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.