Made it to December! The 18th marks my three month milestone of living in London. Let’s just forget about those three weeks I escaped back to the states when measuring my time in London, deal? Weeks 10 & 11 have included a trip to Berlin, my first American holiday here, a quick visit to Edinburgh, and some good ol’ fashioned Christmas shopping along Oxford Street and Covent Garden. Christmas decorations are out in full force in London, the city looks magical.
My first European trip during this expat adventure was to Berlin last weekend. Although I’ve traveled around Europe before and even lived in Spain previously, I never made it to Germany. I’ll save the details for a special Berlin post soon. Overall, the people were so friendly, everyone we encountered spoke English perfectly, the food and beer were tasty, and the city’s tumultuous history documented in memorials & numerous museums made for an engaging learning experience. Not the type of learning experience where you’re nodding off to a lecture, but the kind where you watch history re-enacted and imagine what life was like for Berliners during the Nazi era, WWII, and the Cold War.
- My first blogger/instagram meet-up with the lovely Ally of Shabby Princess took place Saturday morning. I was only a little awkward when I mentioned something I read on her blog as though we had been friends for years. We explored St. John’s Wood, an upscale area of London where she introduced me to the deliciousness of Carluccio’s (Italian bakery and cafe) and mince pies (surprisingly not full of meat, but cinnamon sugar sweetness). Our next adventure is to Hampstead Heath, the area where Channing Tatum lived when filming a movie in London recently, and also a beautiful park. But again where Channing Tatum lived. My weakness for celeb gossip runs deep.
- American Expat Thanksgiving dinner was Saturday evening at the home of another American coworker who is here with his wife, two kids, and adorable dog. Spending time playing board games and feasting on turkey and stuffing in a family setting was just what I needed to get out of my Thanksgiving Day funk. I was responsible for desserts and took a pumpkin pie and apple caramel crisp from Konditor & Cook. It’s next door to Borough Market and entirely too close to my work to avoid future temptation now that I know it exists.
Upcoming travel plans:
I’m off to Amsterdam for a 3-day weekend in mid-December with a fellow Seattle-to-London transplant. Also heading to Paris and Ireland with Tim when he’s in town for TWO WHOLE WEEKS!
I’m still making my way through The Book Thief. I need to finish it soon so I can watch the movie version and compare while the book is fresh in my memory.
Besides keeping up with the latest episodes of Scandal and The Mindy Project I haven’t had time for much TV. I am desperate to see the new Hunger Games movie so I might drag Tim with me when he’s in town for the holidays.
Coming up this week:
Friday is our company holiday party – it’s a roaring 20’s theme so I need to pull together my outfit. After that I plan to enjoy a restful weekend of sleeping in, trip planning, and finalizing my Christmas shopping since the remainder of December is jam-packed with travel when I’m not working. Start the Christmas countdown, T-22 days!