So this is one of possibly more conclusions of my time spent in London. As this is a travel blog, it is time to bring the traveler home (since I have been home for 7 months). After finishing up my thoughts on my study abroad, I think I will be altering this blog into one about comics, writing and other fantastical musings. More on that later.
First off, I didn’t miss London immediately because I have delayed reactions to things and coming home new changes were all around. It did not happen until it started raining just a few short months ago. The rain brought me back immediately to the brick streets and gloomy yet fun-filled days. And I felt this gnawing ache like I needed to be asleep on the tube. I don’t remember if I mentioned this in a previous post but I fell asleep on the tube a lot. Greg would say “every time.” He would be mostly correct. For a week after I got home I dreamt of London every night. It was very confusing to wake up in Seattle in the mornings during that week. I felt very torn and like I was in two places at once. It was a little exhausting actually. But I cannot wait to go back and take someone with me! I feel I know the city by heart (and by tube station).
I especially miss it when I look at pictures. It’s funny how we take pictures obsessively now with instant gratification of seeing the photo immediately after we take it. I printed off a few pictures and gave them away as gifts for Christmas and the experience felt more real with tangible evidence in my hands. The images seem flatter than I remember.
Those are my thoughts on London for now. If I have any more, you will be sure to know. I will leave you with a mini update of the 7 months I went on a blog leave.
Upon my departure from London in the bulleted version:
Said my goodbyes to my gracious host family/the tube/the parks/the pubs/the currency/the markets/the delicious bacon filled food/the dog and fox poop/etc.
Hopped a train with two friends to Heathrow
Flew thousands of miles
Saw Ross in person with flowers and a smile!
Slept for a day
Went to work for two days
Graduated from both majors
Attended Ross’ graduation
Worked on campus all summer
Searched for “real” jobs all summer
Hired the day after summer job ended!
Working now to pay for school that is now over