it’s been 18 years.

i have a new client. a real estate firm based in London. i was browsing some of their listings <<daydreaming>> while working on their website today… dreaming of the lovely bright green lush landscape. the crowds of well dressed professionals with their adorable accents & mad love of soccer!

London.

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in 9th grade i went with my Spanish teacher, Sra. Mas and several students on a whirlwind trip to Spain, France & England… London was my favorite stop along the way. i purchased a pair of green combat boots just months before the trip and was anticipating a visit to Doc Marten’s, to breathe in the fresh air, take in the rolling hills of the countryside, learn about their culture…

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… i have literally dreamed about going back for another visit every week since i returned home.

that was 1996.

18 years ago.

18 years???

 

when casual conversations with friends lead to Europe… or international travel… or daydreaming of trips abroad… i’ll quickly bring up my love affair with that trip; i probably sound like i just returned a few weeks ago with my vivid descriptions of the food, the people, the places, the tastes & smells. the street vendors, delicatessens, local businesses. the cobblestone streets & architecture.

so, while i sit here in a severe state of shock…. and accept that i’m now 31 and i have not traveled back yet… i am more determined today more than ever. once i gather enough courage, money, a passport and some time…

i’m going back. London, here i come… & i’m coming back with my Nikon DSLR, my lenses, a backpack & no schedule.

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(photos above are from my summer in NY; they remind me of London… )

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I’m pretty sure London will greet you with arms open wide and a lovely hot brew of it’s finest cuppa tea! We’d be more than privileged to have a such a creative, intelligent and fresh mind grace our cobble streets and royal roads! …….On behalf of all tea drinking, soccer watching, well dressed professionals wielding their umbrellas and starbucks cups……we greet you, see ya soon ;)

    • thank you Dan for the warm welcome. i promise to look like a tourist with my camera pointing in all directions if you grab an extra umbrella. looking forward to tea… with LOTS of sugar!

  2. You’d be amazed at how much easier it really is to acclimate and move overseas. Yes, it’s more expensive- but so so so very worth it. People think that moving abroad is HUGE- but the world has really gotten so very small. I mean, if I can do this with 3 boys under 4 (at the time) anyone ANYONE can. And they actually speak English in London- so you’ve already got that going for you :)

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