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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  • AFC 3 days ago They don’t happen as often as they used to, but when the do, they take up a fair amount of my day and usually end in disappointment. I’m talking, of course, about AFCs — American Food Cravings.This particular craving happened as I was returning home on the train this morning. The lunch hour...
  • Through a 21st Century Lens 2 weeks ago Hands up! Who sings in the shower?Thanks. Nice to know I am in such august company.I have been singing, both in and out of the shower, for many years. So many, in fact, that I am actually beginning to bore myself with my repetitious repertoire. And in order to add new material, I have to stretch my...
  • Capitulation 1 month ago The thieves have won.For those of you who are unfamiliar with the saga of Bike Number 1, Bike Number 2, and the acquisition and temporary disposition of Bike Number 3, you can go here for the full story. I’ll wait.Back? Okay, I will now remind you of what I said a few posts ago concerning this...
  • Toilet Troubles 1 month ago I'm having problems with my toilet. This is how it started:The extractor fan in the en suite bathroom began making a grinding noise and then stopped. And so, like any right-thinking individual would, I stood on the toilet seat to have a look at it, failing to take into account that household...
  • New Year Resolutions 2 months ago Ah, the New Year. I can tell it’s here because the telly is cluttered with ads for nicotine patches, work out videos, dubious home-exercise machinery and scenes depicting smiling, happy people doing smiling, happy things while sucking on a mixture of water vapour and propylene glycol.I wish them...

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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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