I moved to Plymouth England over 5 years ago with my English partner who, after 10 years consulting in the US, returned to academia as a University senior lecturer. My two kids were in University themselves, their father was still in the US, and theoretically I could leave everything behind and start anew in another country. No empty nester me! Nope – I was going to fly the coop as well and have my own adventure.
Well I have!
My anchors here, besides my partner, are the new friends I have made who are mainly small business owners. Through them I am learning how to navigate social and business worlds in this country. This is the stuff that is not so readily captured in popular media. And it is in part their stories I’ll share, because their lives have now become part of mine…
This blog is also about the delights and trials of learning a new country – one that we Americans think we already know from literature and pop culture, since we have all read ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’, watched ‘Notting Hill’, ‘Sherlock’, and ‘Downton Abbey’, to name a few.
With all those cultural references swimming around in my brain, reality has had to fight hard for space. I’ve been lucky to have an English partner who translates some terms and practices for me, although he is sometimes as adrift as me, having also lived out of the country for 10 years. (We did a pub quiz once and completely botched the cultural references section because, for example, we didn’t know the name of the former prime minister’s dog.)
And speaking of dogs, have I told you about my Plymouth friend who started the fabulous business ‘Doggy Devon’? Well, we better begin…!
Posted: 21st Nov 2016
Our language lessons and practice continue, and the improvements come in fits and starts. Buying baguettes and food at stores and produce markets, and…read more.
Posted: 8th Nov 2016
It was the best of times, It was the worst of times, It was the age of wisdom, It was the age of…read more.
Posted: 28th Oct 2016
I finally got a chance to get out of the City last Sunday when we took a day-trip to Beaujolais. It was organised by…read more.
Posted: 19th Oct 2016
Sometimes, life in a new country isn’t all fresh baguettes and fromage. Yesterday, the best part of the day was the sunrise. From…read more.
Posted: 17th Oct 2016
Yesterday was the type of Sunday I am coming to love. Thankfully the sun was shining and it was just the right amount…read more.
Posted: 9th Oct 2016
Yesterday we wandered up to the oldest part of the City, the roman ruins dating from about 44 BC. One of the reasons…read more.
Posted: 20th Sep 2016
Plymouth Wayfarer has gone wayfaring across the channel for a short while! We are in Lyon, France until mid 2017, and will continue…read more.
Posted: 12th Aug 2016
The National Fireworks Championships are coming up next week in Plymouth, and so to get in the spirit of fireworks, I thought I would…read more.
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