Tag: Americans abroad

U.S. Citizen Unnatural Deaths Around The World

U.S. Citizen Unnatural Deaths Around The World

My fellow Americans, as we know the summer travel season is now well underway: Turns out Americans die abroad much the same ways as at home. Most non-natural deaths are not a consequence of terrorism or war. Other than in certain places, they are due mostly to accidents and suicides. At that State Department page, … Continue reading U.S. Citizen Unnatural Deaths Around The World

Destination Bulgaria

Destination Bulgaria

And people wonder from where novelists get material? The ex-husband of a friend of my wife's is buying a house in Bulgaria. He's planning to move there permanently (it's not a holiday home) in early August. It's "Melvin." Naturally, relocating to Ukraine didn't happen. Now, out of the blue, it's Bulgaria. I bumped into "Melvin" … Continue reading Destination Bulgaria

An American Embarrassment Is “Concluded” Too

Please pardon a very serious post, but I wish to address this in one "summation" and be done with it. You may know by now that one Amanda Knox of Seattle, Washington, has had a successful appeal in Italy's highest court. Her murder conviction has been quashed. As no further appeal by the prosecution is … Continue reading An American Embarrassment Is “Concluded” Too

In So Many Words

In So Many Words

Commenting on my "Marathon Man" post in which I'd shared an extended look at the rough draft of a scene, Naseer wrote: Interesting to note how Americans are when they meet each other in foreign climes, be it Paris or Kathmandu (Said with affection) Your writing adds a lot of colour. I get impression colour … Continue reading In So Many Words

Sneak Peek: Marathon Man

Sneak Peek: Marathon Man

I am dreading this "writing streak" drying up. I had another "productive" day yesterday, when I finished a draft chapter. It features "James," "Isabelle" and "Béatrice" in something of a light-hearted situation. It also includes an unexpected reference to "Uncle Bill." After all, when you are connected personally to someone "famous," well, you never know … Continue reading Sneak Peek: Marathon Man

“Don’t look into their eyes! You’ll be turned into stone!”

I don't like to talk U.S. party politics here, really (as you know, it's about writing and expats, etc.); but this is interesting in terms of media. And it this isn't just an Americans' issue. It's also an international one given how U.S. domestic politics can resonate around the world: I don't watch Fox News … Continue reading “Don’t look into their eyes! You’ll be turned into stone!”

Santa’s Political Leanings

Always politics. Everything's political. Now, there's evidently a debate in the U.S. over whether Santa Claus is a Republican or a Democrat: Hold on. Actually, that question is immaterial until we ascertain his citizenship. Is he even a U.S. citizen? If he is, he may be registered to vote in his last state of residency, … Continue reading Santa’s Political Leanings

What Happened To Bobby?

Yesterday afternoon, an episode of Escape to the Country came on the BBC. In the background, we heard one of the househunting couple's children's names: "Hatcher." With that, the fun began: • Me: "There must be an American in this couple. Boys names in the U.S. have become ridiculous in recent years. Only an American … Continue reading What Happened To Bobby?

When Americans Meet

When Americans Meet

Yesterday, I discussed romance at 39,000 ft over the Atlantic. Today, we return to earth. Uh, "foreign" ground, to be specific. Since Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, oh, and John and Abigail Adams (geez, never leave out John Adams, or he goes volcanic), Americans in Europe have provided storylines in countless books and films. Tourists … Continue reading When Americans Meet

Accents

Yesterday's post was pretty serious. And maybe too heavy - even bordering on depressing. How about something lighter? 🙂 A few years ago, I shared an office when I was working in a London college. Once I answered a colleague's phone when she'd been away from her desk. On the other end was a woman … Continue reading Accents