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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  • Fit For Purpose 4 days ago There is a saying being bandied about these days that I quite like. “Fit For Purpose,” or, more to the point of this post, “Not Fit For Purpose.”What it means it that the item or entity in question is not capable of performing the basic function it was designed for. The best example I can...
  • Living the Dream 2 weeks ago Today, I have a guest post, which is something I don’t believe I have ever done before (because, as we know, it’s all about me). But today, I am pleased to host Catherine Ryan Howard.I encountered Miss Howard years ago on the ex-pats-with-books-about-being-ex-pats circuit. I bought her books...
  • Impressions of America 3 weeks ago Now that we’ve got the big stuff out of the way, it’s time to talk about the minutia of our visit.This happened before we got to the US, but I wanted to share it with you.Heathrow airport: still the best place to get a £2,45 ($4.16) glass of water.Fist off, we arrived just after the biggest...
  • The State of the Nation 2 months ago Yeah, we visited my homeland last week, so it is now time for me to report on what I found.Before I begin, allow me to confirm that Americans are still the most welcoming, friendly and effusive people on the planet. They are large (my god, the amount of sugar those people go through) and loud (but...
  • Now That April's Here 2 months ago It’s raining right now. Beyond the droplets on my window pane I see skies the color of dirty cotton, and hear the wind, which I know to be from the north.Still, I am upbeat because spring — and all that comes with it — is well and truly here. Showery days aside (which, after all, is what...

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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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