A Very British Christmas

Christmas is one of those uncanny moments for an American in the UK–it’s almost the same, and yet… Here’s my A-Z guide to some peculiarly British customs at Christmas time. […]

Students Abroad

The US State Department has just launched a new website: Students Abroad It includes information on STEP enrolment, scholarships, passports — everything you need before your journey abroad. It also […]

Blenheim Palace

  The birthplace of Winston Churchill (whose mother was American, btw!), Blenheim Palace is a 20 minute trip from Oxford, and about an hour and half from London or Birmingham. […]

Queen’s birthday

The Queen turned 90 this weekend. Officially and again. (She has two birthdays, her actual day of birth on 21 April and her “official” birthday in June.) For £150 a […]


Monday 2 May is the first Bank holiday of the month. It might snow on Friday. This is Britain! But if you dress warm, check out the boats in Little Venice […]