Yep, you know you've been in England for a while when you start saying "hurrah" instead of "hooray." The word slipped out the other day but it felt appropriate given the fact that this weekend marks my one year anniversary of living in London! I can't believe how quickly it has gone by. Joe marked his in March so now I'm all caught up and ready for another year of who-knows-what. I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking since I've already professed my love to this city in writing. I really do love it. Without further delay, here are some of my favorite moments, places, things, and thoughts from the year....
learning to love bunting almost as much as the British do. they're crazy about it.
watching the wedding of the century at Hyde Park
slowing down to lay on the grass, enjoy the sun, and have a treat at Kew Gardens
making our first home together
this being the normal afternoon snack
discovering the awesomeness of London's museums
wearing wellies and getting muddy along a public footpath in Devon
indulging in rest and country comfort at Hotel Endsleigh in Devon
playing tourist with my mom during her visit. this was the only way we could get a shot of her in front of the gate as police kept foot traffic moving!
being prepared for rain at any time. it's no big deal now.
getting caught in the wind with these guys on Brighton Pier
pointing to our neighborhood and places we've been to from the London Eye. we felt like such locals.
looking up and seeing colorful and interesting details like this
learning the best bus routes to/from our favorite destinations
windy days that turn joe into a little kid with his favorite toy
wanting to learn how to samba after Notting Hill's Carnival
finding random places to chill on a nice day like this parking lot lounge/street food market in Shoreditch
hiring Barclay Bikes and riding around Hyde Park
sunset walks along the canal in Little Venice
experienceing quintessential London moments and sightings
exploring the unexpected in Hampstead Heath
seeing the first signs of fall
hopping on a high-speed train for a quick day trip to Windsor
weekend mornings spent trying new cafes and catching up on the papers
finding the beauty and charm in every pub
ice skating at the Natural History Museum
joe proposing under a beautiful tree canopy on the first snow day of the year
realizing that this river taxi view was just part of a normal day's commute. felt so blessed.
as is this view from Piccadilly tube station. cranes and all.
and best of all, learning and doing it all with my favorite person in the world.
Foreign travel moments and sights are next! Those will definitely be worth a "hurrah!"