Author Archives: Ruth Margolis

8 Instances When You Should Play Up Your Britishness in America

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It’s no secret that the merest murmur of a British accent turns the average American into a heap of delighted, obliging mush. So I say: use this to your advantage.

10 American Substitutes for British Grocery Staples

Brits are used to HP Sauce, but A1 can be a more than decent stand-in. (Better than slathering on ketchup.) (Photo via Mr. Breakfast)

So, you’re craving various foodstuffs from home but can’t track them down in the U.S. or bring yourself to pay five times what the product is worth in international shipping.

How to Fly With Kids: A British Expat’s Guide

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At some stage, we’ve all been the passenger in front of the child who’s decided his in-flight entertainment will be pummeling the back of your seat for seven hours with his tiny devil feet. And then there’s the baby a couple of ...

9 U.S. Vacation Destinations That Will Remind Brits of Home

Coney Island. (Photo: AP/John Minchillo)

Nowhere in America is an exact replica of any place in the U.K., architecturally or otherwise. But some spots provide a look or atmosphere that will remind you of home without the inconvenience of actually schlepping back to Blighty.

8 Situations When Brits Behave Differently from Americans

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Those of us who were born and raised in the U.K. have our own special, but not necessarily sensible, way of doing things.

Winter is Coming: How to Cope With the Cold, American Style

Expats are often unprepared for the intensity of American winters. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Unless you’re one of those lucky expat Brits basking in the bottom band of sunny states, winter in America is a serious business. It gets COLD. Like, penguins wouldn’t even live here kind of cold.

Brits in America: How to Set Up Home From Scratch

Whether your style is vintage (like above) or more modern, shopping for furnishings is the fun part of setting up your home. It's all of the other palaver that causes the headaches. (Photo: Creative Commons)

When I moved a third of the way round the planet, I wished I could bring the cosy London flat I’d just spent the last two years lovingly refurbishing with me. Setting up a comfortable, functioning home—again—is ...

How to Appreciate an All-American Halloween

Halloween can be a scary bit of fun, especially if you celebrate it with properly American exuberance. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Halloween in the U.K. is a scary affair, and not because of all the ghosts, witches and ghouls.

How to ‘Suck It Up’ Like a Brit

Dame Maggie Smith at her stoic Dame Maggie Smith-iest. (Photo: ITV/PBS Masterpiece)

If Britain was America’s therapist, we’d have been “let go” after the introductory session. While our two nations see eye-to-eye on many matters of substance, like imperialism and Downton Abbey, we simply can’t agree on how ...

7 Ways to Scrimp and Save in the U.S.

Instead of using trains, hitch a ride on the Dirty Dog. (Photo: Creative Commons)

America makes you want to spend money. Stuff somehow seems shinier, tastier and more appealing here, yet most expats arrive on a budget, fearful of dipping into their emergency slush fund. Fear not, Brits.