Monday, September 10, 2007

There's a New Sheriff in Town...Me!

Contrary to popular belief, I am not the new Sheriff of Norwich, in fact I don't even know if such a position exists, but I am the new Blogger for the Eastern Daily Press, England's largest regional newspaper, serving all of Norwich, Norfolk, and the rest of the East of England.

The basics for my new readers: I am a 22-year-old American, about to embark on a post-grad course at the UEA. I hail from New York and attended college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, where I blogged for The Daily Pennsylvanian and 34th Street Magazine...

Now for the nitty gritty:

I am excited to jump back into the blogosphere, mainly because I've learned so much in the week since I've arrived in Norwich. The people are friendly, the drinks flow steadily, and the weather has been absolutely perfect (lots of sun and in the 50s and 60s). I've been riding my bicycle (a Raleigh classic from the 1960s) up and down the streets of Norwich, getting lost in every which way, even with my city map. But the locals always assist me, sending me to the "top of the road" "over the fork" "down to the bottom of the road" and back again, because I don't know what these terms mean, though it is a priority of mine to figure it out soon.

Slowly, the lingo from this part of the world is coming back to me, as I haven't been in England since a fine Thanksgiving Week in November, 2005 when a dozen or so of my friends were studying abroad in London.

Though I'd like to make my blog controversial, I haven't had the opportunity for much controversy, as I've been trying to learn all I can about the town - but here are a couple of thoughts anyway:

Drinking and Driving

I've heard from my housemate Bradley that while riding a bicycle, you must follow all traffic laws, otherwise you will be fined. If this is enforced, I'll be in big trouble, especially at midnight when the roads are quiet and Alex and I come zipping back from the bars down the hill on Dereham Road toward our house. (Yes, people ride their bikes to get out at night and it is fantastic: 1. The coastal wind in my face reminds me of the Long Beach Boardwalk back home as well as my former days as an amateur sailor in the Berkshire Cup Regatta. 2. A cold beverage tastes so much better after you've ridden two to three miles to get to the bar. And at the end of the night, you feel like you've burned off some of the calories that you've consumed while out.

My next mission will be to find PAM, or some other type of no-calorie cooking spray to prevent food from sticking to the pan. It seems that this product never made it over to Norwich, as the folks at Asda suggested I use olive oil, which I have been using...

To be continued - For additional posts, and some that may be a bit more opinionated, truthful, and raunchy, add www.sidneymorsels.com to your RSS feed for regular updates.

PS - My buddy Alex (who moved here with me) and I are looking for British young ladies to court. We love reading, writing, movies, travel, cycling, tennis, and baseball - and we'll even teach you how to play the latter. We're 22 and loads of fun, and we'd love for people to show us your favorite places around town. Contact sidneymorsels@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

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