After 4 months in South America, we arrived in London last Sunday for 4 months in Europe. It’s my first time in the UK and I love it! I’m a Sherwood & I feel at home with my people. And, Brexit or not, clouds or not, there’s incredible vibrant energy in this city.
Our first day in town was the Fourth of July and I chilled with friends in Richmond Park during the day.
It was really nice to see Tanya, our fellow Remote who is now traveling on her own! She seems happy. :]
The deer seem pretty happy in the park too.
As do the birds.
And the people.
At night on the Fourth, we had our Remote Year Welcome Party. Started off on a double decker tour bus, with a cheeky British tour guide named Gary who had us in stitches as we rolled around the city and he pointed out landmarks. I was enthralled hearing all the cool historical facts about London!
The tour ended at the Blues Kitchen, where they were hosting a Fourth party for us ex-pats. They have an annual hot dog eating contest, because that’s what we Americans do on the Fourth...I think? (Personally, I’m a little anti-competitive eating, kinda feel like food is meant to be savored not inhaled) A few of my friends competed, but no one could beat the girl who threw back 13 dogs in 30 mins. Gross.
After the hot dog eating contest, there was a whole lot of laughs and some sweet blues music.
During the rest of the week, I fought off jet lag with a few well timed naps, worked a lot, visited the British Museum and prepared for an epic weekend hiking trip. And, by preparing I really mean, NOT preparing. Stay tuned for that story coming in the next blog post.
The British Museum houses many historical artifacts from ancient times (Greece, Egypt, Rome, Asia, etc). One of the most notable pieces is the Rosetta Stone, which was more crowded than the bus line for Machu Picchu. I'll have to go back at a non-peak hour. I couldn't even get near the thing without people stepping in front of me. Where's that British politeness? Guess they're all tourists.
Cool thing---museums in London are FREE, just like Washington DC! And the good thing is, the British Museum is right next to our co-working space.
I plan on returning because the museum is ginormous and I didn't get to see all the exhibits.
And, hopefully, I can do a better job of boxing out so I can actually get close to the Rosetta Stone.
That's week one in London --- well, actually, just the week --- the weekend story is much more rich! Stay tuned...