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Basic Bon Vivant is my little corner of the Internet highlighting the many adventures, travels and discoveries of my expat life based in London.

Meet the basic bon vivant

 

Hi, there! I’m Jenn, an American expat living in London. I moved to London from Boston in September 2016 for my (now) husband’s job. I started this blog as a way to keep active as a trailing spouse, but as my expat life in London grew, so too did my love of documenting everything on here!

I’ll be the first to admit that I am totally basic (how I miss living somewhere with several months of PSL season!), but I’d also consider myself an aspiring bon vivant. London is a fabulous place to work on that, with easy acces to some of the world’s best food, drink and events.

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Champagne tasting… in Champagne, of course!

I love exploring new and familiar places alike and hope those featured here will ignite your imagination and wanderlust.

So come along with me! Check out my travels here or on this map.

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Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Engelhornhütte

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Engelhornhütte

After a night’s stay at a beautiful chalet in Reuti on the first night of our Swiss Alps adventure, we set off along the …
Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Via Alpina Stage 10

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Via Alpina Stage 10

Stage 10 of the Via Alpina begins in Meiringen, Switzerland, a lovely little city in the Hasli valley, and ends in Grindelwald. With our hikes up …
Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Meiringen to Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen along the Via Alpina Stages 10 and 11

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Meiringen to Gimmelwald, Lauterbrunnen along the Via Alpina Stages 10 and 11

When we moved to London in the fall of 2016, our priority for the years we would spend here was to take advantage of all that …

For my fellow expats, I’ve compiled my first-hand American expat in London tips here.

Expat Tips

Tips for Surviving London’s Hard Water with Curly Hair

Tips for Surviving London’s Hard Water with Curly Hair

If you look back to some of my earlier posts, you’ll see that I struggled A LOT with my hair (and skin, let’s …
5 Not-so-Obvious Tips for Americans Moving to London

5 Not-so-Obvious Tips for Americans Moving to London

Though we share a language, things can feel pretty different when you move from the US to London. Many blogs and articles will offer you …
Everything You Need to Know About Cell Phones When Moving from the US to London

Everything You Need to Know About Cell Phones When Moving from the US to London

Having just returned from the US, my experience navigating what the heck to do about my cell phone when moving to London is top of …

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Have an expat moving question or want to contact me? Please email me at basicbonvivant@gmail.com.