Archive for October, 2008

Playground Culture

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I told the wife of one of AC’s British colleagues that I am getting to know English culture through the playgrounds. It’s really true. Being in a foreign country with a small child means that we do fewer adult touristy things and more hanging out in parks and gardens. So what have I gleaned so […]

Geography Lessons

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Tonight while I was making dinner, Sam came into the kitchen with her backpack on. She explained that she was going on a trip. Me: “Where are you going?” Sam: “To the United States.” Me: “Oh, I’m from the United States.” Sam: “This is a different United States.” Me: “Oh?” Sam: “Yeah, it has an […]

Bubble and Squeak

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Here they are– my version of the British “Bubble and Squeak.” All in all they were pretty tasty. Similar to a potato cake, but with cabbage mixed in. Definitely an easy way to sneak cabbage into one’s diet. You can find the BBC Food recipe I loosely followed here: But I am incapable of following […]

British Veg

Monday, October 20th, 2008

This was on the label of a bag of seasonal vegetables I purchased the other day from Waitrose– our nearest grocery store. I love browsing the aisles of grocery stores in other countries. Food is probably my favorite gateway to culture and you can learn a lot from a grocery store. In France, for instance, […]

First Week in Brighton– in Pictures!

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

It feels like it’s been a long week, even though we did lose a day. I’m remembering now that on the day we arrived, I told Sam that it was Monday and she corrected me, “No Mommy, it’s Sunday.” Alas, in the UK it was indeed Monday. So here’s what we’ve been up to since […]

England Has a Lot of Stairs

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

This was Sam’s first observation about England. Not that it’s grey and cloudy nearly every day. Not that the driver’s seat is on the other side of the car, and certainly not the linguistic differences that amuse her parents so much (we live in a flat not an apartment; we take the lift not the […]


Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Three years old, that is. Today is Sammy’s birthday. Her parents are happy and proud. At age 3 Sam is toilet trained, she can legibly write two of the three letters of her name (the “A” and the “M”), she can reliably count up to 10 objects, she is chatty and charming and friendly. Also, […]