Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Scenes from the Cotswolds

Having lived in and traveled extensively throughout the UK, I’ve gotten to know the country well and have been continuously discovering new places to visit. Some of them are still my most-wanted destinations: beach-hopping in Cornwall, hiking in St. Kilda, partying in Newcastle. One destination that I finally got to visit: the Cotswolds, a region in Gloucestershire, […]

On Curiosity, Gin, and Cultivating Interests

“Now, lean in and smell it, just like wine,” I instruct the girls before me. Vicky and Candice obey, each leaning into a small glass filled with an ounce of Whitley Neill gin at the bottom. “Now smell it with your mouth open. It’s just like tasting it! Rachelle taught me that on the trip.” […]

The Most Glorious Spirit: A Week of Gin in the UK

My gin trip to the UK was one of the most interesting trips I have ever taken. I spent time with fascinating (and often off-the-wall) creative entrepreneurs, learning about how they ditched the 9-5 to make booze with their buddies. I visited stunning new regions of Britain and a few old favorites. And, of course, […]

I’m Off to Britain to Sample the Gin

Well, that’s certainly a way to end Sober September. I’m heading back to Europe for a few weeks this October, and I’m kicking things off with a boozy trip around Britain. Alongside Matt of LandLopers and Rachelle of The Travel Bite, I’m spending a week sampling the finest British gins throughout England. I adore gin. It’s […]

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. […]