Family travel with flair
Currently Browsing: The American perspective

How to celebrate the Fourth of July in London

TweetHow to celebrate this very American holiday in London? I’ve been wondering that myself for about a decade. The thing about celebrating Fourth of July is that the enjoyment comes from knowing all your family, all your friends, the entire nation is celebrating too. When I lived in in New York, the Fourth meant cookouts in Prospect Park organised by my friends, legendary party-makers and grillers John...

Returning to New York City…as a mother

TweetI spent 10 of my most formative years in New York City — those in my 20s and early 30s, drinking, dining, dating, working and generally becoming what passes for an adult. Then I left for London and a British life with my husband. I love London, but New York is still my spiritual home. That just makes it all the stranger that my kids have never been there. My daughter did make a brief appearance at 4...

5 ideas for carving Halloween pumpkins

TweetI love doing Halloween with my daughter here in the UK, especially since it’s still in its infancy. There’s a bit of trick or treating, there are a few parties but the celebrations aren’t over the top, like what can be a consumer-fest in the U.S.  I also find the whole super-gruesome costume thing that adult revelers have embraced creepy in the extreme. But one thing I am glad that has caught...

The latest great American import: the doggy bag

TweetThe list of things America has given the food world is substantial: Velveeta, the Hard Rock cafe, the list goes on. But now one of our most widespread contributions has finally gained purchase on English soil: the doggy bag. So simple a concept. After your restaurant meal that you’ve paid for, you take home what you haven’t eaten to enjoy later. That might mean having yummy leftovers after a...

Thanksgiving: it’s not the same for expats

TweetDon’t tell me you don’t know what today is! It’s just the biggest holiday in America outside of the gloriously commercial three months of Christmas. What – you don’t know? Well, me neither. Since moving to England, I’ve found that the fourth Thursday in November comes round just like the first, second and third ones and it’s not until a fellow American reminds me that...

The definitive map of the world according to Americans?

TweetOne of the challenges as an American abroad – both living and travelling – are the preconceptions people have about us. You know – childlike, fat, shorts-wearing jingoists. Anyone who knows me, knows this isn’t universally true of Americans. I, for one, hardly ever wear shorts. I’ll leave it up to you to decide the accuracy of this map, sent to me by Sarah Ebner who writes the...

My day on 9/11

Tweet“This is so fucked up” “What are you talking about?” “Turn your TV on.” Ten years ago I was sitting on my sofa in Brooklyn when my friend B. IM’ed me on AOL Instant Messenger a little after 8:45. I turned on the TV and saw what so many other people did – smoke billowing, newscasters reporting that a plane had hit one tower of the World Trade Center. The two of us IM’ed back and forth, trying to deduce what...

Do expats celebrate 4th of July?

TweetI can tell that I’ve finally assimilated into the British way of life when July 4 rolls around and my English husband has to remind me that maybe it might be fun to celebrate America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Oh yeah. Should we have a burger or something? As a kid, I always loved the Fourth of July. We would drive to the edge of town where skeezy guys wearing dirty gimme caps...

A very cool video of my spiritual home, New York City

TweetI left New York City more than 8 years ago to live in London, and I still don’t think I’m over it. The city is like a lover I can never forget. Sometimes it drove me mad, or made me depressed. Sometimes I vowed to leave. I did do that once – relocating to Paris, which I had adored from afar since I was a teenager. About a year later I had to return to NYC for mundane reasons (sort out my...

Cool kids’ TV shows – then and now

TweetWhen I was young, TV didn’t have the bad name it has now. Back then it was a social studies medium, Broadway training ground and musical outlet extraordinaire. Sesame Street and The Electric Company (featuring actors like Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman and eventually a victim of its own success according to Wikipedia) were the gold stand – educational and very Free to Be…You and Me. One of my...

« Previous Entries

Powered by WordPress | Designed by Elegant Themes