Tag: UK

An Expatriate's Guide to Vermin, or How the Hell to get a Bat out of the Refrigerator

Guayaquil, Ecuador 1989 After three years in Ecuador, I thought I’d seen it all. Hadn’t the mice gotten into the closed pantry to nibble on the imported Kraft Macaroni & Cheese on July the Fourth? I’d brought back piles of the treasured treat from the USA, all at my pre-teen’s request. Hadn’t six-foot plus iguanas... Read more »

Six Reasons the Sochi Olympic 2014 PROBLEMS Give UK 2012 Olympics PLATINUM

So over Sochi already with all its problems, and these are my half dozen reasons why (so far). 1. First, things were done on time in the UK. Yes, even the paint was (apparently) dry! Unlike Sochi with the reported “are you kidding” stories about lack of water, floors and yes, roofs, in the UK... Read more »

Night of the Living Dead Voters

No this is not a story about dead people voting. Every election cycle it’s the same–the high numbers of those who do not vote. Given some may have been given “provisional” ballots or write-ins that were uncounted–nevertheless I have to ask-Why? Whether you don’t because you’re undecided, muttering that “they are both the same”. Whether... Read more »
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Second Amendment Justice

As read in UK press and USA The Week, a man in Nevada carrying a legally concealed gun-shot himself in the tush. I’ll resist The Onion-esque headline, What an Ass. After London–where carrying means walking through an organic farmers market carrying a plastic draft beer–the justice of an idiot shooting himself was too sweet. Carrying... Read more »

Olympic Event no. 2-Beach Volleyball

Some might think of it as BABES and BOYS playing on sand. As for me, I’ll always think it as that crazy, sold-out event, the acclaimed red hot ticket of London’s 2012 Olympics. The Greeks would have loved it. Queen Victoria– not so much. It began early last Thursday morning. Just another workday for most... Read more »

Another bites the dust...l

Another headline grabbing rampage, in USA, thanks to Scott Walker’s loosening of gun laws. Am I safe as houses in UK. Hardly. But given more sensible gun laws, I am safer. Here sale of knives can be restricted. Maybe that’s what comes of national healthcare? You don’t want the people in hospital, you don’t let... Read more »
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Olympic Event, no. 1

  How to Train for the Olympic ticket lottery Everyone knows about the skills needed to be an Olympic athlete, but think of the attendees–for there are skills necessary to win the opportunity to buy tickets of the modern Olympics. Computer skills. For us it began in the summer of 2011 when our UK based daughter Jennie... Read more »

Thanks to NHS in UK

The mold, endemic. So I do have issues in UK. But hey, climate change may make it Arizona of Europe so this too could change. But when the cold from a grandson became the asthma attack of my lungs, I whipped out my travel meds to deal with it. Whoops. Though I’d brought all my... Read more »

Church of the Holy Gun (sponsored by the NRA)

Sitting in the Globe Theatre in London UK to see Richard III, it crossed my mind. What if we were in an American theater? Bang bang, and many of us would die. The first thing to cross my mind was to throw myself on my mid30 year old daughter. For the bench, backless seating of... Read more »
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Nude Naked after NATO STILL

Denuded of the post boxes in the South Loop around 18th and S. Calumet/S. Indiana before NATO, we waited patiently for their return. Still no post boxes. Hard to support the USPS w/o post boxes. Called the local post station at 20th and State. Told, “we are doing a study.” No boxes till then? WHAT?????... Read more »
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    TIMELINE June 1972 to June 1973---Candace moves to Lima (Peru)----- June 1973 to May 1974---Candace and The Husband live in Glendale AZ----- May 1974 to August 1974---Living in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)----- September 1974 to May 1975---Living in Aberdeen SD----- May 1975 to July 1979---Living in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)----- July 1979 to June 1980---Living in Asuncion (Paraguay)----- June 1980 to September 1980---Living in NYC----- September 1980 to November 1982---Living in Connecticut----- November 1982 to January 1983---Living in Ponce, Puerto Rico (USA)----- February 1983 to July 1986---Living in Willemstad, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)----- July 1986 to July 1989---Living in Guayaquil (Ecuador)----- July 1989 to July 1995---Living in Connecticut (yes, again)----- July 1995 to August 2001---Living in Mexico City (Mexico)----- August 2001---Return to Gringolandia (a.k.a. United States of America)----- I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew I met a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, fell in love and moved to Peru in the 1970s. WHAT an adventure it's been!! NOTE: I gave up Facebook, so apologies that I cannot answer any comments since it is only set up via FB.

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