Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Meet My Favorite Cafe in London: Lavish Habit

Every afternoon, without fail, I crave a cup of coffee. Not for the caffeine jolt, though. Coffee is how I punctuate my day. I use it as an excuse to stop what I’m doing and reflect as I enjoy the pleasure of sipping a latte in solitude. It’s become so important to my day that I get antsy [...]

What I’ve Learned From 1.5 Years in the UK

In less than a week, Mario and I start our yearlong trip around the world.  It’s time to wind down 1.5 years of living in the UK: one year in Chester and eight months in London. This was never my plan.  I had always imagined the UK as a place that was nice, but cold [...]

Kicking Back at the Yotel Heathrow

I have always been fascinated by efficient design.  Forget the ostentatious homes and hotels of the world — if you’re able to do an incredible amount in a small amount of space, that is what is going to impress me the most. And the Yotel at Heathrow Airport impressed me greatly. Usually when I fly [...]

Breaking Up, Moving On, and Leaving Chester

In most cases, when a popular blogger ends a relationship, he or she can do so discreetly, perhaps without even mentioning it publicly. I can’t do that here.  Dave has been a major presence on this blog for the past year and a half, as I met him in Hanoi, Vietnam; as I moved in [...]

Bringing More Cowbell to the UK

On most days here in England, I somehow end up quoting Family Guy or Anchorman back and forth with my English friends. It’s easy to assume that all of American pop culture translates across the pond. After all, we share a common language, for starters.  Most of the films playing at the cinema are American, Comedy Central [...]

Lyme Park: Home of Mr. Darcy

Are you a fan of the Pride and Prejudice BBC miniseries from the 90s?  The one when Colin Firth first stepped into our lives and made us swoon as Mr. Darcy, long before anyone knew who Bridget Jones was? Well, this weekend, I went to see one of its filming locations: Lyme Park in Cheshire, England. [...]

A Day at the Birmingham Christmas Market

I had never heard of the Birmingham Christmas Market until fairly recently — and soon learned that it was the largest Christmas market in the UK. That was enough of a reason for me to go! Birmingham, in the West Midlands region of England, is the second largest city in the UK, and you’ll find [...]

World Travel Market 2011: A Smashing Success

I have never been to any event that remotely resembled World Travel Market. Picture this: nearly every country in the world has a stand in a conference building ten times the size of most wedding venues in London.  Some of these stands are design marvels, particularly in the Middle East section.  It takes 10 minutes [...]

World Travel Market 2011: Let’s Work Together!

This week, I’ll be appearing at World Travel Market in London, one of the biggest travel industry events of the year.  It’s also the most important year it’s ever been for travel bloggers like myself.  I’ve booked my accommodation in London, I’ve picked out my four “fancy” outfits, and I’m ready to hit the ground [...]

In Britain, It’s NOT Okay To Be Obese

This weekend, I saw the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing for the first time — also known as the original Dancing with the Stars — and found it nearly identical to the American version.  Same exact show format, same set, same theme music, same costume styles, similar array of D-list celebrities, some of the same judges (Len Goodman [...]