Tomorrow marks one week living the London life- and it already has been chock full of adventure. Being in a foreign city as a newlywed is an adventure in itself- add to that living in the center of “Royal London” and you’ve got gobs of exploration just waiting to happen.
Much of this week has been spent trying to teach my body to adjust to the 5 hour time change- I’m getting there, but I think I need another week or so to officially sync my internal clock to London’s timing. Some of this week has also been spent learning how to navigate the charming streets of Westminster- and I’m happy to report that I think I just about have most of the main routes down. With this visual brain of mine, I’ve always had a keen sense of direction- which I am especially thankful for now. Joey and I have opted not to have cell phones during our time here- so we’ve been relying on getting from point a to point b the old school way…map quest…that and memory.
To me, even the seemingly mundane chores here and the little adjustments to London life, are full of adventure. I have loved exploring the various grocery stores with Joey, discovering that the English often don’t refrigerate their eggs, or SELL TUPPERWARE (kinda frustrating haha), or even learning the dollar to pound conversion. These little things have been fun discoveries for me!
But to add to the little adventures, have been large adventures of seeing amazing structures and landmarks that I never dreamed I would see in real life. Joey and I are very blessed to live a mere 10 minute way from Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. On Saturday night, Joey took me to see a couple of these magnificent buildings for the fist time- and the experience was incredible. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey are so incredibly ornate and massive- that looking at them feels unreal. I’ve only ever seen these buildings on TV or the internet, and to see them in person is surreal. Yes, I am a photographer- but I have to say- pictures do NOT do them justice. They hold a sort of magnificence that you can only truly experience in person. But that’s not to say that they aren’t amazingly photogenic and that I didn’t snap a billion and one pictures of them…
Yesterday late afternoon, Joey and I walked the opposite direction of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey to behold another magnificent structure- Buckingham Palace. In walking the streets of London leading up to the Palace, it almost felt as if the Palace just appeared- there wasn’t a whole lot of lead up to the mansion- but there it was- in all it’s glory- with gold encrusted gates- several stoic guards, and loads of tourists just like us. It was beautiful.
So, I will leave you with photos from these amazing landmarks. I am having SO much fun photographing this incredible city- and there is SOO much left to document. Cannot. wait.