I finally moved into my flat in Hampstead!
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.
On Saturday a friend and I took a day trip from London to Canterbury, the setting of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and home of the famous Canterbury Cathedral.
We left London’s Victoria Station in the morning and were greeted by beautiful blue skies when we arrived in Canterbury at noon. We walked along the old city wall and through a park, then weaved through the crowds of Christmas shoppers in the pedestrian zone to get to our main destination: the Canterbury Cathedral.
This weekend I found myself in St. Petersburg, or as some of the locals still call it, Leningrad. Having taken my share of Russian history classes in college, I was excited to see the city founded by one of Russia’s great europhile tsars, Peter the Great. I was in Moscow a few years ago, but I knew that St. Petersburg was really the cultural capital of Russia, with its beautiful architecture, great museums, and of course the Kirov ballet.