18 Days til I Fly...
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I can't believe it's come around so quickly... It feels like only yesterday I was sitting in the office looking at flights and umming and aahing about my decision to leave the UK. I've lived in London for over 6 years and loved almost every minute of it, there have been many many ups with the occasional down... as is life.
London has afforded me the opportunity to develop... me as person... me as an HR professional... me as a traveller...
I still remember sitting in Melbourne airport balling my eyes out so afraid of what lay out there in the big wide world... and here I am again, about to embark on another big adventure... you'd think I'd had enough of uplifting my life and relocating my world.
My last couple of weeks I think are going to be a bit crazy... last minute travel purchases, shipping items home, putting other things in storage, seeing friends and being my usual social self :).
I thought I'd start my first blog with a quick review of some of the places I've visited in and around London Town.
London is one of the world's greatest cities with diversity in its cultural expression conveying the melting pot that it is today... with bustling hubs such as Leicester Square, green spaces like Hyde Park and historical information centres such the Imperial War Museum. London Town has amazing views along the Thames and exquisite architecture such as the Parliament buildings and the infamous Big Ben.
On London's doorstep you will find touristic hot spots, which if you close your eyes and pretend you're the only person there you really can transport yourself back to the days of the Druids or Romans... i.e. Stonehenge and Bath respectively. There really is so much to see in the UK and I've barely touched on a tenth of it. Oh and if Castles take your fancy then there are some impressive ones dotted all over the countryside. I've been to only a small number including Leeds Castle in Kent which is ironically not in Leeds and located on massive grounds on the edge of lake; Hampton Court Palace with it's amazing gardens; Buckinghame Palace and Windsor Castle - the majestic homes of the Queen; Eilean Donan Castle of beautiful Scotland and apparently the most impressive Warwick Castle.
In addition to iconic landmarks, castles and trips back in time, London is always heaving, there is never nothing to do. If you want to be, you can be busy every day of the week - especially with markets, festivals, fireworks, concerts and the annual bonfire night (Guy Faulks Day). All of this has kept me here over the years and keeps drawing me back whenever the warmer weather of the southern hemisphere starts shining in my dreams and making me think of home...
With summer coming to an end in the UK and the cold weather creeping in with it's chilly winds and heavy rains, I'm pleased to say that I'm heading South... or should I say Central... to the Americas where North meets South. I will be joining my bestest bud to travel through Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Cuba and Mexico for what is bound to be a trip of a life time full of adventure and craziness! I can't wait :) .