I won’t be posting in this space for a few weeks but for good reason as I’ll be going to Europe! There will be a lot of talking and selling for work which can be very tiring but I know how lucky I am to be able to go. And for a travel-lover like myself it’s a blessing. It’s so nice to take a break from the routine and from sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day.
For the first week, I’m making my third trip to Bologna where I enjoy talking children’s books and love walking around the center of town browsing at the food shops, bookstores, and clothing stores and trying as many different gelato favors as I possibly can. But I’m most excited about the second week of my trip because I’ll be returning to London, a city that I haven’t been to in almost nine years and which holds a special place in my heart.
I can’t believe so much time has passed since I lived and worked there with my two dear friends. We had the happiest six months ever exploring every inch of the city and spending time with our housemates who came from all over the world. And if it wasn’t for the job I landed when I moved there, I probably wouldn’t have the job I do now that allows me to travel to Europe and also get to work with books, another passion of mine.
I’ve made sure to schedule a few days for myself in London to do as I please. I’m planning to visit parts of the city I haven’t before while also see places that hold such fond memories. I expect I’ll feel a bunch of nostalgia and happiness but also a little sadness. One of the reasons that I haven’t been back is because I know it will feel completely different when I return. Things won’t be exactly as they were when I lived in London all those years ago. Proof that it can be hard to let go of the past but change is inevitable. Anyways, I can’t wait to go. I know I’m going to have a great time and I can’t wait to share with you all the things I did, saw, and of course ate.
In the meantime, here are some posts from the archives to catch you up on all things London and England like what my first minutes in London were like and why I couldn’t go back to London all this time.
If you’re crossing the pond for the holidays read my account of what spending Christmas abroad is like and I also have five suggestions for a very merry Christmas in London.
Sometimes on the weekends, my friends and I would get out of the city and go on day trips to places like Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, York, and Brighton. However we were most happy enjoying a traditional English tea and scone.