Author Archives: Ruth Margolis

How to Bake Like an American: 10 Tips for Brits

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Perhaps you were known as the Muffin Queen back at your old British job. But when you pry open your Tupperware in your new American office, are your colleagues noticeably unimpressed? Maybe you need to start baking like a native.

10 American Sounds Brits Will Learn to Appreciate

"Ohh, he's so cute. AND helpful." Be warned, don't try and play with raccoons. (Thrifty Fun)

Open your ears and take in America’s distinctive hum, from the honking cars to the whooping at football games. Very soon, you’ll come to like—or at least understand—what you’re hearing.

10 British Sounds You’ll Miss When You Leave the UK

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When you leave the U.K., the soundscape changes dramatically. These are the noises you’ll be sad to bid farewell.

10 Brooklyn Things Every Expat Must Do

The Brooklyn Bridge provides a convenient way to get to Brooklyn from Manhattan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Gone are the days when “NYC” was code for “Manhattan”. New Yorkers—including a vast number of Brits—are shifting south and a little bit east towards the city’s second borough: Brooklyn.

One Year On: A British Mum’s Update on Raising an American Baby

Ruth and her soon to be one-year-old daughter Dalia enjoy a cuddle in the park.

“So, what kind of accent do you think she’ll have?” This is a favorite question of curious onlookers to expat parents. I get asked it at least once a week.

10 Things New Yorkers Can Learn From Londoners

The card was publicly launched on June 30 2003, transforming the way travellers paid to get around the capital. Around 60 million cards have been issued since then and more than 85% of all rail and bus travel in London is paid for using an Oyster card. (Dominic Lipinski/Press Association via AP Images)

The Big Apple and its residents get a lot of stuff right. But that’s not to say they can’t learn a few thing things from those fog-drenched, bowler hat wearing folk in that other great global city.

10 Things Londoners Can Learn From New Yorkers

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These rival cities are immeasurably fabulous. But they could both stand to make some changes, based on how the other operates. Here’s what London can do to make itself more like NYC—in a good way.

8 British Inside Jokes Americans Will Never Understand

"What are you doing today?" 
"Train-spotting"
"No, really?" 
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We Brits rarely blow our own national trumpet. But if pushed we will admit to having a wicked sense of humor. Foreigners have every right to be perplexed by the stuff we riff on—from gingers to horse meat.

8 Pointers For Brits Dating in America

You may find yourself on a day-time date with NO alcohol. (TAOM)

I may not have gone on a first date in over a decade but this much I know: dating in Britain happens at night. There’s alcohol involved.

10 American Smells Brits Will Learn to Love

Why does a hot dog smell and taste better when outside at a baseball stadium? (AP Photo/Scott Boehm)

To outsiders, the U.S. smells like more than just freedom. These are just some of the all-American scents every expat will come to adore. Or at the very least tolerate.