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Christmas Day

Oh, Christmas!  Always a lovely, low-key day, and even more so in London where the city really shuts down and I don’t have relatives or friends to visit outside my own home.  We let ourselves sleep in until we woke up naturally, and then began opening presents after a quick first-breakfast of English muffins (or, […]


6:30pm is an inconvenient time for an opera to start.  One barely has time to get home from shopping, call one’s boyfriend, change into a suit and bow-tie, slurp a dinner of oatmeal, catch the bus downtown, snarf a second dinner of German sausage under the pillars of Covent Garden market (My Fair Lady!), and […]

Unexpected day off

Bank holidays in the UK have a delightful way of sneaking up on an expat and leaving him with an unexpected day off. When I realized that I didn’t need to go in to work on Monday, I cracked open my Rick Steves and Lonely Planet and looked for an easy last minute day trip. […]

Almost chez moi

It’s official —  I have a place to live!!  Tenancy agreement signed, check-in inspection complete, and keys in hand.  And oh, what keys! The reader-of-gothic-novels in me got childishly happy when the leasing agent handed over two skeleton keys.  It just feels so, well, English of me to be living in an 18th Century building full […]

This is what civilization looks like

Two types of sparkling water (plus regular flat) on tap in the kitchen at work.

And just like that, I’m back

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Chicago Saturday

Our Saturday in Chicago was simple:   We started with brunch at the Cherry Circle Room with Vanessa and Steven.  The restaurant was in a building that had formerly been an old-school gentlemen’s athletic club (think dark wood paneling, leather chesterfield sofas, and cigars–not Gold’s Gym). apparently gentlemen like duelingbunnies on their plates Brunch was delicious […]