Shopping the British Way

by Zora O'Neill on November 7, 2011

I know I’m not breaking any new ground, travel-wise, here in rural England. But sometimes it’s just fun to marvel at how different a place can be just in terms of its regular day-to-day shopping. We hiked down to Blackbushe Market, which sounds twee because it has a little -e on the end, but is […]


England: First Impressions

by Zora O'Neill on October 17, 2011

I have never felt quite so much like I’m living in a movie than I do here in rural England. My previous experience in the U.K. consisted of a dreadful six months on a student work visa in 1994, during which I worked in London and managed to lose money. My then-boyfriend and I went […]


Queen Mary 2: Galley Pr0n

by Zora O'Neill on October 10, 2011

We thought maybe 30 people would show up for the tour of the main galley. Whoa, were we wrong–it was more like 300 people, and the line stretched down the hall and through the pub and back to the casino. What is so gripping about industrial food preparation? I know the output is generally bad, […]


Queen Mary 2: Pro Tips

by Zora O'Neill on October 3, 2011

Last week’s post was all the philosophical wisdom one gains from a grand trans-Atlantic crossing. This week: the practical stuff, ie, Handy Tips for Younger Passengers, or What the Savvy Traveler (but Non-Cruiser) Needs to Know. 1) Book early. We booked in early summer for the first week in September, and at that time the […]