bit of life : on living abroad

on living abroad via chevrons & eclairs
It’s sad to say, but it just hit me the other day. I’m an American living abroad. It’s not too different, but there are a few things that a bit different. 
The toilets are more round than oval. And while we’re on the subject, the flushing process is totally different. 
Instead of having an 800-number you can call to fix everything. You must go through a number of formalities before you can even think about accomplishing your task.
Accents. I’ve had a hard time, and I do think I’m good with accents.
Food is actually better here.
Drinking in the AM is totally respectable.
Candy here could kill you, they’re that good.
Everything looks like it came from Ikea.
Nothing comes with clear instructions. 
Everything is just smaller: portions, toilets, bed, everything.
You would definitely rob clothing stores because all the clothes are so dang cute!
People dress well, really well.
Pub life. Enough said.

Scones.

Cake.

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With all that said… UK, I love you.

It’s just a matter of time before I go back to the US. As much as I loved my experience here, it has been fairly difficult to go literally months and months without seeing my family. I’m in the last stages of dissertation writing and as much as I would like to continue to ramble about my feelings… I’ll leave that for a later date. I think it’s time we get started on this {rather beautiful} Monday morning.
Chocolate. Coffee. Whisperings Piano Radio. Go!
 

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  • Loved reading your reflections. Kudos to you for being brave enough to take the journey 🙂 P.S. That camera pic is adorable!

  • Loved reading your reflections. Kudos to you for being brave enough to take the journey 🙂 P.S. That camera pic is adorable!

  • Festive Girls

    I am sure your experiences have been amazing, I can only imagine. I’m sure it will be super hard to say good-bye but it will feel really good to be home as well. You will always have those memories in your back pocket.
    x
    Jen & Kelly

    P.S. We are hosting a giveaway!
    http://fashionablyfestive.blogspot.com/2013/08/stella-dot-necklace-giveaway.html

  • Festive Girls

    I am sure your experiences have been amazing, I can only imagine. I'm sure it will be super hard to say good-bye but it will feel really good to be home as well. You will always have those memories in your back pocket.
    x
    Jen & Kelly

    P.S. We are hosting a giveaway!
    http://fashionablyfestive.blogspot.com/2013/08/stella-dot-necklace-giveaway.html

  • Ana

    Beautiful list! I wish I had known about the food… when I went to London (eekk! a decade ago), I was so naive (ie American), I’m afraid for two weeks I only had the hotel continental breakfasts, whatever vendor I could find in Hyde Park for lunch, & the TGIFriday’s down the street for dinner… talk about a missed opportunity needing to be rectified!
    Savor your time left, and who knows? Perhaps you’ll be back again soon.
    Sincerely.

    • Exactly what I think! Take in the moment day-by-day… Ive been eating up a storm of all things I won’t be able to get in Scotland 🙂

  • Ana

    Beautiful list! I wish I had known about the food… when I went to London (eekk! a decade ago), I was so naive (ie American), I'm afraid for two weeks I only had the hotel continental breakfasts, whatever vendor I could find in Hyde Park for lunch, & the TGIFriday's down the street for dinner… talk about a missed opportunity needing to be rectified!
    Savor your time left, and who knows? Perhaps you'll be back again soon.
    Sincerely.

  • Thank you! It was a joyful ride 🙂

  • Exactly what I think! Take in the moment day-by-day… Ive been eating up a storm of all things I won't be able to get in Scotland 🙂