So if you know me, you know I have this thing for London. It's my favorite. Favorite city in the world and probably always will be. I will always say yes to London. So when Adam surprised me with a trip to London for Christmas I was pretty darn excited. My favorite holiday in my favorite city with my favorite human, YES. I know not everyone shares my sentiment for London. My love for the city is a lot of sentimental/nostalgic love for a city that played a major role in a life-changing six months. My time in London years ago was a short six months, but I learned a new appreciation and love for life and culture outside of my tiny, Midwest, American bubble. There is so much of the world to see and those six months opened my eyes to all I could experience and know if I took the time to go. Just go and see. Listen and experience life from a new perspective. A pretty great lesson if you think about it. So often we want to be seen and heard, our side to be understood, but more often than not, we need to stop shouting for attention and stop to listen. My way may be great, but that doesn't mean it is the only way. America is wonderful, but we can always learn something new from other cultures. For example, full coverage bathroom stall doors. Seriously, the US needs to get it together in this department. Also, cheese. Good, quality, affordable cheese. If I ever run for public office my platform will be based around these two important topics.
Back to London. I have now been to London three times since my "gap year" back in 2007-2008 and every time I still love it. All my favorite memories come rushing back to me with one glimpse of a red telephone booth or double-decker bus. The nights out with my roommates, dinner and a walk around Covent Garden, sunny day strolls along the Thames, major wipe outs in train stations, commuting horror stories, and the general buzz of the city. I love all the tourist sites, but more than anything I love just being there in the heart of London. The best Christmas present I could ask for is a husband willing to take me to my favorite city just because. We didn't do any major tourist things, we just went. We walked. We wandered. And it was perfect. If it was my last time in London, it was a good one.
A few pictures from our trip. I didn't take nearly as many as I normally do because I was enjoying the city.