Category Archives: Chicago

Adventures with a baby 3: Halloween

What do a pirate, a monkey, a giraffe, a ladybird, a peacock, Micky and Minnie Mouse and a lobster have in common? That’s right. They are not remotely scary. Here is how two innocent Brits managed to misunderstand American Halloween … Continue reading

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Signs

Look at the picture above. We have a street corner in suburban Evanston. There are three trees along one side of the road, some bushes, a bit of grass, a drinking fountain, two benches and a boulder with some kind … Continue reading

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Adventures with a baby 2: Wiggleworms

Once upon a time I scoffed at parents who took their babies to music classes. ‘Hothousing idiots,’ I thought. ‘Why would you try to force a baby to learn music when they can barely move their hands?’ And then I … Continue reading

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Chicago in books: board books

A few months ago, baby A was insisting on having her first nap of the day sleeping against my chest, and one of the few things I could do was read. So I read Granta 108, the Chicago issue, which … Continue reading

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Adventures with a baby 1: the Art Institute of Chicago

It was my birthday on Monday, and I decided the best way to celebrate was by going on a solo expedition with baby A involving long trips on public transport with dubious lift access. Yes – we were going on … Continue reading

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In suburbia

We live in Evanston, the first suburb outside Chicago on the North Shore. Before we moved here, I couldn’t quite get to grips with the American concept of a suburb.  I thought of a suburb as, say, Hampstead in London, … Continue reading

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Sunday night TV

Expat life, at least the way I’ve been living it, seems to be a neverending zigzag between embracing your new home and missing the old one.  And Sunday night on PBS – the channel paid for by public funds and … Continue reading

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