Meet the Husband’s best mate from England, Chris!


Don’t they look like brothers?  Maybe it’s the beard and red hair… πŸ™‚


Our morning started off with a wonderful ride on the Underground to the Liverpool station, which I remember from our last trip.   Hello, Liverpool station!


Side note:  High heeled black boots = worst idea ever.  I didn’t think we’d be doing much walking today (hahaha) and now my puppies are barkin’.


I got a tea with milk to warm me up.  It was 7 degrees Celsius today, which is “really freakin’ cold” in Fahrenheit!


We walked to the Husband’s sister’s friend’s (David) flat to exchange keys.  We are doing an apartment/flat swap with David for the second half of our trip… David is going to America, and we get to save major money on hotels by staying at his lovely flat.


David’s place is in an “interesting” part of town.  We’ve been warned not to wander around late at night, looking vulnerable and touristy.  Eck!


After meeting David, we met up with Chris, who took us to a local pub in an area of town called Hoxton Square for drinks and eats.  This pub was totally MY kind of place… funky, mismatched furniture, good beer, and a decent bar menu.



In addition to a cider and a beer, I ordered a cheese and roasted red pepper sandwich…


Chris, the Husband, and I split these “chips“… also known as fries!  I don’t know what the British people do to their chips, but they are stellar and definitely worth every single greasy bite.


Funny thing happened to me when I ordered the food from the bartender…. NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME IN ENGLAND.  I don’t know if they just expect me to be English, and then I open my mouth and have a screamin’ Southern accent, or what… But seriously, no one understands me.  Now I know how the Husband feels in America!


Operation Beautiful in the bathroom:


After lunch, we headed back to Chris’ flat for some more beers…  Obviously, the “try not to drink too much on vacation” vow is not going TOO well.  πŸ˜‰


The Husband is struggling, too.  πŸ™‚


I’m sure we’ll be tired of beer… tomorrow.  Or maybe on Tuesday.


We randomly decided to go bowling….


The Husband had the home-field advantage and whooped me BOTH times!  I can’t even win at bowling when we’re abroad… it’s just not fair!


Operation Beautiful in the bowling alley:


And after two games, we grabbed a thin crust vegetarian pizza in SoHo.


Annnnd then we rode the Underground back to our hotel, where I collapsed in bed with my laptop, and that is where you’ll now find me.  πŸ™‚


Tomorrow, we are traveling by train to a town called Swindon to meet the Husband’s grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins, and godchildren, and then we are going to Bath, a quaint town for some rest and relaxation.


See you in Bath!


Do you think you have an accent?  What’s your favorite accent to listen to?



  • Devon December 27, 2009, 5:39 pm

    Funny story: When Hubby took me to Disney for X-mas 2 years ago, I said “My dogs are barking!” and he had never heard that expression. He still teases me to this day about it. Good to know you use that expression too, and I’m not alone!

    But the tall black boots look cute!

  • Marissa December 27, 2009, 5:44 pm

    I love all of the vegetarian options they have over there! Looks like bowling was a lot of fun!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 27, 2009, 5:46 pm

    They could most definitely pass for brothers. Once again, it looks like your trip is going wonderfully!

  • Fit Lizzio December 27, 2009, 5:49 pm

    an attractive guy with a south african accent is the best πŸ™‚

  • Anna December 27, 2009, 5:51 pm

    Oh man, I feel your pain. Even though everyone in Kenya speaks English, no one could understand me because I didn’t speak “Kenyan” English. They pronounce every single letter! Not good for a word-slurring American like myself. Glad you’re having fun in the UK- I’ll be in London for my spring break in March!

  • Sana December 27, 2009, 5:59 pm

    πŸ™‚ My Indian accent only kicks in when I am talking to my parents- my indian friends are shocked!

  • teacherwoman December 27, 2009, 6:00 pm

    I am from ND… I am sure I have an accent.. but the Fargo accent that most people think of is actually a Northern Minnesota accent…. πŸ™‚

    Looks like you guys are having a superb time! AWESOME!

