These past couple of weeks was pretty intense at work which left little time to sleeping or doing anything else but well, working.
A lot of long working nights meant a couple of nights stopping by the local Irish pub for a pint (or two) so that my life wouldn’t be comprised of only work then bed. I am little bit obsessed with the pub down the street – though mostly older men frequent the place I feel comforted by the ambiance. The one night I stopped by there was a wake that was more about celebration than sadness. Also, there was an Irish football game on so everyone enjoyed a bit of that while they celebrated the life of their friend and family member. Apparently this had been going on for a couple of days so they were all a bit lit up. I met a couple of very nice people – I feel like that’s the theme of my experience. Unexpected new friendships in the oddest of places.
I definitely miss friends and family from back home and since I just booked my ticket I am looking forward to seeing the girlies (dinner plans are all ready booked; yay!), family (Campbells, Bowdens, Boekes, etc), friends and Izzy-face.
Decided to make a quick list of my current “likes” and “dislikes” about living in London:
|London Loves||Bloody Hell|
|Cider||Texting while walking in central london|
|Beautiful Sights||Public transport closures|
|Kettles & Tea||Way too close and personal on all transport|
|Fish & Chips||People walking out of a store and stopping in the middle of the sidewalk and looking around|
|The melodic sounds of accents and different languages||Extremely loud phone conversations on the bus in many different languages|
|Amazing location names||Lack of peanut butter and wheat pasta|
|Amazing friendly people and great London friends (ie Lucy, Andy, Tori, Mikey, Steph, etc)||The sense of panic everytime you cross into a heard of people at a major walking intersection or outside of a tube station in Holborn|
I would love it if there was a coinstar out here as well…the amount of coinage is a bit extreme. I am sticking to some of the things I know from back in the states – ie enjoying some “Waking Dead Season 2”- so glad that I get that show over here! As everyone knows, I love a good zombie flick and entire show is even better!
Other little fun things from the past two weeks:
- Little cafes are economical and the service is terrible and the food is only fair
- Perrier in a can is so cute; I am surprised that more fizzy water isn’t available here cause it’s my fave
- You CAN have multiple Thanksgiving dinners in the UK – just need to know the right people. Thanks to Leslie and Steph I had two amazing Turkey dinners with some new friends (Pics of Berkhamsted and London where I ate some delicious food including hanging out a bit with a super sweet border collie)
- Frankfurt is a beautiful city – I only spent a night there with Steph saying some basic German for work and need to get back
- I had multiple bday celebrations and have included some new pics of those (Cake and Wine from Work; Cupcakes and wine from Tori); very sweet