I want to go to there: London - Tia
I would live in London...if it weren't for the weather. It is literally the one thing that keeps me from renouncing my citizenship, becoming an expat (yes, those are basically the same things) and moving to the country that was smart enough to avoid the Euro. (The £ continues to kick the butts of the other world currencies. Good call, UK...good call) I don't do well with consistent overcast days. Winter in the states is hard enough. So I couldn't imagine living under a constant cover of gray. But I don't exaggerate when I say it's the only thing that keeps me in the states.
I can't quite put my finger on what it is that makes me so enamored with the city. Of course the accents are a huge seller. While a life-long British man may neither notice nor appreciate the melody of his voice, I certainly do.
Or maybe it's the different cultures. Adele sang, "I like it in the city when two worlds collide." While I know singing "two" was merely poetic license, the underlying idea was not lost on me. There are so many different kinds of, well, everything in London. From Trafalgar Square to Camden Lock, I know I spent more time people watching in London than I have anywhere else.
And I love to wander. People who know me find it interesting that I'm not a planner when it comes to traveling. Maybe it's because I spend so much time trying to map out all of the details of my everyday. But the minute I hit foreign soil I could not care less about where the day takes me. Some of my best experiences have been when I've gotten lost from just letting my feet take me where they may. From the hot train station attendant at King's Cross to the school children playing in the garden in Notting Hill, (I had to be talked out of trying to take one of the kids. But he was just so cute in his little hat and knickers.) some of my favorite moments occurred when I didn't have a plan.
I've been thinking of going back to London for the New Year. British Airways has fairly reasonable ticket prices for that time of year. And while the threat of really CRAP weather does make me hesitate a bit, the thought of being able to ring in the New Year with a glass of champagne, surrounded by my favorite accents, in one of my favorite places on earth almost has me willing to throw caution to the bitter winter wind. Hmmm...we'll see.