  • Mrs. Muffins December 27, 2009, 6:00 pm

    All that food looks so yummy! I have a bit of an accent… but it’s a mix of southern Ohio and southern California! My hubby on the other hand, being in the military and around so many different cultures, he has his own eclectic accent! πŸ™‚

  • Erin December 27, 2009, 6:01 pm

    Enjoy Bath — it’s absolutely gorgeous but wear your comfy shoes because you’ll be doing lots of walking.

    I don’t really have an accent living in the mid-Atlantic but there were a couple times people haven’t understood me overseas, mostly in Australia. I’m pretty good at understanding accents, though. πŸ™‚

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) December 27, 2009, 6:04 pm

    at my new home in the south i have a yankee accent. back home in illinois i have a southern accent. i just can’t win. i get called out everywhere i go.

  • RhodeyGirl December 27, 2009, 6:05 pm

    Your husband looks SO happy in all of these photos. You two look like you are having the time of your life yay!!

    I started lifting hard core two weeks ago (after posting my before and afters and realizing what’s missing: strength training! I’ve gotten lazy with all the running we’ve been doing, but no more!!!!

  • Becca December 27, 2009, 6:06 pm

    Glad to see that you had fun today. My fav accent on a guy would have to be a Bostonian Accent its so cute

  • Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar December 27, 2009, 6:11 pm

    Glad you’re having a good time. I wish I could swap apartments with someone in England, ha.

  • Lee December 27, 2009, 6:13 pm

    I don’t think I have an accent. I’m from DC and there really isn’t a DC accent. My fiance, however, is from South Carolina and definitely has a Southern twang, although I don’t hear it anymore when he talks.

  • Dori December 27, 2009, 6:22 pm

    So funny about no one understanding you! When I went to London 6 years ago, I remember reallyyyy playing up my NY accent for some reason!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 27, 2009, 6:29 pm

    Your outfit is HOT! And yes, they do look like brothers.

    And gosh, I hope I don’t have an accent. There is nothing worse than Pittsburghese.

  • Maya December 27, 2009, 6:30 pm

    It would be SO cool if you did a video with your husband I’d love to hear his accent!

    • Ashley December 27, 2009, 7:14 pm

      me too! it must be funny to live in Florida with an English accent

    • Kate G. December 27, 2009, 8:58 pm

      agreed that would be really cool!!

  • Nicole December 27, 2009, 6:31 pm

    I love British accents! I think I do have a slight southern accent, but that’s only because I’m from Chicago and apparently USED to talk like a Chicagoan. Looks like you guys are having a blast, and I’ll bet your pups are barkin’! Ouch! The boots are really cute, though…have fun!

  • Morgan December 27, 2009, 6:32 pm

    Your trip looks incredible so far!

    I have a terrible Midwestern accent ( very nasaly and unattractive!) when I was in college my first roommate could not understand a word I was saying.

  • Katy December 27, 2009, 6:32 pm


    Don’t mean to laugh at you, but when Lucas and I went to London for our honeymoon, I decided looking cute was more important than comfort. I wore heels and regretted it every step. I ended up in sneakers for the rest of the 2-week trip because I had such bad blisters!

    I am having a blast vacationing “with” you both — makes me want to go back so badly!

    P.S. the bowling shot of you is STUNNING

  • Evan Thomas December 27, 2009, 6:32 pm

    British accents entirely. I’ve heard Emma Watson speak in person and probably could have died right there and been happy

  • Karla December 27, 2009, 6:35 pm

    I love accents! I’m from California so I don’t really think Californians have a distinct accent (except maybe valley girl??? but still I don’t talk like that haha)

  • meagan December 27, 2009, 6:41 pm

    I am from Texas and can, especially when tired, have an extremely thick Southern and/or Texas accent. Mostly hybridized Southern/Texas.

