Americana

It's a funny thing, patriotism.

I'm normally the last person to call myself a patriot, but since moving abroad I've found that my levels of fondness for my homeland have increased. Some of this is a case of absence making the heart grow fonder and some of it is seeing your country from the outside, learning how others see it, and noticing how your feelings have the ability to change after having that outsider's view. 

 

Last week, I saw Lord Huron perform in London. They're a talented band who puts on a great show and I came away a bigger fan than I was going in.

But one thing about Lord Huron is their slightly ironic, but mostly genuine, take on the American West. They all wore khaki, denim, and chambray (though I doubt a proper cowboy would be familiar with the term chambray ). The lead singer  with his "aw shucks" demeanor wore a cowboy hat which he tipped often, and the backdrop was an image of rolling hills. And standing there, in dark, booze-filled bar on a freakin' cold and rainy spring night in London, I was glad to call myself American and tip my (metaphorical) hat right back.

Lately in London

I'm now approaching my 6-month mark of living as an American expat in London, and the whole thing feels like a flurry of emotions. Some have been good, and some have been bad, but on the whole I'm so glad to be in this city and doing what I'm doing. And what has this expat been doing in London?

Travelling!

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

My former co-workers and forever pals, Regina and Jorge, came from New York to hang out...

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

and we all went to the New Forest...

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

...and saw some ponies...

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

After rollin' with the ponies, we had some beers at a very English B&B

Second Floor Flat—London

We found a lovely new flat (still Second Floor, natch) around the corner from an old cemetary...

Second Floor Flat—London
Second Floor Flat—London

..and did some really good eating, English-style...

Second Floor Flat—London

...and American-style

Second Floor Flat—London

And last but not least, I discovered the The Observer has a weekly New York Times pull-out. This makes me happier than you know.

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

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