Barely a waking minute goes by when I’m not consciously planning my next minute to most efficiently use the time allotted to each day. I crash into bed at night exhausted and jolt awake at 6am already anxious about the day’s to-do list. I’m like a little hamster in a wheel. Do I regret moving here? No. Do I regret taking on more responsibility at work recently? Sometimes. But I am trying to lean in a la Sheryl Sandberg and remember that everything I’m balancing is due to a choice I made and I’m lucky to have so many choices right now.
Soon enough I’ll be back in the US in a new chapter of life and perhaps I’ll reflect on this time and feel nostalgic for the chaos, but it’s hard to believe that now. I’ll miss a lot of things (mostly the people and travel), but I won’t miss working around the clock. Thanks for letting me vent and share both the good and bad of life over here. Moving on.
Despite the long hours Monday through Friday, April and May are generous with their bank holidays so I was fortunate to have some long weekends to escape the office and focus on what I do best, traveling. Here are the highlights of the past two months:
Germany Road Trip
Josie and I took advantage of the long Easter weekend to drive the Romantic Road from Frankfurt through medieval towns and castles in Bavaria. Confession: I ate pork knuckle and I liked it. Other trip highlights included Josie driving through snow to the “Disneyland Castle” which was the inspiration for this hashtag: #australianontheautobahn. I have more photos to share but I love this one by photographer and blogger Melanie who met up with us for the day in Heidelberg.
Did you know Riga is one of the top destinations for bachelor parties in Europe? Or as they call them here, “stag-do’s”. We learned this on our flight to Riga, Latvia when half the plane seats were occupied by drunk 20-30 year old guys. Beyond the bachelor party scene, Riga is a historic gem in the Baltics and I loved seeing it with this crew for a quick weekend trip.
I haven’t seen my cousin Luke for a few years because he’s in school on the East Coast. He was in London doing research and we made up for lost time over several dinners and drinks at the pub. I can’t wait to visit his adopted hometown of Philadelphia soon.
I had a chance to return to the good ol’ US of A for a week-long work stint in Seattle. I extended the trip the weekends before and after to see family and friends which was the fuel I needed to return refreshed and ready to tackle the final few months in London. My friends took me out to dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant the night before I flew back.
Last weekend I traveled the furthest East I’ve ever been and discovered Istanbul, Turkey. I left wanting more time to explore but grateful for the sights, sounds, people, and food I was able to experience. Highlight: seeing the inside of a mosque for the first time. And not just any mosque, but the Blue Mosque pictured below.
Happy last day of May, everyone! I’m so ready for some June summer weather.
P.S. More London Life recaps here and I promise they don’t all start out with a rant.