Tea at the Library

Like any good Anglophile, I love afternoon tea. I’ve enjoyed trying it at different hotels in Boston: the Ritz-turned-Taj, the Four Seasons, the Park Plaza. I’ve also had tea at L’Espalier and Upstairs on the Square (R.I.P.). I had been wanting to try tea at the Boston Public Library, but up until a year or […]

20–Year Love Affair

I realized the other day that I was wrapping up my semester abroad in England 20 years ago this month. I chose to study in England because I didn’t have proficiency in another language…and I’m convinced that I was destined to start a love affair with England. I went from studying at a small state […]

Give Me a Child until He Is Seven

…and I will give you the man. This is the premise of the British documentary series known as the “Up Series.” In 1964, an English television director chose fourteen 7-year-olds from different socioeconomic groups and different geographical areas of England and filmed them, intending to introduce people to the future laborers and executives of the […]

Adopting Customs

I was raised a tea drinker. Neither of my parents drank coffee at home, but my dad drank Lipton tea. Then I discovered coffee in high school, and it assisted me greatly in maintaining functionality during countless early mornings and late evenings throughout college. And then I went to England for a semester during my […]

Congrats to the Queen

Even though the temp outside is 79 degrees, I’m toasting Queen Elizabeth with a cuppa. Today she became the longest-reigning monarch of Britain.               Here are some fun facts about the Queen.