My round-the-world trip took an unexpected detour in Hong Kong two days ago. Our flight from Auckland was delayed for an hour and a half, and upon arrival in Hong Kong we found ourselves marooned in the former British territory with no flight to Tokyo until the following morning. Cathay put us up in a hotel inside the airport, and we started making lemonade from this handful of layover lemons.
As part of my round-the-world trip, I arrived in New Zealand on January 2. My boyfriend and I drove straight from Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula. The scenery was spectacular. We saw beautiful coastline, rolling hills, farmland, and lots of small towns along the way. We even got chased down a hill by a gigantic sheep!
The Australia portion of my round-the-world trip went by far too quickly. The overcast skies in the land down under cleared up after Christmas day and the weather was beautiful for the rest of our time in Sydney.
My round-the-world trip started on Friday morning when my boyfriend and I took the Eurostar to Paris for the weekend. We got upgraded to an amazing suite at the Prince de Galles hotel and had a great time exploring Christmas markets and farmers’ markets, spending time with a friend of mine, and eating great food.
With Christmas just over a week away and this being the first Christmas I will spend away from my family, I feel like I should write a bit about the holiday season in London.
The first outdoor decorations I noticed were some massive lights on Regent Street. At first I mistook them for larger-than-life atomic models, but then I realized that they were supposed to be giant 3D snowflakes.
Today my boyfriend and I ventured up to Golders Green, the neighborhood just north of Hampstead. A friend of ours recommended it as a great place to get yummy Jewish food, so we were pretty excited. A short walk down Golders Green Road had us salivating. We ended up at a place called Milk N’ Honey, where our delicious Jerusalem Toast consisted of cheese and boiled egg sandwiched between two halves of a bagel, grilled to perfection. I left feeling wonderfully stuffed from the food at this lovely restaurant in London.
Last night was the first night in the new place, and so far I’m loving it. I will love it even more when our furniture arrives in 5-7 weeks.
Right now the second bedroom is littered with suitcases and clothing and we’ve been eating at the kitchen counter since we don’t have any tables yet. That said, I’m so happy to finally be in a permanent residence that I can overlook all of that and be glad to be home!
I just got back from a week-long trip to San Francisco. It was strange and a bit surreal to be a visitor in my own city.
My flights to SFO were a disaster; the London to Chicago flight was delayed, causing me to miss my connection. The next flight out of Chicago was then delayed, so I had a five and a half hour layover at O’Hare. My mom picked me up from the airport around midnight and when we got home I said hello to my dog and collapsed into bed. Somehow I always forget how long it takes to fly from London to San Francisco.