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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  • As IF 1 week ago Currently, I am sitting in Costa coffee, having a cup of tea (21 calories) after having had nothing but a glass of orange juice for breakfast (94 calories) and trying to not eat anything.I am, you see, on a diet. But it’s not my fault.I blame my wife.Unlike the female of the species, men are...
  • New Year Resolutions 3 weeks ago Here we are, with the first month of the new decade flying past us. (Or, depending when you’re reading this, having flown past us.). My hope for you is that, up to this point, you have not made any New Year’s Resolutions.You heard me right. New Year’s Day is the absolute worst time to make a...
  • 2020 Vision 1 month ago Years ago, when I was in my teens and early twenties, I used to muse on the upcoming new millennium, thinking that, if all went well, I would be able to see in the year 2000. I would, however, be an old man by then—45!—and the date was so, so far away that it didn’t warrant thinking about.It...
  • Winter is Coming 2 months ago As with Breaking Bad, every single season of Britain’s Got Talent and the OJ Trial, I managed to see not a single second of the phenomenon that was Game of Thrones.That’s quite an accomplishment, especially the OJ trial (you have no idea) and I was sorta proud of it. I am afraid, however, that...
  • America 3 months ago And so, we went to America.I think, this year more than any other, it became obvious that I no longer belong there. It’s as foreign to me as Britain was when I first fetched up on these shores. Everything is different. Everything is strange. And, aside from visiting my family and friends, there...

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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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