Within my last month in England, I had completed my M.A Publishing program, turned in my 50+ page dissertation, visited six countries in two weeks, and figured out how to pack a year's worth of stuff into two suitcases.
Today I find myself quite nostalgic, and reflecting upon some of my favorite things from England. This is in no way a complete list, far from it, in fact. It's just the things that come to mind today.
- The pubs. There is simply nothing like it here. Stephen Starr tries to replicate it with The Dandelion, but I scoff at the thought of paying $28 for a Sunday roast. My favorite kind of pub were the no frills ones. Just cozy sofas, a lit fireplace in the winter and outside seating in the summer. The Cocoanut and Druid's Head were two of my favorites in Kingston. The Cocoanut had possibly the best Thai food, whereas Druid's Head served a perfect Yorkshire pudding wrap.
|Photo courtesy of Jackie|
|The Ten Bells, where Jack the Ripper hung out.|
|Picnic on a gorgeous day in Richmond Park|
|Our two favorite Irish people (other than me, because I'm totally Irish, right Niamh??)|
|At the Slug and Lettuce on St. George's Day.|
|From Tulsa to London- it's Best Friend Carrie!|
|My sweet, lovely, dear friend Isabelle xoxo|
|My two sweet girls, Jenny and Niamh.|
|..and a more typical picture of Meg, Niamh and Jenny.|
|Niamh and me along the Thames. RIP cute fedora|
|Old London Road|
|Kingston town centre|
|Kingston town centre|
|Hampton Court Palace|
|I miss you, Next.|
|Bushy Park. I spent many hours running in this park and it never ceased to amaze me.|
|The Thames, trail to Hampton Court|
|Scratch that- I DON'T miss those foxes!|
|The Prime Meridian!|
- Miscellaneous things that pop in my head from time to time. Sainsbury's brand cream crackers, dark chocolate digestives, cheesy chips, Boots, NHS (I miss you sooooo, free healthcare!!), Sunday roasts, Primark, etc. The list goes on.
While I'm so happy living in Philadelphia again, I often miss England and the British culture. Fortunately, we're already planning our next visit back in summer 2012. Hopefully we'll time it right and be in England before the Olympics, and in Europe during them.
And who's to say where we'll be living in 5 years? :) We like to hop around.