Being British Is Easy, If You Live In a Castle: Being (Un)accepted as an American Expat

Dover Castle
When you move to a new country, people advise: “Immerse yourself.” Jump in - body and soul - and before you know, you’ll be local.  We moved to Britain a few years ago. Like any expat, I read the definitive account of British life to prepare myself: Voltaire’s Letter’s Concerning the English Nation. It was quite good (which is "British" for absolutely terrible). My problem is that I read about British life. I didn’t jump into it. I rectified this by getting trousered in a pub and befriending the Queen. Didn’t work. Still an American expat. I’d have to "jump in" more literally; clearly, I was going [...] Continue reading


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