city. This combined with the Christmas festivities of the lights and markets makes you feel like you are in a bit of a old world heaven. We went to Vienna barely knowing anything about the city besides they have awesome Christmas markets and came back enchanted.

(Don’t forget the gallery of pictures above)
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Expat Life

One Year Later: We Made It!!

December 30, 2015
one year

Everyone has days they will remember for the rest of their lives. It may be a milestone birthday, your wedding, a death, the birth of a child or just some random day that you will always be with you. One of those days for me was when we arrived in Alderley Edge the morning of December 31st, 2014. That day will stay with me forever along with what I have learned this past year being an expatriate.  Continue Reading…

Travel & Culture

Experience Football in London

November 25, 2015

Being a born and raised Nebraska girl, you tend to have high expectations of football experiences. Football and the Nebraska Cornhuskers are engrained in who we are as a state. Some have even called us the “greatest fans in college sports.” Its a bold statement and whether you agree with it or not, you have to admit we do know football and have an electric atmosphere in Lincoln on game day. We had the opportunity in London to experience something completely different than anything I have ever been to before, an NFL International Series game. If you love football, I hope you will consider adding a game to your bucket list.  Continue Reading…

Expat Life

I Feel 15 Years Old

October 22, 2015

As I am coming up to the eve of taking my UK driving theory test, I can’t help but feel like I am a teenager again. When you move to the UK from the US, your driver’s license is good for one year. After that point, you must go through the process to get your UK license which most people will tell you, it is not easy! Continue Reading…

Expat Life, Travel & Culture

30 British Words Our American Kids Use

October 12, 2015

One of the things I love about being over here is learning our language differences. Each culture speaks English but it can be very different sometimes. What is even more fun is seeing your kids adapt and use those terms as part of their every day language. According to the Brits, we speak American and according to Americans they speak British. As Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald so famously sang in one of my favorite songs “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”

“you like tomato, I like tomahto”

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Expat Life

Home is where the heart is

September 24, 2015

It has been a while since I have written a post. This isn’t because nothing has been worth writing about, a lot has happened in the past couple of months and worth sharing. When you get out of the habit of doing something (kind of like when you stop exercising) and it can be really hard to get back into it. Then something happens that spurs you back into action, last night was that time for me.

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Food and Wine

From the Field to Eton Mess

July 26, 2015

I guarantee if you are American or have no ties to the UK, you are thinking “what is Eton Mess?” I know that is what I thought when I saw this coveted dessert starting to pop up on summer menus and had to ask a friend to explain. Well, turns out this dessert is not only simple but really delicious! We had an opportunity to pick our own strawberries and raspberries this week to create this classic British dish.  Continue Reading…

Travel & Culture

Enchanting Paris

July 12, 2015

Over a long weekend in Paris, we had an opportunity to explore and enjoy the city as a couple. No kids, just the two of us. This was my first visit and Paris left me enchanted, ready to come back and see more. Every time I started writing this post about the details of our trip, I just kept coming back to the pictures. The city is beautiful, gritty, unique, has plenty of attitude, artistic, manicured and littered with tiny details you won’t notice unless your looking. There are so many one-of-a-kind doors in Paris and if they are open, you peak inside to see a whole new world. Hope you enjoy this Parisian photo album….

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Expat Life

Most days I feel like an idiot

June 24, 2015

Last night when Jasa got home from work, he asked me how my day was and I said “Most days I feel like an idiot.” He laughed and asked why. I told him about an incident at the chemist (or pharmacy) when the pharmacist asked a very simple question about my prescription and I had no idea what she was saying or asking. Healthcare is free in this country but not all prescriptions are free unless you qualify under a list of exemptions on the back of the prescription card. She was asking if I qualified for any exemptions but she didn’t say it as simple as that. I just remember my brain freezing and being confused and then feeling like an idiot. Luckily, for me I think most people shrug it off because well, I AM American (and you know we aren’t very smart). 😉 I have been thinking about this incident a lot and it was just one out of hundreds I have had since moving to the UK. Continue Reading…