British-to-American dictionary

I find differences in language and slang interesting and sometimes amusing.

While I was studying in England, I compiled a list of words I heard that were different from the ones I used and tried to incorporate them into my everyday vocabulary.

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Pancake breakfast in Cardiff

The best foods to try in Wales

For #foodiefridays, here are the best traditional foods to enjoy on your next trip to Wales. Just in case a jaunt over to the land of leeks isn’t on your itinerary anytime soon, recipes are linked so you can whip up hearty Welsh dishes in your own cegin (kitchen).

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Celebrating graduation with a proper Cadbury egg

Things I miss most about living in the UK

I lived and went to school in Norwich, England for five months last year, and I miss it a ton! Here are a few things I would take back home with me to Minnesota if I could. (Warning: this is not a deep post at all.)

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The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

Cheap things to do in London

London is expensive; I learned this after shelling out a painful £17 to visit Kensington Palace. Still, there are ways to explore the city without breaking the budget. Here are my top recommendations for things to do in London that cost little to nothing at all.

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Christmas in Wales

How to spend Christmas in the UK

Things to do in the UK at Christmastime

Merry Happy Christmas!

I spent last Christmas away from home traveling around England and Wales. It was truly magical! Here are some tips and ideas for things to do and see if you are visiting the UK during the holiday season.

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Twilight in Llangollen, Wales

The best towns to visit in North Wales

When I was planning my trip to Wales, I found myself sorting through a lot of forum posts and other random comments to figure out where the best places to visit were. Though my trip wasn’t long enough to create an extensive list of destinations in North Wales, here are the stops I think it’s most important to hit.

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Celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland

I decided to spend New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh, Scotland before I knew it was the site of one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the world—and learning that it was made me more excited, and nervous, than ever.

Hogmanay is the Scottish equivalent of Christmas anywhere else—it’s the holiday where they go all out. The event has historical roots, but what it means today, if you find yourself in Scotland for the New Year, is street parties, drinking, dancing, and enthusiastically ringing in the New Year in camaraderie with the rest of the country. While there are events and parties in other Scottish towns, Edinburgh is the place to be when the new year rolls in.

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