This past week a major expat milestone quietly came and went: my six month anniversary of living in London. I remember every detail of the days prior to my move on September 17, 2013 and my first few days in London. When I realized it had been six months I gave myself a little pat on the back and celebrated by eating an entire bag of proper British popcorn.
I’ve fallen off the weekly recap post bandwagon so I’ll aim to do them monthly. It’s nice to have them to look back on and see how much I’ve been able to experience through this adventure. Here’s a trip down memory lane if you want to get nostalgic with me:
- Weeks 17, 18, 19 Recap: Saw the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London, searched for Will & Kate at Kensington Palace, and explored Brixton and Hampstead Heath
- Weeks 14, 15, & 16 Recap: Christmas Day bike ride through London, cocktails at Aqua Shard, Churchill War Rooms, and a trip to Paris
- Week 13 Recap: Trip to Amsterdam and Christmas Jumper Day at the office
- Week 12 Recap: First outing to the Victoria & Albert Museum, netball with office ladies, and my second West End musical
- Weeks 10 & 11 Recap: Quick jaunt to Edinburgh, weekend excursion to Berlin, and Christmas decorations galore in London
- Weeks 8 & 9 Recap: Celebrated the big 3-0 in Maui (AKA Heaven on Earth)
- Weeks 6 & 7 Recap: Work travels to San Francisco and Seattle mixed in with some fun
- Week 5 Recap: Moved into my first London flat and climbed to the lookout tower at St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Week 4 Recap: Toured Parliament and tied one on at London Cocktail Week
- Week 3 Recap: Fulham FC football match and walking tour of London sights
- Week 2 Recap: Saw my first West End musical, toured the Museum of London, & walked through Hyde Park in the sun
- 10 Day Check-in: Adjusting to the many differences between the UK and USA, like not having half and half for my coffee or Bravo TV
- New girl in town: Thoughts on hotel living and my first 6 days in London
And since I haven’t done any recaps in February or March let’s get caught up.
My friend Zahra came to visit from Seattle for 10 glorious days. We toured around London (in gorgeous sunny weather), took a day trip to Bath and trained to Paris for a girl’s getaway.
Every London visitor should experience a traditional Sunday Roast. Zahra was extra lucky because her Sunday Roast involved London’s first and only Michelin-starred pub. Conveniently, it’s just a few blocks away from where I live in Fulham. If you have a chance, make a reservation and splurge at the Harwood Arms.
I also walked through beautiful Regent’s Park and climbed Primrose Hill on a sunny Saturday with friends. Primrose Hill has a fantastic view of the London skyline.
The past few months had some musical highlights as well. Josie and I saw Beyonce in the Mrs. Carter tour and it was AMAZE-ING. As Zahra says, “I always try to go above and Beyonce” in any endeavor. However, before Beyonce there was Whitney and we enjoyed her music thoroughly in the West End production of The Bodyguard on a fun Tuesday evening outing.
Upcoming travel plans:
Jetting up to Bergen, Norway next weekend with two girlfriends. It’s a quick trip but we’re planning to make time for a cruise around the famous Norwegian fjords on Saturday afternoon.
I started and finished Sh*t my Dad Says in a day. It was a good quick read and had me laughing to myself like a crazy person on the tube. I started Thinking Fast & Slow but it has been a slow start so I’m taking a break to read I Am Malala.
Caught up on the latest Scandal episodes. Zahra and I watched Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette movie after touring Versailles. We also downloaded movies for each train trip to/from Paris and watched Dallas Buyer’s Club and Catching Fire from the Hunger Games series.
Coming up this week:
More visitors – my first family visitors are here and I’m so happy to spend time with them in London before they journey to Paris.
Have a wonderful week everyone!