I recently visited England with my husband, Tom, where he was leading a retreat for some pretty cool folks who work with American teenagers in military families who live on military bases. I was the privileged one who got to tag along which allowed us a day visit to London, a quick trip to Oxford University and the home of CS Lewis (author of the Chronicles of Narnia series), and capped off with a delightful stay in an old country estate called Cloverly Hall. I loved pretending we were really staying at Downton Abbey.
I can easily admit I found myself in love with the English countryside and quaint villages with a town pub. I kept trying to envision what it was we could do to allow a family move across the pond.
A few things I observed about the English in my one week stay:
I loved stroking my new afternoon tea habit.
The word “squash” translates into juice or fruit juice (rather clever, I think).
The food is much higher quality in my humble opinion than in the US. Even the retreat center where we stayed put up this picture.
Insinuating that they are proactive in the GMO movement instead of letting the government dictate how patrons get to know what is really in their food.
The Heinz Ketchup in the UK contains sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup. You might have to pick your poison here, but I would prefer the sugar over the genetically modified mercury laden corn syrup.
Heck, even the yogurt I found at the grocery store was labeled” proper organic yogurt” from Yeo Valley Organic Farm. I kind of dig how they like to use the word “proper”.
The friends whom we visited told us of the compost pick up service that was just like garbage/recycle pick up. HOW COOL would that be- sure would cut down on the rats we invited when we had our own compost container in the back yard!
I was impressed with the better food choice overall, but sad to say many Englanders are heavy smokers which was rather unappealing!!!
The trade off, of course, with the good food and higher standards is the higher cost of living and cost of food in the UK. Might be hard for a family to eat well over there on lower living standards. Not sure how to reconcile all of that in my little brain, but thankful for the yummy food while we were there.
We really had an enjoyable time , even with the quick 6 day trip and 5 hour time difference. If you have ever flown to a different time zone, especially overseas, you know how sometimes jet lag or when the body’s circadian rhythm gets out of sync, can get the best of you. And particularly if you are traveling with children, you will want to be prepared! I like to avoid the prescription and over the counter medicines simply because there are some great natural remedies that can help you combat jet lag and get the circadian rhythm back on track. Here are some tips to get you ready to avoid jet lag!
If you want to learn more about homeopathy, be sure to check out my education page with a short video about homeopathy and cell salts, or podcast interview with Joette Callabrese, and if you want to know how to use it in kids for common ailments, check out our online class: A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies: Everything you need to know to treat your child’s illnesses at home.
I would love for you to share tips on jet lag that you have found helpful in traveling with kids! Please share below what has worked for you and your family!
Until next time… safe travels!