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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…!


language lessons

Ignorance is bliss – more language lessons

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.

Best of times L'ecole-school

It was the best of times…

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.

Beaujolais, wine, generosity

Generosity of spirit (and wine)

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.

Sunrise in Lyon

And then there are the other days…

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.

Rhône River bank cycle path, strolling

Sunday Strolling

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.

Vieux Lyon

Lyon from the beginning

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.

Rhône River Lyon France

Plymouth Wayfarer is in France!

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.

Photo Courtesy Fantastic Fireworks

Summer Fireworks Championships

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.

Silver linings

Comings and goings

Posted: 8th Jul 2016

Today I am thinking mostly about goings, as today is the last day for one of our members in the coworking space who…read more.

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Make & Funky Poppy

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The Treasury Bar

The Treasury Bar

Most of my favourite events have started at the Treasury, and many of them never made it any further! Delicious food, great drinks, and wonderful staff. I always feel welcome and at home here.


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Plymouth Gin

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