About Jess

I’m an American expat who lived in Belgium for ten years before I was offered the chance to live in the UK in 2013. Once upon a time, this blog was called JessinBelgium (before that became geographically confusing). And Jess-On-Thames was born.

Asking me where “home” is increasingly becomes a challenge. I’ve lived in 13 US states. I studied in Paris, Washington DC and upstate New York. I used to work in EU politics and now work in film production and web design for a London-based creative agency. I love special event planning. I spend way too much time watching TV and consider frequent trips to bookstores to be time very well spent. I wish I was more adventurous and drink bold wines to make up for it.  I’m devoted to my two cats, but plot to add a proper dog to that equation one day (proper dogs being ones that do not fit in a handbag).

Lots of what I come across on my travels/love/obsess over/covet/plan on stealing (no, not really) can be found within this blog. Thank you so much for reading.

Contact me at: jessonthames (at) yahoo.co.uk

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  • http://www.quirkylifestyle.com/ Ann

    Hi Jess, I bumped into your blog through your Instagram page and have spent the last hour on it-its fab! Your recent and funny accounts of moving to London had me in stitches and reminded me of what it was like when I first moved to the UK. Speaking of pronunciations, I particularly struggled with city names that had ‘w’. I remember planning a trip to ‘Norrich’ and being completely baffled by why it wasn’t on the map. I did eventually figure out that it was spelt Norwich. There are a host of places like that but then, just to confuse you, there are some where you do pronounce the ‘w’. I hope you enjoy London; it is fabulous! Ann x

    • http://www.jessinbelgium.com Jess

      Thank you so much Ann! So glad to have just discovered your blog too – your summer looks like it was absolutely fabulous! Glad to hear I am not the only one who has trouble with the W’s… My boyfriend D was born in Worcestershire… took me ages to get that one right! Looking forward to more reading. xx J

  • http://brooklyntobrusselsblog.com brooklyntobrussels

    So happy to stumble across your blog! We are fairly recent transplants to Brussels who also have a soft spot for London. Perfect! I look forward to following your adventures (and hopefully picking up some tips on our current hometown).

    • http://www.jessinbelgium.com Jess

      Thank you so much! Brussels is a lovely city to get to know and London is always just a train trip away :) Looking forward to reading up on your discoveries too!

  • Jane

    Hi, there!

    I’m Jane and
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    writing contents on the web professionally since 2010. I share my experience
    through articles on Travel, Culture, History, Lifestyle and many more.

    Your blog “jessinbelgium.com”
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