Back in Seattle and Portland the weather has seen below freezing temps this week, and I’m happy to report that is not (yet) the case in London. Fingers crossed the weather stays mild in London so I can keep up my exploring which requires lots of walking outdoors. I hope everyone at home stays warm and cozy inside by the Christmas tree.
Our company holiday party on Friday evening at the Regency Hotel in South Kensington. It was a 1920’s theme complete with flapper girls dancing and a live band and then DJ later on. I worried it would be awkward to go solo but several other coworkers went without dates so we all banded together on the dance floor until almost 1 AM. I was so proud I figured out how to take the night bus since the tube stops running after midnight. Small victories, folks.
This tree was in the entryway of the V&A museum. One of my favorites I’ve seen so far, and that’s saying something because Christmas trees are everywhere in this city.
- Victoria & Albert Museum. Locals have been recommending the V&A to me from day one and I finally had the chance to go with one of my housemates to see a special exhibition on pearls this Saturday. Did you know pearls are formed from a parasite? Now you do!
- Seeing my second West End musical, “The Commitments” about a group of Dubliners who form a soul band. I recognized almost every song and by the end of the show the crowd was up on their feet dancing. I bought tickets on a whim the day of and spent £10 for cheap balcony seats, but still had a decent view.
- Playing netball. Netball is a sport I didn’t know existed until living here but it’s popular among women in the UK and former British colonies. It’s similar to basketball except you can’t run with the ball. Our work team is last in the league but boy do we have spirit. It’s so fun and we celebrate every single goal we make, even if it’s just one per game.
Upcoming travel plans:
Amsterdam, Paris, and Ireland (Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork) will close out my 2013 travel plans. After those trips it’s time to get cracking on 2014 for the best flight deals!
No updates here, still trying to finish The Book Thief. In my defense, it’s over 500 pages.
A History channel special on Nelson Mandela. Saddened by news of his death this week. He undoubtedly left his mark on the world and we can all keep his memory alive by choosing acceptance and love over hate and prejudice. What a remarkable human being he was.
Coming up this week:
Lots of evenings out after work. Monday: dinner with visiting coworkers from Seattle in Notting Hill. Tuesday: last netball game of the season. Wednesday: roommate Christmas dinner at a local pub!