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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  • Taking the Challenge 6 days ago Yup, I caved. And pretty quickly, too. I first heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge only a few days ago. My daughter-in-law posted a video on FaceBook of her getting drenched by a bucket of ice-water and I was, naturally, mystified. After that, I kept seeing more and more of the same sort of video...
  • Now They Tell Me 2 months ago Yesterday, after 12 years and four months on this island, I discovered they don’t have canned corn beef hash here. I wish someone had told me about this sooner.I’m not saying it would have been a deal-breaker, but it might have encouraged me to come better prepared (perhaps instead of eight...
  • Taps 3 months ago Twelve years ago, when I first moved into this flat, one of the first things I did was put up a flag.I did this because I have always had a flag flying from any home I have lived in. I’m an American; it’s what we do. To be fair, I did know that I was going against the rules of my tenancy...
  • Joining the 21st Century 3 months ago This is what happened:A few weeks back we were out to dinner with some friends and they showed us photos of their new granddaughter by passing us their phone and having us scroll though a batch of images they had taken and/or downloaded. Needless to say, baby was beautiful and the proud parents...
  • Buying Back My Faith in Humanity 4 months ago Our front door was ‘upgraded’ a few days ago, and it really shattered my faith in humanity. It probably wouldn’t have been so traumatic if I hadn’t needed to replace my electric shaver the week before. Allow me to explain:My old shaver was great; it came with a handsome faux-leather...

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Website Reviews » There are 3 reviews on Postcards From Across the Pond

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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