Yes, London is calling me and this is why:
DAUGHTER HAS MOVED THERE!!
You may or may not know this…but for those of you who do not: well, yes, she moved about a month ago. Many, many months of preparation but it’s all worked out beautifully!!! That’s my girl.
She is in graduate school at University of Westminster, right in London, and has an
apartment flat in a lovely neighborhood.
And this is part of what she’s studying:
Last Thursday she had her first full day of meetings, classes, orientation etc. and this was what she posted to me on What’sApp:
“I have homework. Like, library research. With citations. Goodness. I thought I was here to shop and travel!!!”
Don’t worry, we all know what she is REALLY there for and all will be good!
Anyway, I am going over for a few weeks to stay with her. Which is kind of the point of this entire post! And, of course, I can’t wait.
I will see many friends: already have five days blocked out for meetups which will include lunch, photo walks, going to Covent Garden, Petersham Nurseries and a photo walk by the Thames in Richmond, Sky Garden and Kew Gardens and yes, taking the Eurostar to Paris for the night.
But I also want to tell you of a few new goodies I have bought for this trip and beyond.
- Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
I test drive my shoes for hours and hours inside the house. I wore these for six hours, two days in a row and then bit the bullet and wore them out to do errands. I love them! They DO need a liner as that elastic heel can rub, but otherwise no problems.
- The very trendy Quip Toothbrush
You have probably seen the endless ads for this toothbrush. Yes, I fell for it. It does get negative reviews, mostly that it is not really effective as an “electric” toothbrush and is expensive. I agree with the latter. As to its effectiveness: well, it seems to me that any toothbrush is as effective as the user makes it.
Truth be told, I bought this for #1 the trendy style, colors and design and #2 as a travel toothbrush alternative. I hate being without my electric brush for more than a few nights. I tried taking a battery operated brush on one trip and well….I left the battery in it, it went off inside my checked suitcase, and end of battery!
With this brush, the battery is deep inside that handle, the sleek tube you see there becomes a cover, and yes, it is very COOL! I bought the copper color (in case you are interested.)
I have a few more items I will show you after I have tested them: nothing like those overnight flights to REALLY test some of the things we buy, right?
And, it’s so much cooler there than here. Hmmm. So, of course, we have the packing conundrum. Where I live it is still summer time; in fact, I’ve been swimming outdoors every day. But oh how nice to not have the grinding humidity …or at least for a while.
Once again, you can follow me best on Instagram. But not for another week, y’all!
Very exciting for everyone! Have a great time.
Well isn’t that handy having a ready place to stay IN London. I love your trip ideas. Our days are getting crisper. See you in October (after the 22nd)
See you soon Julie. Yes, very handy indeed to have a place to stay!!!
You’re going to have so much fun there! And I LOVE that toothbrush. At least how it looks.
I’ll have to do an update on how well that brush does! And, I have 2 more puzzles for you. One more this Sunday and then I’ve suspended for 2 weeks. I’ll drop them off!!!
Enjoy your trip to London. I will be going to France on 16th October however if our paths cross and you would like to meet for a quick cup of tea give me a buzz.
Josephine: Can’t believe how my days over there are filling up! But how about Monday the 8th for tea? Somewhere in Notting Hill? I’ll write you early next week, yes? Not sure how texts go through as I have another SIM card when I get there….!!
What a wonderful excuse to go to London! A friend’s daughter went to grad school in London and LOVED IT…She loved visiting her often too.
I’ve wondered about those toothbrushes, and will be anxious to hear how it all turns out.
Have a great time – I’ll be following your travels.
You’ve got the best possible reason to travel overseas now! I hope your daughter enjoys her studies and that you enjoy your visits.
I was in London the weekend before last, out of the four days it rained three! And the weather was very chilly. It was waterproof jackets, scarves and a woolen hat for my granddaughter. However, we enjoyed the city so much- have agreat time!