We are quickly nearing our last few days in London, and it’s definitely bittersweet to leave. London is obviously an amazing city. We were so lucky to get this post (and first, no less), and are pretty much forever thanking the assignment gods for this one.
Ok, so a few weeks ago I discovered a really fun/new (aka very dangerous) personal shopping type service, thanks to a co-worker friend of mine. She urged me to try it after testing it out herself, and I figured, why not? I don’t really love shopping here in London because everything is crazy expensive, so this seemed like a good way to fill up the needed spaces in my wardrobe.
It’s a new year! So excited for 2014 and all of the fun things to come. I have a good feeling about this year. Or, it could just be that I really like even numbers. Either way, on New Year’s Eve, I found myself looking back on the year, and then thinking in general what an amazing past few years I’ve had, and wondering how this one could top any of them.
Last night was our first Marine Ball. So fun! The whole point of the ball is to celebrate the Marines’ birthday, and yesterday we were celebrating their 238th.
So I’ve taken radio silence to an all new level. Sorry about that.
Fall has arrived here in the UK, and it’s been really pleasant so far. The weather has been great, and we’ve been enjoying ourselves and enjoying the city. We had two of my besties come visit for a week, and it was wonderful to have them. We walked for about 3 days straight. Exhausting, but fun and always the best way to see a city. It also decided not to rain for the whole week, so that was a huge bonus.
Yesterday was our one-year anniversary in London. Woop woop! We spent some time throughout the day reminiscing about what we were doing at that particular point in the day one year ago. It ended up going something like, “oh, we were sleeping still.” “Aahh, remember we were heading to the pub down the road and met a bunch of people from the embassy?” And so on. It’s been quite a year, but things are beginning to normalize after the craziness of getting settled here, doing non-stop wedding planning, finding a job, both of us getting settled in our jobs, actually having the wedding, going on the honeymoon, and finally getting back here to resume life as “normal.” After we got back from the honeymoon, we kind of sat there for a second, looked at each other and said, ok, now we can actually start living a somewhat normal life. Phew.
Yesterday was our official one year wedding anniversary. Time has flown! We went out to dinner at a nice Thai restaurant in central London, called Patara. You can witness the beauty of that meal here…
In case you’re looking for a good guidebook for Europe that covers all of the must-sees, this book is a great resource. A friend got this for me for Christmas (thanks Ames!), and it’s been really helpful. Basically, it covers what to do in 36 hours (a weekend) in many of the major cities across Europe.
I’m in a funk. There. I said it.