When we left Spain near the end of April, we didn't come to the US straight away. We flew to England and first spent a few weeks housesitting, and then a week with friends we met in Madrid (but who had recently moved back to a small town outside of London). In between our first housesit in Southend-on-Sea and our second sit in Bristol, we had a night and two days to spare. While we originally wanted to explore somewhere like Cambridge or Canterbury that we hadn't visited together before, all public transport options go through London anyway, and with our cumbersome load of baggage, combined with our unyielding love of the world's greatest city...I think you can guess where we ended up.
Hello from Worthing, England! We left Spain two and a half weeks ago and are really excited to be spending this month in southern England, dog sitting, visiting friends, and seeing more of this sometimes-sunny country! We've focused all of our previous visits on London, so it's been great to see some other towns and areas (although we have already snuck in a quick weekend to the capital...it's the greatest city in the world, how could we not?!).
I've had a penchant for London and all things British ever since Will and Kate married, and over the years, I've come to consider it the world's greatest city. So this past May (ahem, just shy of six months ago) when we decided to create a three-day weekend for ourselves over my birthday, London was my first, and pretty much only, choice. Danny and I met each other at the airport on a Thursday after school, and after flying to Gatwick and taking the bus into the city and then walking through the rain to our Airbnb, we finally made it.
It's no secret that I love London. The first time I went was with my mom and my aunt in June of 2010, and the second time Danny and I went together in September 2014. Both times were different, but both involved seeing the highlights of the city, as well as a few day trips. After living in Madrid for a few months, I was feeling the pull of London.
Two months ago today we flew into Madrid with our five suitcases, two backpacks, and a good idea of what we were getting ourselves into. Ha. Turns out we I kind of overpacked (really regretting those seven pairs of shorts that made the cut) – I didn’t have to rewear anything but pants for over six weeks - and as far as what we thought we were coming here to do (learning Spanish and teaching English, by the way) – we’re not doing a lot of it.