June passed by in a blissful blur. It was the best month of my London experience yet and I’m attributing that to a few things:
- Forty hour work weeks; a dream come true and a first for my London career.
- Two memorable weekend trips with good friends.
- Long, light-filled, warm summer days comprised of bike rides and BBQs.
I’m high on the roller coaster of expat life which makes it difficult to accept that I’m moving back to the USA at the end of July. I refuse to acknowledge it when asked by coworkers how I feel about leaving London. I change the subject when friends inquire about where I’ll live or what I’ll do back in Seattle. My going away party on Saturday coincided with the 4th of July so I just pretended we were celebrating America’s Independence Day rather than my impending departure. Classic denial.
Of course I’m looking forward to being closer to my family and friends back home and starting the next adventure, but I’m also becoming painfully aware of everything I’ll leave behind. I’m so thankful I’ve had the chance to build this life in London. I’ve been beyond lucky with career opportunities, welcoming coworkers, new friends, and unforgettable travel experiences. It’s been surreal. Not always easy, but always worth it. As someone wise told me during a panic attack recently, it’s better to leave on a high with good memories than leave on a sour note. With that in mind, I’m trying to appreciate these last few weeks by focusing on the present moment.
Here’s a few of June’s highlights.
Champagne Tasting in France
Champagne tasting in the Champagne region? Yes, please. Along with a group of friends we rented a farmhouse in Avenay, France and drank champagne like it was going out of style. Highly recommend this weekend adventure for my European friends, or incorporating it into a longer itinerary if you’re visiting from the states.
Stroll Along Regent’s Canal
Grab a friend and start walking along Regent’s Canal for a memorable summer outing. This was one of my favorite days in all of June. And it’s free!
Nike 10K Race
I like to sign up for at least one race a year so I have something to scare me into shape. Fear is a great motivator. Last year was the London Triathlon, and this year was the Nike 10K race in Victoria Park. I am a huge fan of Nike races. We got a necklace instead of a typical medal at the finish line, along with a sweet swag bag and a glass of champagne. I approve, Nike.
Liverpool Wedding Weekend
Some friends and I carpooled North to Liverpool for the weekend to see the home of the Beatles and celebrate my original London friend and his gorgeous bride. I was so chuffed (pleased) to experience a British wedding firsthand. I was waiting for Hugh Grant or Colin Firth to walk around the corner, it was that quaint.
And just like that, my twenty first month in this town spilled over into my twenty second and final month in London…for now. Here’s to living in the moment and soaking up every last drop of this experience.