The Great London Cabby

It’s rare to get a bad taxi in London.  Kate once had one take her and her friends on a bit of a ride to get somewhere close, but by and large London cabbies are great.  They’re cheerful, helpful and competent. Ken, our cabbie today was no exception.  After allowing 8 of us (four adults,…

Cornish or Devon Cream Tea

While I’m in Penzance I feel the need to mention the debate between Cornwall and Devon over the preparation of a proper cream tea. I wonder if my friends back home even know about putting a scone together? I can’t really remember how long I have known about it because it comes up so often.…

Beach Holiday

We are spending the week on holiday in Cornwall. I have never spent any time really at any beaches in England and am not a beach person in general. I grew up as a child spending a lot of time at the beach but somewhere between then and age 38 not so much. Now that…

Local Expressions that I Enjoy

We do share the same language but sometimes it can sound very different. Just as I feel comfortable as a local I am reminded that I am a foreigner. Two of my favorite expressions that I’ve learned since arriving in London are “moreish” and “it’s gone pear shaped”. Admittedly, I’ve only personally used “moreish” and…

Walking and Cycling in Hyde Park

I enjoy a nice peaceful walk through Hyde Park as much as anyone. And one of the great things about Hyde Park is that it’s huge and you can walk all over it–paths, fields, etc. (you get the idea). I also enjoy riding my bike through the park. Or around it at least. Bikes are…

A Cure for Sarcasm, for Izabelle

Last night, whilst sitting next to my daughter’s crib in the middle of the night so she could fall slowly back to sleep, I pulled up Facebook to find that it was a friend’s birthday.  I clicked on her name intending to write the very plain, “Happy Birthday, Izabelle!” (or something similar) on her wall. …

Killing Kamehameha

Last Saturday it began to snow in London and Sunday morning left us with a few inches of the white stuff. We took our kids out to a park that was initially empty, save for an assortment of snowmen of varying sizes and stages of completion. One of the largest snowmen was looking rather King…