    I love the Scots and Irish accents. They make me melt…

  • Mackenzie @ The College Authentic December 27, 2009, 6:41 pm

    HAHAHAHA! I literally laughed out loud about no one understanding you. I’m a bit of a linguistic dork so I love all kinds of accents. I’m actually kind of a accent chameleo, I’m known for changing my accent whenever the mood arises so it can be kind of useful, but to my roommates it’s kind of weird πŸ™‚

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 27, 2009, 6:48 pm

    I sadly don’t have one (weird considering I grew up partially in NY), but I love accents, esp British ones!

  • TanyaS December 27, 2009, 6:56 pm

    I worked phone support on a helpdesk and I loved whenever our client from the Cayman Islands called. Trouble was I was so intent on enjoying her accent, I never really listened to what she was saying!

    I always wondered if she thought the same thing about talking to us Canadians!

  • Saima December 27, 2009, 6:58 pm

    oh accents–lets not go there!! hehe….i was born in India, brought up in England and the middle East…then moved to Canada…now am doing my masters in a SMALL town in rural PA….i’ve been told they have to ‘listen’ to me carefully when i talk here!! bleghhhh….in Toronto everyone has some sorta accent so we’re better ear-trained…nobody has to really pay attn!

    • Ashley December 27, 2009, 7:16 pm

      what town in PA? near Erie?

      • Saima December 27, 2009, 8:29 pm


        • Ashley December 27, 2009, 10:46 pm

          i might get my master’s there as well πŸ™‚

    • Andrea December 29, 2009, 11:50 am

      WOW! That’s so funny because I graduated from Clarion University. But I was born and raised in Western PA but I live in NJ and EVERYONE says I have an accent.

      Caitlin – does your husband have a thick English accent?

  • Sam December 27, 2009, 6:58 pm

    I know I keep saying this, but I love seeing England on your blog! For the first time since I started reading almost a year ago I can relate to all the places you’re going to and the things you’re seeing! Bath is lovely…Swindon not as much! Hehe. It’ll be nice to see family though. Can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip.

    I guess my accent is standard South of England. I love the Welsh and Newcastle accents!

  • sarah (ghost world) December 27, 2009, 7:00 pm

    love british accents, and wish i had a southern one! you didn’t sound supersouthern to me but maybe my ears are just used to a little bit of a twang from being in NC the last 8 years.

  • Laura December 27, 2009, 7:01 pm

    I remember being shamelessly teased by my American cousin for my British accent- and she was staying in England with us πŸ˜‰ Evan, while you might like Emma Watson’s accent, very few Britains sound like that- check out the cockney, Yorkshire or Norfolk accent- some of them even I can’t understand. My Dad comes from Gloustershire- fairly near Bath Caitlin- and he sounds like something from a cartoon! I’d really agree with your husbands friend- round Shoreditch isn’t so safe, but then most of London isn’t, I used to live off the Murder Mile in N London. I LOVE LOVE Irish accents- really can’t be anything better. Snow on Tueday! Have you had any stout/bitter yet?

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated December 27, 2009, 7:06 pm

    I’ve seen a couple of your videos and I don’t think your accent is so bad – how funny! : ) Have fun in Bath! I was there a few years ago, and it definitely seemed like a great place for some R&R – very quiet and beautiful. I happened to wander into a grocery store there and had so much fun looking around!

  • Harriet December 27, 2009, 7:11 pm

    I didn’t think i had a very distinct accent but then i talk to some friends in America and get told i have a really strong british accent! I think it’s hard to hear your own acccent.
    Irish accents all the way, particularly a southen irish accent. Also scottish accents, ah!

    Again your trip sounds amazing and LOTS of snow forecast for tuesday!!

  • Julie December 27, 2009, 7:12 pm

    At least you looked wicked cute and stylish in the boots! Beauty = pain.

