Time to start getting nostalgic! A ton of clothes are on my bed. Most of the pictures are off my walls. My desk and drawers are [almost] clean. I’ve said goodbye to so many great friends I’ve made this year. It’s almost time to leave. And I really don’t like that. I’ve started to seriously reflect on my time here in London, and, because I love lists, I made a mental one of all the things I would miss when I move back home. Needless to say, it’s pretty long…
We were on a bus in Holland on the way back to Leiden from Keukenhof and this loud New Jersey woman was talking about how bad the food in England is. Has she ever been there? Once for less than two weeks to visit her adopted brother who lives near Highclere Castle (yeah, she was that loud). But apparently, all we eat here in England is McDonald’s, other fast foods, and starch. Siobhan and I were cracking up about how obnoxious and ignorant she was (and how she was basically talking about the American stereotype…).
Unlike her, I love the food in England. I have a list of dishes I want to learn how to cook back at home. I love trying all of the international foods in London. I mean, I never knew I could have Ethiopian, Indian, SE Asian, English, Italian, or Mexican food all in one week. It’s amazing! I’ve definitely opened my horizons and I will miss all the variety London has to offer.
The culture & the people
When I can’t walk somewhere (I draw the line if it’s more than a 45-minute walk away), I take the tube or a bus. I haven’t driven in about 9 months (yikes!) but I love not having to drive places. Public transport is so convenient and fantastic people watching.
I also love trains. I detest flying and get pretty nervous any way I travel but I have taken a liking to trains. No security to pump up my anxiety. Large, spacious seats (relatively). No baggage limits. To me, trains are just so much better.