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Christmas in the UK vs. Christmas in the US

The premise for Christmas is the same in the UK and the US. It’s held on 25th December to celebrate the birth of Jesus but was originally a pagan holiday called Yule. Today, depending on how religious you are, it’s either still about the birth of Jesus or all about THE PRESENTS.  For me, it’s all about the foooood. Nothing…

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Visiting Family over Christmas when living abroad

It’s official. Christmas is here! And what’s not to love? There are gorgeous lights on every corner, so much delicious food to consume, its a great excuse for visiting family and endless parties. Well, when you have family and friends living literally hundreds of miles in opposite directions, the pressure and stress of coordinating visiting family at Christmas can kill…

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East Anglia – The perfect guide for anyone you know

East Anglia is so English its ridiculous. Farms, market towns, tea and pockets of posh people is all you will find in this region of the UK. East Anglia truly is the heartland of England. But it’s all too often chucked off the list in favour of beautiful places in the North like York and the Lake District, cool places…

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A British Autumn vs. An American Fall

Everyone in America seems to say Fall is their favourite season. Personally, I like Spring or Summer as it’s NOT COLD, but hey, everyone’s entitled to an opinion. I guess. I do like lighting a fire and wearing a warm jumper (sweater) that is essentially a blanket. But you can do all of this in Winter too. And Winter has…

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Loneliness – How to cope with it and let your roots settle in

Loneliness is a real taboo subject when talking to pretty much anyone about living abroad. Because it sounds like fun. And it totally is. It sounds super exciting and adventurous because that’s all true. But sometimes it’s hard. Especially if loneliness begins to set in. No matter what you do, there will be points in your life where you feel…

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4 New Year’s resolutions every expat needs

The season of New Year’s resolutions is upon us. I’m sure you’re all loving the endless, “New Year, New Me” posts. We’re only 10 days into the New Year guys, plenty of time to fail…. Anyone wanna bet on who’s going to give up and quietly stop posting gym selfies first? But maybe you’re doing really well in that new…

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Surviving Thanksgiving as a foreigner

Thanksgiving is so American, it gives 4th July a run for its money. It’s all about the foundation of America, eating WAAAAY more food than you should, and watching American football/football. Oh, and it’s suuuper cheesy as it’s all about family and being thankful. This is too much emotion for me. Why do Americans want a holiday dedicated to talking…

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Moving abroad – 4 essential ways to prepare

Ever sat on a microwave for 5 hrs? They aren’t that comfy but when all your stuff is being packed up to move abroad you can’t be picky with your seating arrangements.  It’s weird seeing your life being put into boxes and wrapped in brown paper. You might be thinking, wow, all of my life can fit in that one…

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The Chipotle Review

Welcome to yet another Fries on Friday!! Today, Chipotle is in the hot seat… My first Chipotle experience was also my very first meal in America, back in August, when we began house hunting. So I was tried. And hungry. And not entirely sure what the hell was going on because I had been confined to a plane for waaaay…

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Why York is and always will be, my favourite place

For me, York feels like coming home. Yes, I lived close to the city when I was little, visited multiple times and now one of my closest friends lives up there. But it’s more than that.  Maybe it’s the beauty. Maybe it’s the history. Maybe it’s the wonderful yet indecipherable Northern accent. I can’t put my finger on it, but…

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