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Debra and Lloyd: British Invasion + A Newlywed Photo Session

I had the privilege this week of playing hostess to Debra, an old friend of Alex’s from the U.K., and her new husband Lloyd.   Besides having the honor of showing them around our favorite city in the world, we also enjoyed giving Lloyd his first American experience as this was his first trip to the states at all.   NYC stepped up to the plate and seemed committed to proving all European stereotypes of Americans.  On their first day they met a Southerner who was sure to tell Deb and LLoyd how much they hated France,  Deb was lucky enough to meet an overly friendly American in a restroom who felt the need to share in detail her medical bladder conditions, and they also got to meet (during this very photo shoot in fact) the sort of jerk New Yorker who purposely gets in the way of a photo for over 5 minutes to make his friend laugh (and yes ladies and gentleman, he was pushing 40 years old).  Lloyd was surprised not to see as many obese people as the States is famous for so we attempted to ratify his American vision by attempting to gain 50 pounds in one week, pretty much eating our way through every cuisine paying special attention to New York Pizza, unique meats  like Wild Boar and Bison burgers and of course stopping for some Southern BBQ at Hill Country.  It’s a miracle I still fit into my jeans this week…

In all seriousness, we love living in New York and Deb and Lloyd really enjoyed their experience here and took all their weird experiences in stride.   We had a great time joking around with this easy-going pair.  Luckily Lloyd likes to imitate American accents as much as Alex likes to imitate British ones so they pretty much were constantly having accent battles to the death of Deb and me.   We also learned important things like, did you know that an oven in England is called a “Cooker,”  that they don’t have lemon flavored yogurt and that American microwaves are twice the size of British ones?  When Deb and Lloyd asked why it needed to be any bigger than a single dinner plate, I really didn’t know what to say.  It’s not like anyone cooks a whole turkey in their microwave right?

Despite their busy trip, we made time for a photo session at High Line Park and Brooklyn Bridge at sunset which they wanted to commemorate their trip

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