Monday, July 2, 2012

London Calling

If you're looking for something other than a post filled with touristy shots of London, move right along.  That's all we've got.

That's because we arrived here Saturday morning and don't have to house hunt until tomorrow, Tuesday.  So we've been taking advantage of our free time and exploring the city.  If you know Josh, you know this is his favorite thing to do in the world.


We've explored huge rambling markets, had traditional "Sunday Roast" for dinner, surveyed the future Olympic park, snooped through grocery stores (no, they do NOT sell yellow box Cheerios), and spent significant time attempting to find free WiFi signals, so that we can FaceTime a bit with our little girl back at home. 

Most people might choose to visit the British Library to check out King George III's personal collection of books and pamphlets. We went because we'd read that you could hop on the Internet for free.  The travel book did not lead us astray, and we were able to watch Caroline sit on top of my parents' kitchen table and eat Cheerios.  Worth the trip to the Library.

We've really enjoyed walking around town, enjoying the sights, and dreaming about what it will be like to live here pretty soon.

In addition to all kinds of tourist-friendly and WiFi-friendly activities, we've had the opportunity to take the Tube out to some of the neighborhoods we think we're interested in living.  So far, so good!  Our two favorites are just as charming as we'd thought they'd be.  I'm really looking forward with checking out real live places with a real live real estate agent tomorrow.  It will give us a much better feel for what's really out there.  Plus, we can only see the surface-level stuff about a neighborhood by walking around for an hour.  A London resident will be able to tell us about areas to avoid, bad intersections for traffic, etc.

Today's agenda?  For Josh, it's going into the office and meeting his future boss.

For me, it's shopping.  That's fair, right?  Maybe not.  Other than H&M, I'm woefully ignorant about stores here.  Am I going to find myself walking into the equivalent of Saks or Kohls?  What's on par with Macy's?  Or Banana Republic?  Where does one buy baby equipment or maternity clothes?  Hopefully today's adventures will give me a better idea.  In any case, it should be fun.


Ali said...

Love the picture of the bridge with the olympic rings. What awesome timing.

Anonymous said...

Well, you have to check out Harrod's even if you don't buy anything there. Oh, and when they hand you a map upon arrival, take it, you will be glad you did! Nancy Heath

Mary Kate said...

Have fun!! Thanks for the update!!!!