Postcards From Across the Pond

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Postcards From Across the Pond
Michael Harling was born and grew up in rural, upstate New York. He's an accomplished writer and now resides in Sussex, England!
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  • Glory, Glory 3 months ago I have been living in Britain for over sixteen years now, and in my earliest days here, I heard about an ice cream concoction called a Knickerbocker Glory. It was, they told me, the ultimate childhood treat, a combination of ice cream, whipped cream, sauces, sprinkles and other yummy stuff served...
  • My Name is Michael 3 months ago I’ve just had what you might call an intervention.I guess I was in denial. You know the tune: I’m not dependent on it, I’m just a casual user, I can quit any time. It’s a comfortable little lie to live inside of, until something happens…So, yeah, this morning, my Smartphone broke.I...
  • Practice Retirement 3 months ago My wife begins her retirement today. Sort of.She’s actually been off for the past four days, but that doesn’t count because it was the Easter Holiday weekend and she’d have had it off anyway. Also, she’s not really retired, she’s just sampling the life of leisure to see if it suits her....
  • First World, Third Age, Thirteenth Trip 4 months ago Years ago, before the notion of leaving the States occurred to me, if someone had said to me that, one day, I would be sitting on the quay-side, in Malta, gazing over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and thinking to myself, “I liked Cyprus better,” I, literally, could not have believed them. It...
  • The Perfect Storm 4 months ago I freely admit to being a Weather Weenie. I proudly tell people I haven’t had to clear the snow from my roof in 16 years, and I respond to complaints about Britain’s famously dreary weather with the boring but true observation of, “I don’t have to shovel drizzle.” The idea of spending...

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Expat Mum
15:36 PM October 27, 2012

I love reading Mike's blog as he talks about things that I would never even know about - like "herfing in the rain". His wry sense of humo(u)r makes every post that much more entertaining too.

Michelle | The American Resident
09:54 AM November 02, 2012

Mike's writing captures an essence of expat life that is different from most expat blogs. He writes as a happily surprised participant in his host culture--there is always something around the corner that delights him, whether a small discovery or a large experience. He is optimistic but balanced, he never gushes but never complains so loudly that the reader wants to click away. I find myself frequently nodding in agreement at his cleverly worded insights, knowing I could never have phrased it so well myself. A fantastic writer!

Smitten By Britain
14:18 PM November 02, 2012

As you can read from the blog excerpts above Mike is one of the funniest writers around. I sound like a broken record now but I always refer to him as the new Bill Bryson which I'm sure he never tires of hearing. I've read two of Mike's books and met him in person- all three were real treats. I've passed his books along to my friends because they are so funny and relatable and so is his blog! I used to be an expat in England so I find myself reminiscing about that time thru Mike's blog posts. If you want an authentic taste of expat life, read Postcards from Across the Pond.

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