In exactly three days, I'll be on sitting next to Kevin on a plane, about to pass over the Atlantic Ocean. Destination: LONDON!
September 2011: Me and my parents at a church bombed in The Blitz, now an urban garden.
I'm getting really excited about this trip, although I haven't been able to fully wrap my head around it quite yet with what feels like an endless to-do list between this trip and my impending move in exactly seven weeks. In between finishing up things at work for two weeks, getting ready to go abroad this weekend, and catching up with friends (Katie & Rebecca, Alexis, Sandy, my sister and Claire), I've been doing things like: getting up-to-date with all the vaccines, titers and TB tests required by the UW School of Public Health, sending final transcripts to Nutritional Sciences, preparing to register for classes while I'm in England, buying much-needed clothes, researching moving companies, and dashing home on my lunch break to get in-home estimates. I just signed a contract with North American Van Lines and finalized important dates (my last day of work is July 26, my stuff gets picked up on July 31, and I drive away from Southern California for good on August 1). There's a lot to do now to make up ahead of time for the two weeks I'm taking out of my normal life to go do something fun. Because when I get back, it's going to be mere days from July 1st! And my July is crazy!
I only have a few more things to do before Saturday - pick up snacks at Trader Joes for the flight, let my bank know I'll be overseas for 11 days, scan passports and credit cards and encrypt the file for Dropbox (oh wait, that's Kevin's to-do list). And grab some good books from the library to get me through 24 hours of flying and airports, plus several hours on trains. Have you read anything good lately (that's not brand new)? I'd love suggestions!
Once we're finally there our accommodations are pretty darn sweet: my parents' studio apartment in central London (which they bought thirty years ago when they were first married and have rented out ever since), so we'll have amenities like laundry and a kitchen, and the plan is to save money by eating in most of the time. With a couple guidebooks in hand, we're going to take each day as it comes. No rush, no fuss. While we'll definitely see some of the sights, I'm envisioning at least a day or two spent wandering around on foot, having a picnic lunch in a park.
And we do have a couple definitive plans: going to the closing show of The Taming of the Shrew performed by an all-female cast at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (on Friday at midnight), having dinner with my Scripps friend Catherine and her Italian mathematician boyfriend, and spending two days in the countryside near Bristol to see my mom's side of the family and visit Bath, a once-ancient Roman spa, now modern town.
It's going to be lovely being somewhere entirely different and exciting, with so much to explore and enjoy. This is my first-ever trip to England without my family, which will be a new experience. And after a crazy year-and-a-half, I'm very much looking forward to two weeks of uninterrupted time with my boyfriend. I think we'll have a ball!