Almost let this blog attempt die…6 days since posting last is long enough to be considered neglect.
So this’ll be short as I have my first test of the semester (not joking) to study for.
It felt so good to finally see my family. I’m used to being away from them for months at a time, but it was nice to have familiar faces in my foreign home away from home. Plus we always have fun when we travel together.
With only 39 days left in my life abroad (again, not joking), I’ve been considering a few things that I want to accomplish…
1) Seriously explore London during the week. I will only have this unique and fantastic opportunity to live in London ONCE and I have no excuses for not trying to walk/run/bus/tube every square inch of it. I want to go into every museum that interests me, wander through every market I’ve heard of, and (ideally) experience one new thing every day.
2) Post travel summaries. I need to do this ASAP so I can remember as many details as I can. Upcoming logs of Stonehenge/Bath, Dublin, Edinburgh, Stockholm, Paris, Prague, Barcelona, and Amsterdam?
3) Let’s be real…travel summaries are probably not gonna happen.
Hardly. One thing I’ve learned this semester: an ordinary day in London beats almost any extraordinary day in the US. I know this sounds harsh, but when my run consists of passing Big Ben along the River Thames and a simple Sunday shopping trip means wandering through Brick Lane and Petticoat Market…it’s easy to develop certain prejudices. Getting lost in London is almost as rewarding as actually making it to your intended destination (further proof that living in the moment really is the best way to live life).
So this morning/afternoon, I joined a few friends on a trip to Brick Lane and Petticoat Markets. I love being able to see such incredibly ethnic combinations of food, clothing, jewelry, and (sometimes) junk stands all in one place. Sensory overload at its finest. Best part of the afternoon? Crossing the street to walk home in full sunshine. I’ll do whatever it takes to get rid of my blinding winter whiteness.
Here are some pictures I snapped with my iPhone during our afternoon:
Spitalfields Market: literally walked right into it on our way from Brick Lane to Petticoat.
It is hard to believe that I have been living in London for more than 2 months already. I swear I was just sitting in my kitchen in Chapel Hill, staring at my stuffed suitcases, anxious to just get here and get settled? Luckily, from the second we landed in Heathrow, life has been moving at a million miles per hour. The frenzied pace has left me no time to agonize over how well I’m ‘handling’ things and has let me adjust just by waking up every morning and being here. As MWY loves to say, “It’s all about being in the moment.” Maybe he does actually know what he’s talking about.
I could say that it is because I’ve been so focused on staying in the moment that I have done a spectacularly lack luster job of properly recording my life here…but really, I just have a terrible track record when it comes to journaling. I’m a total sucker for pretty notebooks and total slacker when it comes to actually writing in them. I have high hopes for this attempt, however, thanks to a new sense of blog-envy from reading my fellow abroad Domers’ memoirs and a desire to savor as much of London as I possibly can.
For now though, I am going to move on from posting and get to the fun part: picking out font colors and background designs :) Cameron and I didn’t have pretend design businesses in middle school for nothing. I promise I’ll be back soon…