18 Days til I Fly...

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Imperial War Museum - Piece of the Berlin Wall

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.

Me on London Bridge in the rain with Tower Bridge in the background
  Will this be the last time... ?  Probably not... as it stands I'm heading over to Central America for 2.5 months and then returning to London to see how life plays out.

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.

Blackfriars Pub
  It still never ceases to amaze me as to what you can find around the corner... or in between buildings... i.e. historical pubs like the Blackfriars Pub stand out in my mind or the old Shakespeare's Globe - which I have been to a couple of times to watch Shakespearean plays such as 'Much a Do About Nothing' and 'As You Like It'.

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.

Guy Faulks - Bonfire Night

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 :) .

Sun sets and beaches...
 

oldschoolbill says:
Have FUN!!
Posted on: Sep 16, 2009
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Imperial War Museum - Piece of the…
Imperial War Museum - Piece of th…
Me on London Bridge in the rain wi…
Me on London Bridge in the rain w…
Blackfriars Pub
Blackfriars Pub
Guy Faulks - Bonfire Night
Guy Faulks - Bonfire Night
Sun sets and beaches...
Sun sets and beaches...
Leicester Square
Leicester Square
Hyde Park Corner - Main Gate
Hyde Park Corner - Main Gate
Hyde Park Gardens
Hyde Park Gardens
Hyde Park Royal Swans
Hyde Park Royal Swans
Imperial War Museum
Imperial War Museum
St Jamess Park
St James's Park
Thames at Night
Thames at Night
Thames Views
Thames Views
Parliament & Big Ben
Parliament & Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben
The London Eye on the Thames
The London Eye on the Thames
The London Eye
The London Eye
Shakespeares Globe
Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespears Globe
Shakespears Globe
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Baths Abbey
Bath's Abbey
Leeds Castle (outside London)
Leeds Castle (outside London)
Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle
Hampton Court Palace (Outside Lond…
Hampton Court Palace (Outside Lon…
Hampton Court Palace - The Gardens
Hampton Court Palace - The Gardens
Hampton Court Palace - Tudor Perio…
Hampton Court Palace - Tudor Peri…
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace - Gardens
Hampton Court Palace - Gardens
The Lions of Trafalgar Square
The Lions of Trafalgar Square
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
The Queens Guards near Buckingham …
The Queens Guards near Buckingham…
Windsor Castle (Outside London)
Windsor Castle (Outside London)
Eilean Donan Castle of Scotland (O…
Eilean Donan Castle of Scotland (…
Warwick Castle (outside of London)
Warwick Castle (outside of London)
Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle
Camden Market
Camden Market
Camden Market
Camden Market
Camden Market - The Stables
Camden Market - The Stables
Thames Festival
Thames Festival
Thames Festival
Thames Festival
Thames Festival
Thames Festival
Thames Festival
Thames Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Nottinghill Festival
Guy Faulks - Fireworks
Guy Faulks - Fireworks
Guy Faulks - Fireworks
Guy Faulks - Fireworks
South West Four - Dance Music Fest…
South West Four - Dance Music Fes…
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