I’m terrified of About Me sections because there is far too much pressure to sum my life up and prove to you that I’m likable, witty, intelligent, and worthy of your interest on one page. It’s like internet dating. I mean, I’ve never internet dated, but I’m guessing.


The basics are: I’m an American 20-something living just outside of London in a quaint English village that I previously thought only existed on the BBC.

I moved to London in 2012 on a CAPA study abroad program, and ending up loving the UK so much that I found every way (and visa) I could to come back. While an undergrad, I also did the API London and AIFS London programs, studying at UCL and Richmond, The American International University. Since then, I have also done BUNACs London Internship program and direct enrolled at the University of Westminster for my postgraduate degree.

Now, not only am I navigating the absurdity of post-grad life (you mean I have to actually find a real job and not just go to lectures in my pajamas?), but I’m doing it in a foreign country, which is both exciting and nerve-wracking.

This blog is about my life in the UK and travels abroad, not because I am oh-so-interesting, but because I think it is probably a good idea to write about my experiences so that I can look back on them in the future and laugh at myself and the things I’ve gone through. I’m also always happy to answer questions about my experience studying in London or living as an American in the UK, so feel free to get in touch or share with anyone you know who has questions. I am a wealth of useless knowledge on the expat American life and instantly like anyone who lets me talk about it.


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20 Responses

  1. matt says:

    Thanks for following my blog! I’ve returned the favor and look forward to reading more.

  2. Wendi Reamy says:

    Thanks for following my blog. I see you’ve already met my husband, Matt. We plan to move to Germany in a few years, so I look forward to learning from your experience living in Europe.

    • Of course! I’m glad he shared, as I’m enjoying reading about your own experiences and outlook on life! My mom’s family is from Colorado Springs, and I hope you continue to enjoy it. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. Its great to know about you and read your blogs. As you said you are the wealth of useless knowledge on expat American life so what I’m going to ask is bit lame. I can’t believe I’m doing this. I know Americans only through newspaper or FRIENDS. As great lover of this T.V serial I just want to know if Americans are really such jolly and open. And one more why do you people make fun of UK english accent. This too is based on Friends. Whats the difference?
    Best wishes.

    • Thanks so much for reading! Really glad you’re enjoying. 🙂

      While of course you always have to add the disclaimer that this is a huge generalization of Americans, I would definitely say that Americans are open, and while obviously sitcom characters are over the top happy, Americans are often considered quite loud and extroverted by other cultures, so that’s probably true. I don’t know if it’s necessarily that Americans are more ‘jolly,’ but rather than Americans are expressive and not afraid to be a bit over the top.

      On the whole, Americans LOVE the British accent and could listen to it forever (again, huge generalization but still). It sounds really smooth to us and the words and sounds seem to flow a lot better than an American accent. But of course everyone may ‘make fun’ of other accents at time that sound different to how you speak, so I’m sure that’s all Friends was getting at.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Evgenia says:

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. You can find details here- https://theannetteroom.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/versatile-blogger/.
    There’s no pressure to accept this nomination but it is my way of thanking you for sharing such an awesome blog.
    Evgenia xx

  5. Nice to meet you! I like your blog

  6. I can’t wait to read more of your blog. I visited England in 2010 and have wanted to go back ever since. I am really wanting to live there. Your posts will be like going back home, I am sure!

  7. badfish says:

    found you through Tiny Expats…coool blog! I may share my world in December??

    • girlgonelondon says:

      Thanks so much for reading! Would definitely love if you joined up in December. It’s my first one hosting so I’m hoping people will participate so I don’t look lonely! Can’t wait to read it..:)

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