Expat Life

  • My Mom’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and Expat Thanksgiving

    My Mom’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and Expat Thanksgiving
  • Life in London: September and October 2018

    Life in London: September and October 2018
  • Two Years On

    Two Years On
  • Life in London: August 2018

    Life in London: August 2018

The Basic Bon Vivant’s Guide to Champagne, France: Reims

As the title of this blog suggests, I can be pretty basic. One of the basic things about me is that I do indeed love me some bubbles. Bubbly water, bubbly soda, bubbly wine… I prefer sparkling! When it came time to choose where I wanted to go for my…

(New) Home for the Holidays

By the time we boarded the plane back to London last Christmas, we were pretty clear that we would be staying in London for Christmas this year. We were grateful to make the trip back home to Boston then, but, overall, the trip felt rushed and crazy. With Christmas in…

Transylvania, Peles Castle and Bran Castle, Romania

For us, the big draw in visiting Romania was the chance to see Transylvania. Transylvania had captured both of our imaginations with its tales of vampires and castles. Andrew found day tours that would take us there from Bucharest during our weekend in Romania. We booked one for that Saturday…

Holiday Hike in Surrey

Our hiking schedule took some hits this fall. First, we had to cancel our October hike in the New Forest due to the crazy hurricane winds that hit the UK that weekend and Andrew was sick. Then, I sprained my knee and its recovery has not gone as quickly as…

Christmastime in the Cotswolds

We decided to stay in London for Christmas, so Andrew’s parents booked a trip to visit us just before the holiday. Since it was their second trip to London, we decided to head somewhere new for the weekend! Andrew and I had been hearing about the Cotswolds pretty much since…

Bucharest, Romania Travel Guide

Where to begin with Bucharest? In some ways, the revitalization of the city after joining the EU is very evident. Yet the many crumbling, beautiful buildings and other brutalist buildings stand as a reminder of the city’s complicated past. Once called “the Paris of the East,” once home to a communist…

A Weekend in Deià, Mallorca

A weekend in Mallorca is more than enough time to inspire creative plans to stay there. We were warned that this might happen, and sure enough, after a few days spent on this island paradise, we were ready to stay. This trip was very different from many of our previous…