City Girl Walking

Exploring life, one footstep at a time

Yours Sincerely, Mrs ‘Living the American Dream.’

It’s the eve of our first ‘moving to America’ anniversary. This time one year ago, we were saying our fond farewells to our nearest and dearest and preparing to embark … Continue reading

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Playing at Being a New Yorker

I’m currently sat in the New York Library typing this. I’ve walked past this building a few times on my minimal visits to the City but this is the first … Continue reading

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Reliving my youth – Boyz 2 Men style

During the summer months, the town of Stamford, CT hosts concerts by a range of artists. These concerts make up the series Alive @ 5. When I discovered the event, I … Continue reading

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I Exist!

Adjusting the mirrors in our 4×4 after dropping my husband at work, the realisation suddenly dawns on me, I exist. For the last two months of our adventure in the … Continue reading

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Jigs, Grobs and Cobs

Now that our home has taken shape and we’ve been freed from the weekends of furniture shopping and fund deficits, our Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for a spot … Continue reading

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Road Tripping Catskills, NY

Driving over Tappen Zee Bridge, one of the gateways over the Hudson, we began to get a feel for the mountainous terrain that towered in front of us. My husband had … Continue reading

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Only Boring People Get Bored….

So, my work life frustration is why the blogs have been a bit quiet. However, today, after a mini outburst about being bored over breakfast this morning, I decided to listen to the adage ‘only boring people get bored’ and start writing again.

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Being a Brit on Independence Day

Before we came to the States, I was aware of but had never celebrated nor thought much about, that American holiday that almost trumps Thanksgiving and certainly Christmas, July 4th … Continue reading

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Writing is a lot like a faithful dog—and here’s how

Originally posted on What Inspires Your Writing?:
Even the striking beauty of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, couldn’t keep Rebecca Longman from wandering away. To London she went, where she dubbed…

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Moving to a New City – Blogging for Jambo

Today’s post includes answers to a few questions I was asked by the owner and founder of Jambo, a brand new app designed to help expats and work travellers make … Continue reading

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It’s Happening

Over the last few days I’ve been knee deep in boxes, furniture building, lifting, carrying, organising, sorting, tidying and homemaking. For the first time, I’ve felt like a Real Housewife. … Continue reading

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Flat-Pack Frenzy

My husband’s favourite phrase is ‘just get it done’. This phrase, in part, is his way of motivating me to get off my bum and do something, but it’s also … Continue reading

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It’s move day! 

So it’s finally here! We have the keys to our new apartment and all of our stuff that’s been in storage for two months has come to join us in … Continue reading

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Road Tripping to MA and RI

It’s been a few days since my last post which means we’ve been busy! I didn’t post yesterday because Monday is ‘food shopping and catch up on washing from the … Continue reading

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Expat Wife Life

We’re four and a half weeks in. Now that we’re beginning to settle into expat life, many people are asking what we’re doing with our time and how it feels … Continue reading

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Dazed and Confused

It’s only 3.30pm, and I feel like I’ve lived through about three days in as many hours. As I write, I keep having flashbacks to my tour.

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Introducing Betty

This is the first piece of furniture we’ve bought together that wasn’t bought for function only, and that we both loved from the outset. She had to be named.

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Writing in the Sunshine

A plane flies overhead, and I wonder its destination; pondering if it’s somewhere as beautiful as the setting I’m seeing in front of my eyes at this very moment.

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Keep Calm and Photograph Cows

Unfortunately, hot weather means appropriate clothing, and appropriate clothing means getting bits out you may not have seen in quite a few years…

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Exploding Tomatoes

After a morning of moping and reflecting, I dragged myself out of bed, showered, put on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, and a little bit of lipstick and ventured into town. It’s amazing what a “bit gip” can do.

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Hot and Sticky in New York City

I thought spending time in New York City would make me miss city living, and miss the bright lights of London, but it didn’t. I was so happy to come home to my quiet neighbourhood in Stamford at the end of a long day trudging the flamboyant, bustling streets of the metropolis. Maybe it’s an age thing, but as much as I love the city, I love suburbia more.

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City Calling

When I woke this morning, from a restless sleep, I couldn’t decide whether I felt nervous or excited about my day trip to the City. I was tired and irritable, and it was stupidly hot in our apartment.

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Go Ask Barb

After my last, slightly downbeat, post about the trials and tribulations of life as an expat, I’ve gone back to my usual upbeat posting style for a review of our Sunday exploration up north. Much like normal life, despite the rough bits, there are plenty of good times too. This weekend is Memorial Weekend and on Memorial Weekend there are two things Americans like to do.

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It Looks Like a Holiday; It Aint.

Being an expat means making the same decisions as you do at home but in a place where you know nothing.

