Here is your step-by-step on how to become a full-blown Londoner. Step one, don’t read this.
In case you didn’t already notice, this will definitely not be your guide as to how to become a full-time Londoner. It’s taken about three years for me to become a full-time Washingtonian, and I still feel like there is so much more to discover there.
Maybe around April when I’ve been across the pond long enough, then I’ll have a guide for you. For the moment, however, I’ve only been here two weeks and am still getting to know my way around the city (and fighting my jet lag).
Regardless, I’ve been slowly acquainting myself with the city and everything it has to offer. Just this morning I took a little stroll around the block just to see what was at the end of the road. I learned that I had literally just walked a circle, nothing too exciting. But hey, exercise! Am I right?
The one thing I’m 100% certain of since this trip has begun is that I’ll be doing more walking than I ever have. Granted, I walk a decent amount of the time when I’m back in D.C., but London is giving me a run for my money.
Since we’ve spoken last, I’ve taken a trip over to King Henry VIII’s old stomping grounds, headed back over to the Portobello Road Market, stopped into an adorable used bookstore, visited the Science Museum, ventured back to Oxford Street for another nighttime adventure, and ate a burger the size of my head.
Without a doubt, I’ve been keeping busy since I’ve been here. I find myself at a bit of a crossroads, however, torn between thinking that there won’t be enough time to see all the things I want to see while in London and being excited to see my family again in April.
So I’ve come to the conclusion that I have absolutely no idea what I want. I’m excited to be in London and can’t wait to explore more of the city, but I also want to be surrounded by my family and friends from back home, and wish that they could be experiencing this with me.
Therefore, in an attempt to reconcile my very mixed emotions, I’ve decided to take my adventures one day at a time. As much as I love to plan things out, right now I’m just taking it slow. I’m getting to know London a little bit more everyday, and know that the semester is going to be over in the blink of an eye. So why not make the most of my time here while I can? One day at a time, baby, one day at a time.