London Latte is having an identity crisis. Oh sure, I can think of plenty to write about over the last few weeks, but I am struggling with the tone and position of how to present my ramblings…and as I embark upon my own lifestyle changes, I’m supposed to consider my audience…as if ANYone other than my dear family is reading this anyway…
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I have just returned from what was supposed to be a glorious week away skiing during the kids’ Winter Half Term. Francophile husband (CSr), decided to try something new this year so we headed to Italy. The plan was to fly to Venice and drive north to the Dolomites, a mountain range in northeastern Italy in the South Tyrol province. Except I didn’t ski… Read more
Wow!!! Has it really been 2 weeks since I posted ANYTHING? Ooops!!! The back to work and back to school grind has sort of set in then I suppose…either that or nobody is reading this anyway and not missing much!
Anyway, I have quite a few funny stories to tell from a weekend in Hong Kong …yes, I did say weekend. Crazy right? Sort of… Read more
As much as I would never choose retail therapy for any ailment, I can definitely admit that I like a good treatment. Alternative therapies really made a difference after a serious injury 2 years ago. As part of my recovery, I went to a reiki massage therapist, a homeopath, an acupuncturist, an osteopath, and a physiotherapist (physical therapist). Manicurists and pedicurists fall under those ‘ists’ that I’m not really interested in but today, I have an appointment to have a facial…with a facialist (is that even a word?) Read more
Immediately I feel like an indignant schoolgirl, slouching my shoulders and sighing out of tedium while I write, ‘I will not chew gum in class’, on the blackboard 20 times. But I politely reply , ‘Well, I suppose it is because I was NOT BORN in London’. Think about it. Wouldn’t it seem a little bit odd if I actually DID have an accent? Sure, Madonna sounded like a Brit when she lived here and Gwyneth probably does now too, but what adult American moves to another English speaking country and HONESTLY develops an authentic accent? I can tell you, it is not a natural process. You have to come from that place – otherwise it just isn’t right.
I have lived in London for 14 years. But I was born in New York… in New York City…a lot longer than 14 years ago. My passport says United States of America (and another says Republic of Ireland, but that is another story) and my residence is in the United Kingdom. I AM American, and I sound like an American. Because I grew up in America.
But I am also a Londoner, even if I don’t SOUND like one, I think. I’m not normally self obsessed with these kinds of questions because, does it REALLY matter? But lately it has been bothering me because…