    I have a Boston accent like whoa. It used to be real bad when I still lived in Boston, but since moving to the ‘burbs in high school I’ve lost it a bit. It makes me insecure when people comment on how I say specific words (cah, pahk, watah) so I try to pronounce my “r’s” sometimes so I won’t get teased. I find I always do this around out-of-towners. πŸ™ Why am I so lame?!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 27, 2009, 7:13 pm

    I grew up in West Texas, but never really had too much of an accent (or so I thought). Apparently I do have a little “twang” though! I love having an accent though, it makes me feel special πŸ™‚ My favorite accent to listen to is BY FAR Australians…they sound so free and easy and effortless (and sexy πŸ˜‰

  • Kathleen December 27, 2009, 7:16 pm

    I just wanted to say that you look *slammin’* in those boots! Hope your tootsies feel better soon! I’m so glad you’re sharing your experiences because I love reading about the yummu vegetarian eats, the sights, what you’re doing! It’s exciting!

    I heart listening to Irish and Scottish accents (can’t help it…makes me wild) as well as New Zealand/Aussie. Apparently I have a pretty accentless accent (as a linguistics minor, that sounds vague, even to me) but I am from MN so I probably have some MN accent there πŸ™‚

  • Nancy December 27, 2009, 7:19 pm

    Try visiting Canada if you think 7 degree celcius is cold. Man oh man, I haven’t seen 4 degrees since September. It gets to -40 (yep, still celius). I’m thinkin’ of moving down south, no joke. So not a fan of cold weather πŸ™

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story December 27, 2009, 7:29 pm

    Wow! All of your posts have been so fab! πŸ™‚ I was born in Vermont but have lived in the South for most of my adult life (with a small stint in Philadelphia in my teenage years) so the people here (the south) think I sound like I’m “not from around these parts” and the people up north think I sound like a southern bell. I’m not sure what kind of accent that is exactly but that’s what I have. πŸ™‚

  • Wendy December 27, 2009, 7:54 pm

    I’m from Missouri – smack in the middle of the country – and I don’t think I have any sort of accent. However, when I lived in Georgia, the one secretary at my work, who had a THICK southern accent, could barely understand MY accent! I guess it just depends on your perspective.

    I LOVE southern & Australian accents. πŸ™‚

  • Jenna December 27, 2009, 8:20 pm

    bar and sandwich looks delish!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) December 27, 2009, 8:23 pm

    That’s so cool you can stay at a friend’s while you’re there! While those boots might be uncomfortable, they are super cute!
    I live in Central Illinois, so I don’t really think I have an accent – the typical TV news anchor accent I guess.

  • Stephanie December 27, 2009, 8:31 pm

    Love, love, love the British accent. It makes everything sound far more witty!
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  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 27, 2009, 9:06 pm

    I sadly have an accent that is a mismatch of all the different places I’ve lived. Even my spanish accent is a mismatch because my HS teacher was mexican, my college professors were mostly Costa Rican and Castillian. I get funny looks when I speak spanish.

    My favorite accent to listen to is a Castillian Spanish accent. So romantic.

  • Jenny December 27, 2009, 9:14 pm

    Right before I scrolled down, I was going to say that the husband and Chris could be brothers!

    Looks like y’all had a fantastic time today! I suppose I have a southern accent (as a Mississippian haha) but I actually do like British accents a lot.

  • anon December 27, 2009, 9:39 pm

    yes, a philly accent πŸ™‚

  • Rosey Rebecca December 27, 2009, 9:53 pm

    My parents grew up in Queens, NY. My boyfriend always tells me I have a Queens accent but I don’t hear it at all. I love British accents!

  • Christie December 27, 2009, 10:04 pm

    I have lived in Georgia all my life so I have a southern accent. I work in a phone job where I talk to people all over the USA and I am able to minimize my accent at work but at home it really comes out!

  • Ally December 27, 2009, 10:22 pm

    I was born in Canada but have lived in Australia for years…so I have a hybrid accent that is SO FRUSTRATING. Every time I meet someone new..
    “Where’s the accent from?”
    “Oh, how long have you been here for?”
    “Err…18 years…”

    Then I have to explain..”oh my parents have thick accents, etc. etc.”. So annoying!

