The Best of the UK in 10 Days (and on a budget)

When my sisters visited last summer, they had 10 days to experience as much of the UK as possible, with the goal of not spending a small fortune. Not easy when you want to spend time in both London and Edinburgh, especially when it’s Edinburgh during the Fringe. To save on transport costs and time,…

Thoughts on Repatriation

The last few months have been a blur- I’ve visited new countries, attended the World Cup and started making preparations for the move back to the USA.  We’ve known for a year that we’d be moving home this autumn, but as the days get shorter and the summer finally seems over (it’s almost cold enough…

March in Review

I’ve been a bad blogger this month, we’ve been busy at home and work and I haven’t had the motivation to write. We’re home almost every weekend in April though, which should give me plenty of free time! In mid-March, we flew to Sicily and spent 3 nights in Catania, which was a great spot…

Underneath the Train Tracks: A Craft Beer Tour of Manchester

Note: Do not attempt this the night before a 7 am flight like we did. Ever since I’d heard of Cloudwater Brewing, I loved their beer. They make amazing NE style IPA’s and their beer clearly doesn’t disappoint others either- they were ranked the second best brewery in the world this year! What I didn’t…

November Reflections

The end of November marks 10 months remaining in the UK. We’ve spent our last expat Thanksgiving here, and while I’ll miss the Christmas markets, mulled wine and mince pie, I won’t miss the rain, long nights and weak sunshine (when it bothers to come out). Thanksgiving here is always fun, but it doesn’t feel…