- The term “on the wagon” comes from the days of hangings and beheadings in England. Prisoners about to be executed were allowed to stop at a pub on the way to their death and get drunk, while the executioners, having a job to do, had to wait outside. On the wagon.
- Although I didn’t get pooped on this time, I was told that receiving the gift of droppings from a pigeon is good luck.
- The Hard Rock Cafe in London is apparently the first of its kind.
- London is the home to some ridiculous cars. I saw my first ever bubble-gum pink, matte-finish Bentley, as well as a mirror-finish silver Mercedes, to name a few.
- Buckingham Palace is boring.
- Cabbies in London’s infamous “black cabs” are among the nicest I’ve ever had the pleasure of being driven by.
- All the best sites to see in London close early, even on weekends.
- People in costume dressed up as Henry VIII and others in his royal household make me giggle.
- Prostitutes have business cards.
- If my New England family members and friends still think that they live in the weirdest weather on earth… you haven’t been to London.
It’s official: I make the move to Paris on May 18.
While excited, I’m also starting to feel overwhelmed with all of the things I need to take care of before I head out. Aside from packing, there’s paperwork, cleaning, getting new phone numbers, getting rid of old numbers… the list goes on.
In the meantime, I’ve been trying to see as many people as I can to say my farewells. It’s been a very hectic last few weeks, but also so great to see all those familiar faces again. Although it’s too bad that it takes someone leaving to bring people together, I’ll take any excuse I can get 🙂
My plan is to keep this blog updated regularly (at least once a week) so friends and family can see into a little window of my world while I’m away. I know I’ll be traveling a lot, so that goal might be ambitious, but worth it if I can pull it off! I’d love to share photos and anecdotes from my new adventures…
In the meantime, I’ll be passing on my contact information to anyone who’s interested, and my address once I’ve found a permanent home in Paris. Don’t be a stranger!
After you turn 25, birthdays start becoming less and less exciting.
But I still want to feel like a kid and have a blast! So this year I decided to go to one of my favorite cities on earth to celebrate: New York.
Here are a few shots from our site-seeing:
And as if being in New York on my birthday wasn’t great enough, my wonderful boyfriend surprised me by coordinating getting some of my closest friends to make an appearance in the city for some birthday festivities! I’ll keep these pictures to a minimum. You don’t really want to know 😉
I always love the time I get to spend in New York, but this trip was especially awesome. Thanks to all of those who made it memorable!