  • Michele December 27, 2009, 10:33 pm

    People always tell me I talk weird. πŸ™ My mom is from Connecticut, and I live in Michigan right on the Canadian border. It’s a weird mix, I guess, because people are always making fun of the way I talk.

  • Janice @ O.S.M.B. December 27, 2009, 10:42 pm

    Love your blog (for some time now) and LOVE those boots! Where did you get them??? I’ve wanted a pair for a couple years but can’t seem to find ones that are perfect…

    Happy Holidays!

    • caitlin December 28, 2009, 1:32 am

      from macy’s (and they are fake suede and thus vegetarian friendly!)

  • Christy December 27, 2009, 11:33 pm

    I don’t think I have an accent but people have told me that I do… odd! And I love southern accents… not redneck, just a little southern twang πŸ˜€

  • Sara December 27, 2009, 11:34 pm

    New York born and raised, with the accent to prove it!

    While I’m clearly partial to one accent (ha), I’ve developed an affection for dialectic expressions. A college friend from Minnesota turned me on to “hot dish” (instead of casserole), and my personal favorite is the British expression for rain jacket- “macintosh.” Does your husband say that? Is it a widespread British thing or maybe confined to one area?

    • caitlin December 28, 2009, 1:32 am

      hahah nope, never heard macintosh! i’ll have to ask him.

      • Janessa ( December 28, 2009, 2:13 am

        I remember in my Beatles-obsessed years wondering what a ‘mac’ was and upon research, learned it was short for Macintosh, which does indeed mean raincoat.

        There’s a line in Penny Lane:

        “On the corner is a banker with a motorcar
        The little children laugh at him behind his back
        And the banker never wears a mac
        In the pouring rain…
        Very strange”

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 27, 2009, 11:36 pm

    Haha I saw your boots and I was thinking to myself how in the heck you walked all over town in those! The first day I arrived in London I had to repeat myself to EVERYONE. It was as if I was speaking Russian!

    Have fun in BAHHHHHHTH!!!!

  • Jolene ( December 28, 2009, 12:55 am

    I don’t think I have an accent at all … but I think you do πŸ™‚ Hehe. I like listening to most accents, except French.

    I wish it was 7 Celsius where I am … it is -30 C!!!

  • Janessa ( December 28, 2009, 2:09 am

    Your hubby’s friend is adorable!

  • Kris December 28, 2009, 5:39 am

    Well I’m from Sweden and Swedes usually have a horrible english accent. But I’ve lived in Canada for two years before (west coast) so I guess I have kind of adopted a Canadian accent. From what I have heard anyways. πŸ™‚

    I love British, Irish and Aussie accents though.

  • Vera December 28, 2009, 6:13 am

    I yes, I do have an accent. I’m from the Czech Republic, my hubby is South African, I had Canadian ‘English’ teachers when growing up and I live in England… so it’s a mix of everything really. I still wonder how people CAN understand me. πŸ™‚
    I love southern accents. The ones from Texas are the best. I always imagine a glass of smooth whiskey whenever they talk.

  • Shaina December 28, 2009, 6:16 am

    Hi Caitlin

    I just happened upon your blog and wish I would have stumbled upon it sooner! I was just in London for the past four months and found some amazing vegan/vegetarian restaurants. If you happen to head back to London, Food for Thought in Covent Garden and Inspiral Lounge in Camden by the Camden markets are fantastic meatless places to eat! Also Jaques Fruit Cider is wonderful. Hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation!

  • Leo December 28, 2009, 6:28 am

    I’m French and my husband is from Texas. I don’t have much of an accent but my husband has a very thick one when he speaks french. More than that I think it’s the way he construct crazy sentences that cracks me up. He’s really adorable. You really have to get used to his way of speaking.

    BTW, one of our best friends looks just like your hubby and his english friend. Red heads with beards rock!!!!

