Category Archives: Cultural Difference

Rubbing Shoulders with the 0.01%

Last Thursday the tropical storm associated with Sandy blew through Fort Lauderdale and it’s made me very nervous for DC and NYC. Four days after, we’re still experiencing some crazy winds and I don’t know if that is just the … Continue reading

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Dinner with Jim

About two weeks in to my mom’s stay, our dear friend Glen and Audrey arrived in Paris. You may remember that they visited us in Scotland last May – and they made another trip to see us in Paris. We … Continue reading

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Living Small

After a decade of McMansions and endless suburban sprawl there seems to be a movement toward a more resourceful use of space, a recognition that with population counts soaring, it’s increasingly important to consider how we can tread a bit … Continue reading

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Speaking in French

I’ve decided that I need more opportunities to speak in French. It is far too easy for Scotty and me to revert back to English when we’re at home, so I’ve signed up for an additional two hours of class … Continue reading

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Paris slows down

There is definitely a change in the air here in Paris. The weather has shifted, signaling the end of the heatwave. Along with the warmth, it seems many of the tourists have left. The banks of the Seine are mostly … Continue reading

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Literary Notes #16

Tonight I am hosting book club and we’re discussing The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. I have a fondness for this dear story – one of personal growth, new beginnings, stark Newfoundland winters and am very much looking forward to … Continue reading

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Settling back in…

After an extremely relaxing week in NY we returned to Edinburgh and hit the ground running.  On Friday night we hosted a going away party for our friends the Browns who returned to the States on Sunday.  As we’re approaching … Continue reading

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Adventures in moving and alternative gardening methods

Wow!  It’s been a crazy week.  Scotty and I are fully moved out of our old flat and slowly settling into our new one.  One-by-one our possessions are finding places in our new home and it’s starting to feel more … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day here in the UK and Veteran’s Day back in the States.  In memory of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I on the western front.  Today, throughout Britain memorial ceremonies were celebrated by … Continue reading

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Parade, Fireworks, Quatorze Juliet in Paris

Much like our 4th of July isn’t commonly called “Independence Day” the French don’t refer to Quatorze Juliet as “Bastille Day” – it has too much baggage and while the French Revolution was founded in great principles (you know that … Continue reading

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