But I don't have time to tell you EVERYTHING, so here's a few items of interest:
1) It was GLORIOUS weather in London this weekend. 82 degrees. Hottest October 1st and 2nd EVER. I'm not saying it's because I'm here, but, I'm just saying -- it's never happened before, and I've never been here in October before so, you do the math...
On Sunday the Canadian and I along with our pals Melizza and her husband G (her blog is here) went on a hike through Hampstead Heath to celebrate the incredible day. Hampstead Heath is one of my FAVORITE things about London. As I've said before, I love the parks here...love them - and the Heath is a park on steroids. It's almost wilderness surrounded by the city. Rather than being manicured like the other parks, the Heath is allowed to grow wild with the exception of maintenance of trails and some grassy areas.
After our walk, the four of us had a proper Sunday roast (well mine was veggie) as is the tradition in London, at a 700 year old pub, the Spaniard. I've had better roasts, but, you can't beat sitting in the sunshine, drinking a Pimm's (more on this in a minute) with friends on a gorgeous day. You just can't.
After that, we wandered over to Kenwood House, a gorgeous manor house and museum in Hampstead Heath. As it turns out, it was also in the movie Notting Hill (the scene where they film the Henry James movie).
Then the Canadian and I decided to walk back through the Heath and I took some pictures, so you can see how beautiful it is...
Pimm's is a liqueur that is mixed with gin in a glass, and then the glass is filled with fruit and ice and topped off with gingerale or sprite. The first time I tasted it, I said "holy shit". And now, on Facebook, I'm listed as 'in a relationship with Pimm's" AND it's not even complicated. Why we don't have this in Texas, I do not understand. But, I WILL be bringing it back...oh yes, I will.
Here are some photos of my Pimm's adventures across London
Then, another expat, M from Not from Around Here, and I met up in Cambridge, which I'd seen in the 90's but had forgotten how pretty it was. We had a great afternoon drinking coffee, eating lunch (which was MEXICAN!!!), soaking up the sunshine in the parks and talking about our lives, which also have some interesting intersections as well. I guess when you're an expat, there's a reason you move across the globe...
And of course I've been running around London with Melizza and also her pal Emm, who writes this blog (which is a GREAT blog about travel around London and abroad). I also met up one evening with Betsy over at Betsytransatlantically for a Pimm's and some lovely conversation.
I've met a few locals too, courtesy of some 'friends of friends' who introduced me and we had a terrific afternoon the other day, drinking and eating Colombian food (score). And of course my pals in France...! Love those girls.
All of these folks have helped me to feel not quite so isolated and alone here and for that I'm incredibly grateful.
Theres so much more to tell, but, I have COMPREHENSIVE exams coming up AND a visitor coming in town. Remember Sonia? From the coconut bowling incident? Yeah, she's coming on Sunday!!!