London Calling

While I travel quite a bit domestically, I tend to stick to one international vacation per year.  2010, however, was no ordinary year. 🙂  As previously mentioned, my friend Emily dubbed it my year of Eat, Pray, Love seeing as I traveled to Illinois, Indianapolis and Italy.  Not quite as adventurous as Liz Gilbert seeing as she tackled Italy, India and Indonesia, but I take what I can get. 

Quite spur of the moment in early December, I decided to tack on a trip to London.  Alone.  By myself.  My first international trip without a travel companion.  This wasn’t a work trip in the strictest sense of the word.  I went across the pond of my own accord to work from my company’s London office to network and try to get a sense of what it would be like to live and work there.  I stayed in a little inn that I paid for and I touristed around by myself, visiting Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Notting Hill and Westminster Abbey.  

And I fell in love. 

London is such an incredible city with so much history. It is, in a word, dignified.  The people were  friendly, which was a bit of a surprise to me as I thought the British thought Americans were crude upstarts.  It’s very clean and incredibly easy to get around by Tube.  And it’s really very beautiful.  I found myself gawking around and exclaiming “wow” out loud.  I knew I would like it but I didn’t know I would love it as much as I did.  I could easily see myself living there, and at the very least I hope I get to visit many more times.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m not adventurous by nature ; I have to be inspired to be adventurous.  I’m so proud that I found it in myself to take this trip to London.  I learned a lot about just how self-sufficient I am.  Maybe this is just the beginning of my solo adventures.

Cheers.

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2 thoughts on “London Calling

  1. Pingback: Across the Pond « GoodTravelerKarma

  2. I LOVE London! I fell madly love with the city while I was there too and have big dreams of living there someday. Good for you on the solo adventures 🙂 I took my first to New Zealand and Australia in 2009 and had and AMAZING time! I’m hoping to take another solo trip this year to Japan.
    Happy travels in 2011 🙂

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