We went to London! London, England. Not London, Ontario. We are still getting over our jet lag, but we are almost there. I have so much to write about, every day I was thinking about what I wanted to write and I just didn’t have the time. So I hope it unfolds slowly here in the days ahead. It was a busy and fun time. Sometimes it was hard. Sometimes it was adventurous. And sometimes, it felt like home.
We stayed in a flat rented through AirBNB in our old neighbourhood, Hackney (East London) which was fantabulous; having the familiarity and also seeing the new and old since we were last there just over 4 years ago. We celebrated Ali’s birthday with some of his extended family (thanks so much for making the trip!) and had a gathering of friends on the weekend (more thanks for coming!). We had appointments and visits and bus rides and train rides and tube rides. We walked and rolled (oxford st, soho, covent garden, st. paul’s cathedral, millennium bridge, waterloo bridge, spitalfields, brick lane, hackney central, london fields, broadway market, regent’s canal, borough market, the southbank…) We ate and ate and ate (fish-n-chips! vietnamese! flapjacks!). We did some shopping (toys for the kiddos from hamleys!). Took photos (check instagram. stay tuned for flickr links). Stared at modern art (the tate!). Explored. Reminisced. Enjoyed. Rain or shine. It was good. It was also hard. Did I mention that already?
I remember when we were living there ‘hoodies’ were a big issue. You couldn’t wear your hood up in shops (I think one town passed a law?). One story in particular I recall was that of a 3 year old who was asked to put his hood down or the family would have to leave the shop. Funny. I wonder if these two cutie pies would be asked to leave too.
Lula is wearing a hoodie sent all the way from the US from Oia and Esme’s mom. Which we love, for so many reasons. 🙂