Tag: England

Bageriet: a Swedish Bakery in London? And why not.

Posted on
Oct 19, 2015
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Posted in: City Guide, Food

There is a banging noise coming from the courtyard outside, and the sky above London is grey. It all feels familiar, the early morning sounds and sights of a city I’ve come to know. We have friends here, we have favorite restaurants and shops; we’ve even stayed in this strange little hotel before, with its…

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Scenes from Wallingford Castle Meadows, England

Posted on
Sep 15, 2015
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Posted in: Random Musings

In England, we stayed in a little town called Wallingford, not far from where our friends were getting married. The village had its own castle, which I’m starting to believe is the European equivalent of a Dairy Queen. Every small town has at least one. It’s where the teenagers hang out when they’re bored and…

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Peveril Castle and Cave Dale, Peak District, England

Posted on
Sep 13, 2015
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Posted in: Attractions

When compared to the rich history that all but assaults you when you’re in England, Peveril Castle isn’t that interesting. Built by Henry II in 1176, it was one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses. It would change hands over the years, moving in and out of royal control. By the end of the fourteenth century,…

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How The Princess Bride Screwed Up My Love Life.

Posted on
Aug 31, 2015
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Posted in: Random Musings

A brief note of impending awesomeness: for the next few days, I will be rambling, sometimes coherently, sometimes not, about The Princess Bride. But Geraldine, you find yourself saying, isn’t this a travel blog? To which I will reply, enthusiastically, “OF COURSE IT SORT OF IS.”   And the payoff, travel-wise, is a rather big…

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History 225: Nuptials of Friends in Foreign Lands

Posted on
Aug 17, 2015
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Posted in: Personal Essay

I like watching history unfold. I am understandably fascinated by those moments that dominate the headlines, that will become fodder for essay questions in college classes a hundred years from now. The time we landed on the moon. The time communism fell. The time Obama was elected. My affections do not end there, limited to the…

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Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bakery, London

Posted on
Apr 23, 2013

– Do you remember the interstitial sketch from Monty Python where John Cleese would say, “And now for something completely different?” That seems like the perfect way to start off today’s post. Because today I am moving away from South Africa to tell you about the few brief days we spent in London. And I…

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