“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt
Finally, after what has been too long, a new post. My long hiatus has been a result of several circumstances, which including immersing myself on freelance work, learning new skills, and many moments of hesitation in between. Thank goodness, after redesigning this entire site for the third time, I’m ready to do this thing called blogging again. Hopefully, more consistently. This is just a tiny glimpse of my trip to the United Kingdom a few months ago with my closest and longtime friend, Kim (she’s a talented baker and cake decorator!
). We also traveled with several new friends, comprised of two lovely married couples plus an older guy. They also served as our wonderful guardians during this trip, whom we are incredibly blessed to meet and have gotten close with. Apart from a couple of English cities and a couple of days in Edinburgh, a huge chunk of our ten-day trip is centered in London, one of my favorite cities in the world. The first time I visited the city was back in 2001 with my family – thirteen years ago!
I can already hardly remember what it was like, being a curious eleven-year-old girl staring at the hugeness of the Buckingham Palace, the Big Ben – wearing silly baggy outfits
and a sense of naive, yet wide-eyed wonder. This trip then, at 23 and armed with a smartphone, a camera, better clothes, and a deeper sense of curiosity, is a new experience altogether. I was able to converse with British locals, marvel at the rich history of iconic landmarks, and give a handful pieces art its rightful appreciation in the museums we visited. But the best part was traveling with newfound friends and having the best, most reliable travel buddy and roommate I could ever ask for. This is Part One of an x-part series of my UK Travel Diaries. More to come!
Pictures taken at Covent Garden Square, Peggy Porschen Bespoke Cake Company, the London Eye, and the streets at the City of Westminster (an Inner London borough).