Greetings from London! I can’t believe I’m finally here. I’m looking out my bedroom window and the city is dusted in snow. Kat and Gala are sound asleep in the next room over but I skipped over so many time zones to get here that I’m having a hard time adjusting to this new schedule.
Traveling is a funny beast — I love it and it’s a passion of mine but I feel the same over and over again. Planning a trip is fun. The anticipation is even better. Then, the week before I leave, I go into total freak-out mode, checking my suitcase repeatedly, racking my brain and hoping I remembered everything. Like my passport and various chargers. And that I called my bank to let them know that if they see charges pop up on another continent, it’s not fraud. And that I booked my ticket for the right day. All that stuff. Then, once I’m on my way to the airport, the nerves kick in. Will my flight leave on time so I can make my tight connection? But by the time I’ve landed, the fear is gone and I’m ready for the adventures to unfold.
I arrived in London Thursday morning and though it’s my first time, I feel like I’ve been here before. There’s so many small things that remind me of New York. And so many familiar comforts including chain restaurants and stores from home (for better or worse!) But then I notice all the charming, quirky details. And the beautiful sense of history. And the hustle & bustle that makes Portland feel like it’s moving in slow motion. I’ve only been here a day but I’m already falling in love with this city. It’s even better when you’re exploring it with two of your closest friends.
Back to Portland for a second — a few days before I left for London, we dogsat this little gremlin, Raleigh. He’s a sweetie but also very different from Rocky. While Rocky is a picky eater, Raleigh licks every plate clean at least 3 times and I hear him clanking dishes together at 3 in the morning, snorting and licking them clean again! Haha.
We spent yesterday buying Oyster cards, riding the tube and getting acquainted with London. Of course, no maiden voyage is complete without a stop at Topshop in Oxford Circus which has the coolest dressing rooms I’ve ever seen.
Oh, and a stop at Selfridge’s too which has the most amazing shoe section. Just check out that silver jumbo-sized stiletto!
We’re off for the day to prep for The Blogcademy tomorrow — our excitement is in overdrive. Have a great weekend, everyone! I’ll be snapping photos in London all week and can’t wait to share more soon. xo