BACK IN LONDON

Before heading off to New Zealand, I had a full week back in sparkly (and now wintery) London. It was a solid seven days of braving the freezing cold to enjoy the city's holiday festivities and learning that London is VERY serious about it's Christmas decor. 

The weather called for many indoor-activities, so we skipped ice skating at the Somerset House and instead checked out the "Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk" exhibition at the gallery inside. Blondie is just such a crazy babe and the photographer, Chris Stein (her old boyfriend and bandmate) had a great quote about the exhibit: "Photographs exist outside of the feedback loop of our capricious thought processes. They ground the moment in some semblance of solidity."

The weather called for many indoor-activities, so we skipped ice skating at the Somerset House and instead checked out the "Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk" exhibition at the gallery inside. Blondie is just such a crazy babe and the photographer, Chris Stein (her old boyfriend and bandmate) had a great quote about the exhibit: "Photographs exist outside of the feedback loop of our capricious thought processes. They ground the moment in some semblance of solidity."

A bit of Xmas shopping, a bit of hardware store shopping...

A bit of Xmas shopping, a bit of hardware store shopping...

We made it to "Winter Wonderland" and "Winterville", 2 festivals in London that are filled with amusement park rides, bright lights, food, live music, dance floors and cinnamon-y mulled wine. 

We made it to "Winter Wonderland" and "Winterville", 2 festivals in London that are filled with amusement park rides, bright lights, food, live music, dance floors and cinnamon-y mulled wine. 

My (very appropriate) last meal in London: tea + biscuits at Heathrow.

My (very appropriate) last meal in London: tea + biscuits at Heathrow.

My last week in London topped off 3 months of hopping around the UK + Europe. The other side of the Atlantic surpassed my expectations, the cities and landscapes were lovely and the humans I encountered were even better.  

Now, it's off to New Zealand for a second-summer and a much anticipated road trip with one of my favorite Americans. (!!!!)