September 18th was my one year anniversary of living in London. Cue the red, white, and blue fireworks over Big Ben! Side note: when my sister and friends and I were brainstorming blog names the majority of them wanted me to choose “Big Jen”. I think we can safely say that URL is still available if anyone else wants it. Back to London life milestones. The month was extra special because my parents and my aunt were visiting for three glorious weeks and we made so many wonderful memories. I think their favorite was probably riding the tube – hah!
During their visit we explored as much of London as we could, they took the Eurostar to Paris, and I took a week off work so we could venture to York and Edinburgh together. It meant so much that they could experience a “day in Jen’s London life” with me and meet the lifelong friends I’ve made here. My aunt and I also got to be roomies and stayed up late chatting like school girls more than once. I miss them already.
Thinking about everything I’ve seen and done in the past year leads me to one conclusion. London life is a fantasy. I say yes to every travel opportunity. I put all my discretionary income towards flights, hotels, and entertainment. I get to do whatever I want with my free time and be 100% selfish. It’s ah-maze-ing. I’m cherishing every moment because I know this lifestyle is temporary. I’m consciously choosing to make the most of my time in London but unless I win the lottery or get adopted by Oprah I can’t carry on like this once I return to the USA. I probably have a better chance of winning the lottery unless anyone has a direct line to Oprah. Anyone?
Recently I’ve been recapping some epic trips and I don’t see it slowing down. I feel like I’ve fit in at least 5 years worth of travel into the last few months alone and I LOVE IT. I just surpassed seeing 20 countries overall, and 11 of them since moving to London. Here’s a little story to show my travel progress over time.
September was a banner month full of activity thanks to my VIP guests. I also….
- Discovered the deliciousness that is Broadway Market. Only open on Saturdays. Find the Mexican taco stand. You’re welcome.
- Saw the musical Once for the third time. The irony. Judge away, I love that musical so much and Ronan Keating is about to play the lead role so I may have to go a fourth time.
- Toured the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. While the Queen escapes to Scotland for the summer she’s kind enough to share her fancy diggs with the public (for a fee). It’s closed until next season.
- Searched for Mrs. Patmore and Carson at Downton Abbey, I mean Highclere Castle. Closed now for filming, but check the schedule often.
- Took the river taxi to Greenwich for the day.
- Walked the ancient walls of York and saw the largest gothic cathedral in England.
Whew! What a month. I don’t know how I’ll beat this one.
Previous London Life Recaps:
If you’re nosy like me, then maybe you’re curious about more of my London story. Be careful what you wish for…