So much happens in a week here, the pace of life in London is unforgiving. Right now it feels like I’m constantly racing to do everything on my daily to-do list before it’s time to get some rest and move onto the next day. Part of the rush is due to starting work immediately while still figuring out lots of logistics (ie housing, banking, my daily commute, etc) and once these things are sorted life will settle down a bit. Yet I don’t expect things in London to ever be totally calm, and that’s the beauty of this city. Chaos is London’s middle name (right after “crowds”). So in an effort to document this experience properly, I’m going to try and post a weekly roundup à la my dear friend DuolyNoted’s blog format. Here goes:
On Saturday evening I saw the musical Once at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End. It was so entertaining and I can’t wait to see more shows. Here’s my favorite song from the evening:
- The NFL was in London this weekend during their international tour and Regent Street was packed with all things American football, including cheerleaders, a parade, and lots of signage. Seeing it made me feel right at home (ahem, Tim).
- On Sunday I toured the Museum of London with a friend. Most museums here are free so it was an inexpensive way to learn more about the history of this city. I learned I have a lot more to study up on to understand how London came to be the metropolitan city it is today.
- I walked through Hyde Park on Saturday and saw the St. Albert Memorial. According to my trusty resource Wikipedia it was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid in 1861. It’s 176 feet tall, took 10+ years to complete, and cost the equivalent of £10 million (~$15 million). That’s true love.
Lusting after so many European trips after realizing how many cities are just a few hundred dollars and hours away. However, I’ve decided to give myself at least a month to enjoy London before thinking about other weekend destinations.
Reading Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy about a woman diagnosed with ALS and how she chooses to spend her limited time with her family. So inspiring and keeps my day in perspective when I read it on the tube to and from work.
I’ve been on a Netflix spree. I am working my way through Orange is the New Black and already finished House of Cards in my short time in London. It’s nice to have the comforts of streaming TV in the evening after a long day of figuring this whole expat thing out.
On to week 3!