This is going to sound silly since I’ve been living in London now since last September. However, there are times when I walk by a place and I think to myself, “Wow, I live in London!” Ever since I was a child, I wanted to live here. I don’t really have a reason, except that I thought it would be cool to be around so much history. I think my passion for reading is another big reason. I love English literature and I wanted to see the places that influenced many of my favorite authors.
My normal days though, I don’t really think about London. I get up, walk the dog, feed the dog and cat, eat breakfast, work, walk the dog, make dinner, do dishes, feed the dog and cat, watch a little TV, and then go to bed. My routine doesn’t include a moment to think, “Remember, you live in London.”
I’m trying to fix this since I want to appreciate it more. Last Friday I had an appointment in town and I decided to walk there. The Tube would have been faster, but it wouldn’t have been as fascinating as my walk.
I left my neighborhood when it stopped raining.
Here are some random shots I took along Kensington High Street.
The flower walk is one of my favorite parts of Kensington Gardens.
I walked by The Serpentine in Hyde Park. The swimming for the Triathlon will take place here this Saturday. Next weekend it will host the Marathon Swimming.
Then I passed Wellington Arch.
I missed the light to cross the street. A police officer stopped the cars and at first I thought he did to assist the tourists—the city is packed with tourists these days. Nope, he was helping these guys across the street.
There was some hoopla taking place at Buckingham Palace.
Soon after that, I found myself near Parliament and Big Ben. Olympic spirit is everywhere.
I wandered along The Thames to soak up some of the sights.
After my appointment, I headed to St. Paul’s to meet the better half.
Not a bad day out. Dude, I live in London!