  • Lynne December 28, 2009, 7:27 am

    I’m from the south of England. I don’t think I have a particularly strong accent, but my dad was from London and my mum from a fairly rural area of the south, so perhaps others might think I do… ! When I went to Glasgow, I had a really hard time understanding the accent.
    Glad you’re having a great time – enjoy the beer! πŸ™‚

  • MelissaNibbles December 28, 2009, 8:56 am

    I’m from Boston and have an awesome accent.

    I want to go to that Dirty bar!

  • Bridget December 28, 2009, 9:14 am

    I just caught up on your whole London trip and it sounds awesome!! Makes me want to go!
    I don’t think I have an accent…even though I grew up 20min from Boston not many people in my town have the “boston accent”.

  • Adi ( December 28, 2009, 9:55 am

    If it were 7 degrees here, I’d run outside in a t-shirt and declare it summer! πŸ™‚

    YES, those two could be brothers!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  • Courtney December 28, 2009, 10:13 am

    I have a total midwestern/valley girl accent. =D But British accents are my fav πŸ˜‰

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 28, 2009, 10:17 am

    I never think that I have a Southern accent, but everyone informs me that indeed I do.

    Love that pic of your hub and his bff– they could be twins! Have fun in Bath!

  • Ellen Collis December 28, 2009, 10:22 am

    Being a KY girl living in NYC, I’m always reminded by others that I have an accent! I really don’t think it’s that strong (especially because I’m not a “yes ma’am, no sir” type of Southern gal), but others seem to think so. My favorite accent is my boyfriend’s…his a Brit, too! I’m so jealous you’re in England over the holidaysÒ€”I’ve only been in the summer time.

  • Lauren December 28, 2009, 10:27 am

    I am loving reading about your trip. It looks fantastic. It makes me miss London (I went there a few years ago and loved it!) Have fun with the family!

  • Diana December 28, 2009, 10:37 am

    The heels may have been painful but at least you got a good photo out of them – you look fab!

    I live in the south (Charlotte) but I’ve been told that I don’t have any accent. People seem to think I’m from the West. Weird!

  • Whit December 28, 2009, 10:41 am

    You look so freaking chic in your little boots there! I love.

  • Jenna December 28, 2009, 10:56 am

    Bowling looks fun! And im in love with your boots! I had to laugh though, since you said 7 degrees C is cold , you could never survive here, where I live. It was -10 degrees C yesterday! πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run December 28, 2009, 10:57 am

    Looks like a great trip! I visited Bath and loved it! Have fun. Ohh and yes, I learned quickly when doing my term abroad in England that comfy shoes are a must – much like in NYC!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 28, 2009, 11:09 am

    You’re such a hottie in those boots! work it!

  • rungirlrunn December 28, 2009, 11:12 am

    What a great idea to swap places! I just love British and Australian accents. I don’t think I have an accent, but I live 2 states south of where I grew up and people tell me I talk funny. I think I’ve started picking up a few southern characteristics though πŸ˜‰

  • Samantha December 28, 2009, 2:39 pm

    I think most Americans, regardless of region, feel they don’t have an accent – then they travel to a different region and all they hear about is their accent. xD I’m Californian, with Midwestern parents, so I know I have a tendency to pronounce my “a’s” with a Midwestern twang, and it gets worse when I visit family in the Midwest – but all my relatives tease me about my Californian accent! xD

    As for accents I love, I could never get sick of a French accent. Le sigh.

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 28, 2009, 3:21 pm

    Must be fun to take Operation Beautiful around the globe =)

  • Aisha December 30, 2009, 4:47 pm

    Hey, not sure if you are going back to London, but if you are, try to go to the S&M cafe, it’s the sausage and mash cafe, they do vege options also, it’s around the corner from liverpool street station. There is also a lovely burrito place just near there also, my uni is quite near so I explore that area a lot.
    I’m so glad you love london and try asking an american for the loo, it is not pretty, when I went they did not understand me at all, just awwed over my accent.
    It is still freezing cold and it’s wonderful.

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