Living In and Out of Time/ Ζώντας εκτός χρόνου

A friend of mine used to joke that her skin tone was “library-pasty”, and I had to sympathise. Life as a literature student means that for nine months of the year I potter around library shelves, sit at my desk for eight hours at a time with several books and a laptop open in front of my nose, or contentedly amble in and out of … Continue reading Living In and Out of Time/ Ζώντας εκτός χρόνου

Only a Phone Call Away…

About a year and 11 months ago, I landed in Edinburgh sleep-deprived after a flight filled with crying babies and a trying time in Heathrow. Meeting new friends on the flight from London to Edinburgh and seeing Highland Coo and sheep from the sky entering Scotland, it didn’t really register that I had made a huge life change until I traveled up to the top … Continue reading Only a Phone Call Away…

Ireland and the American South

As I traipsed around the Emerald Isle this past week, I couldn’t help but notice that its culture and people have quite a lot in common with my own place of origin in the American South. This should probably come as no surprise given the interconnected histories of these locales, largely due to the Irish diaspora of the 18th and 19th centuries. Irish and German are the … Continue reading Ireland and the American South

“Oh don’t worry, everybody there can speak English”: On the pros and cons of speaking a global language

“Oh don’t worry, everybody there can speak English” It’s something I’ve heard a lot; with regards to every non-English-speaking country I’ve had the privilege to visit. It’s a benefit I’ve become accustomed to and indeed taken for granted since I was a little girl. Oh, sure, I try to learn the polite phrases, the “merci”’s and “ciao”’s, the “tack”’s and “gutentag”’s, but ultimately, I’ve never … Continue reading “Oh don’t worry, everybody there can speak English”: On the pros and cons of speaking a global language

Food Glorious Food 3: Dessert Course

SWEETIES!! With a raging sweet tooth, coming second only to my devotion to all things deep-fried, the sugary treats on offer in the States left me satiated through means ranging far beyond the odd chocolate bar. Sadly there was a surprising lack of overlap between my two loves, with no blossoming trend in fried chocolate bars; but I forgive you America, we can’t all be … Continue reading Food Glorious Food 3: Dessert Course