United Kingdom

Walking 25 Miles in Edinburgh

Since I’d been working in Northamptonshire for the week, I thought I’d tag on a quick trip to Scotland for the weekend. As you probably could tell from my last post, I’m an unabashed Anglophile. But, I’ve never been super tight on my terminology. So, on the flight...

Strolling Through the English Countryside

In all of my travels, my favorite place to visit is Southwestern Virginia. I’m sure part of the reason is because it’s where my family is from. It may also be because I’ve been visiting that part of the world as long as I can remember. Or maybe – and I think this is the real...

London

During my recent trip to the United Kingdom, I tacked on an extra day in London. I love London. It’s a better city, I think, than New York. The accents are so much more appealing. Plus, the history is incredible. Speaking of history, I got the chance to visit the Houses of...

Americans in the United Kingdom

Now, I’m proud to be an American (where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the . . .) Sorry. Anyway, I already shared my personal guilt about being obnoxious in another country, however we Americans do have a reputation among the British. But at least we can...

US-UK Language Barrier

When I arrived in Birmingham, I checked into my hotel. Jetlagged. “Good morning. I have a reservation. My name is Brooks,” I say confidently. She responds, “Welcome. Okay. Thank you. Is that Brooks with an A?” “Ahh. Umm. No. Errr. Just Brooks,” I...

Kenilworth Castle

Somehow, I wound up in Great Britain this week. Again, my philosophy of “everybody’s got to be somewhere” came true. Only, this time, it was pretty cool. Where, you ask, was I? Dear readers, I was in Birmingham, England. (For my fellow Americans, that roughly equates to...