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Never Argue With An American School Bus

I must tell you, no children were harmed in the making of this story. However, I must also warn you, if you want to keep your license, and face in the States, never argue with an American school bus.

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Margarita and Burrito Fuzziness

As he drove, I sat in passenger seat feeling a lovely little fuzziness of happy tummy and slightly buzzy tequila head. It was the perfect Mexican evening.

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Stateside Alien

This morning I feel shellshocked. Don’t panic, it’s nothing serious, I’m just a Stateside alien struggling to adapt to life across the pond. My day started with a barrage of … Continue reading

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Mind Over Matter

So, yes it’s hard, and yes when I’m mid 2-minute stint of intense running and I can barely get my breath I want to stop, but, my inspirations, along with my competitive nature to beat anything in my tracks, make me keep pounding every next step on that cross trainer. How about you? What makes you push yourself when you want to give up?

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Mystic Moments

Mystic – the home of the 1980’s film Mystic Pizza! And it’s still standing!

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Mumbai Times

As we drove home, I was complaining about being tired because I’d spent the day trying to achieve things and I felt like I’d achieved nothing due to forever getting … Continue reading

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Laying Bare

Recently, I’ve written a lot. With so many words flying around the pages I began to wonder what was driving me to churn out so much content. So, I started … Continue reading

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I Must Eat My Words

After my little rant about the supermarket this morning I feel this evening I must eat my words. Or at least write new ones that tell a brighter story.

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The Supermarket

All week I’ve been doing firsts. The first time I drove to the supermarket alone; the first time I parked the car (bus) alone; the first time I used the … Continue reading

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Light Relief in Banana Bread

After the serious message I wanted to get across in my last post I thought, given it’s Friday afternoon here and the weekend is set to be a scorcher, I’d … Continue reading

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The Real Price of Beauty

A dear friend of mine pointed me in the direction of a recent article written in the New York Times which discusses the dire conditions many workers in nail salons across New York City face.

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Massages and Chia Bites 

Today has been… an experience. Some good bits some, well, let’s call them interesting bits.  This morning I stopped in for my morning Starbucks while catching up on a bit … Continue reading

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It’s Real

Today it hit me. I live in the U.S of A. Not England. The place where a good cup of tea is on tap; where shop assistants don’t gush friendly … Continue reading

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No one can make you do or feel

Human nature drives us to need a purpose to survive in life, but often the purpose we follow is arbitrarily placed on us by someone else. Image source Unfortunately, many … Continue reading

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Everything in Moderation

“Moderation is the key of lasting enjoyment.” — Hosea Ballou As an English Rose, coming to the US everything seems large. From the drink carton I saw the visa security … Continue reading

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Printing For A New World

Not my usual genre, but I was doing some research for a piece and it inspired me to blog about something a little different… The layman has likely only heard … Continue reading

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What makes Copenhagen so happy?!

Why do you think Copenhagen is the happiest City in the world?
In my view, it’s a mix of the outdoor lifestyle, good food and the trusting nature of the Danes that makes Copenhagen the happiest city in the world.

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Are you topped up?

As a kid I was described as gregarious, a social butterfly in fact; I found it easy to make friends back then. image source As life progressed, things got in … Continue reading

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Expat Eyes – This time feels different

My Story. In about six weeks from today, I plan to be making the move Stateside. This isn’t my first big move, although it is my first move abroad. About … Continue reading

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Capturing the South Bank

I was given a new camera as a birthday gift last November and I realised I was able to take better photographs than I was on a phone, mainly due … Continue reading

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Verona the Saviour

Our visit to Verona was only meant as a resting place while travelling from Bologna to ski in the Dolomites. Originally, we had booked only one night in the ‘Fair … Continue reading

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Bologna – Bursting with Flavour

Espresso – it seems – is a classless beverage; everyone from business men to the homeless hunt out their fix. It’s not a difficult find given there’s a coffee shop … Continue reading

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Eighty-Six and Ninety-Two

Eighty-six and ninety-two fill the room with a history the young can capture only from textbooks. Minds still alive as ever before memory very much in tact but trapped in … Continue reading

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Budding Photographer

As I walked through Canary Wharf, new fancy camera in hand, I looked for the things I loved most about living in this crazy metropolis. The busy streets that I … Continue reading

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Mondays in Angel

The varied delights of Angel, London.

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We’re just the same, me and you.

So, i’ve been in the US for 7 days now – i’m living in friends house in a town called Stamford, travelling to Greenwich to drop my partner at work … Continue reading

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The eve of our first visit back ‘home’

We’ve been here just shy of three months. Tomorrow we make our first trip back home, and I have mixed feelings about the trip. First off, any family or friends … Continue reading

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Sustenance – The Cheat’s Way 

Since arriving in the States, there one culinary delight that I’ve missed more than any other; more than a good cup of tea (although that’s come close), more than a … Continue reading

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