Friday, January 22, 2010

Halfway over already.

... My trip to London that is. I've just arrived home from lunch with my good friend Em at Itsu sushi. Best miso soup I've had in a while. I've got less than a week left of the London fog and then it's off to Dublin... I don't know of any nicknames for that city so I'll leave it alone.

It was great being able to pick up where I left off once I arrived here. I haven't done any of the typical tourist attractions and I have no intention of re-visiting the London Eye or Big Ben. I do however, want to check out Camden markets this weekend, as well as the Beatles and David Bowie exhibit at the National Gallery. Would also like to head to the suburbs one day if I have the chance... apparently there's more to London than Zone 1.

I'm so glad I've had the chance to be a part of some of Kaila's first experiences upon moving here. Despite the terrible weather (even more dreary than usual), I think Kay has had a really enjoyable first few weeks here. I'm looking forward to hearing about all of her adventures throughout the semester.

One thing that really strikes me is the disconnect between my own perception of London and Londoners' own points of view about their city. I've spoken with work friends, school friends, and many acquaintances about the differences I see between New York and London. Specifically, the more friendly, open demeanor of most Londoners and the accepting, respectful attitude with which they treat others. And that's not to say that New Yorkers are cold and quick to cast judgment, but I find that more often than not Londoners tend to take others at their word and seem very personable and genuine right away. I've obviously considered that this is all a farce and part of that "British charm" we hear so much of, but my friends and colleagues have continued to impress me with their continued sincerity that has really gone above and beyond any obligation. Perhaps its too soon to generalize about the English, but I do know I have met some of the best people I know in London.

Anyway, I'll write more another time. Heading to Camden with Kaila for a few pubs.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Inactivity and lethargy.

Why is it that when I don't have a million things to do, I refuse to do even one thing. Like the quick, easy errands I have to run... nope. Won't do 'em. And packing for London... not happening. I haven't even unwrapped my new external hard drive to transfer my data to my new mac. If I were working / schooling this month, this all would have been done. What gives?

This is partly why I haven't written in a while... it's one more thing on my To Do List, even though it's enjoyable. Even reading seems like a chore, which is completely ridiculous. It's like my mind has completely shut down and all I can do is chat on facebook and play with my itunes while watching TV. Sad.

But, I'll have to kick it into high gear the next few days... packing for London tomorrow and girl's night out, trip into the city to see Andy and Ash Saturday, meeting my new roommate Sunday, getting set Monday and shipping off Tuesday. I couldn't be happier to be heading back to London Town. I just know it will be magical, as it always is. And Dublin will be equally wonderful I'm sure.

List of pending things to do that may or may not ever get done: add album artwork in itunes, download new apps for my iphone, finish reading Running and Being, get a haircut.

New Year's Resolution (one of them) ... (that I just thought of this minute): run another marathon (preferably the NY marathon in the fall).

Sorry this post is lame. I'm lethargic and inactive.