Sunday, July 31, 2011

Remember When I Was In Prague (Part 1)

I promised you that I would write about my trip so here it is...

My friend Laura was going to be in Prague for a work conference and when she was booking her trip she mentioned staying with me for a week after she was done with her work thing.  Well, come to find out, she had a room all to herself at the hotel so he invited me to come stay.  I found incredibly cheap air fare on Wizz Air (a real no frills airline) and booked it.  Next thing I know I am traveling up to Luton Airport after work on the train and waiting for my flight.  After an hour delay we boarded and I was en route to Prague.

I arrived very late at night and when I got to the hotel I couldn't get in touch with Laura as her phone was dead. I waited in the lobby and I knew she would eventually come and find me, sure enough that happened.  On the first night we stayed up until 2am chatting.  She had to attend a lecture the next morning she gave me a map with some of the main sites to see and we planned to meet up in the afternoon.  This is what I saw...
Wenceslaw Square
The Powder Tower

Me in Prague :)
The Astronomical Clock
The Tyn Church
Old Town Square

When I met back up with Laura in the afternoon we headed to the Jewish Quarter.

And then crossed over Charles Bridge to the Lesser Quarter.

Stay tuned for the other part of my trip...

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Little Taste

To quote my friend Laura, who I have just spend the last 2 weeks with..."Hey Ya'll"
I'm back and will be sure to update you on all the fun and exciting things that have been going on in my life.  If you didn't know, I just got back from a mini holiday and a mini staycation. I was in Prague for 3 days and then upon returning from Prague (the above mentioned) Laura and I got to spend some great quality time together.  I ate amazing food, drank delicious beer, saw some incredible shows and laughed like it was nobody's business.  I'm at work right now so I don't have all my photos to put in this post, but I will be sure to write a separate post this weekend showing you all the great things I have been up to. For now though, here is a taster....

Stay tuned for the more detailed stuff :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

One Year Came and Went

Sunday was my one year Londoniversary. I can't believe it, honestly the year flew by.  I remember sitting at the airport waiting to board my plane and waiting to start my life in another country.  It's been an interesting year, there have been a lot of ups and honestly, there have been a lot of downs too.  But that's what happens when you make a major change, right?!

I'm not going to go into details, but I have been going through a lot of personal issues recently and these issues have recently gotten the best of me.  I will tell you the parts that I want to divulge and I am going to leave out the really personal stuff for privacy reasons.  You may know that I've been getting really down about my job (you may have read all about it here) well, I will be truthful and tell you that I have literally had full on sobbing meltdowns due to this job. Not because I am have a bad experience or anything, but because I am so bored and broke and it has been making me miserably unhappy.  The attitude that I have taken on has really be affecting how I handle my daily life.  Well my friends, this past week, I recently hit rock bottom and was ready to hang out there.  I even went as far as calling my mom and telling her I want to come home.  I thought that packing up all my things and hightailing it back to Massachusetts would solve all my problems.  Then I woke up the next morning with a clearer head and realized that this was not what I really wanted nor was running away from it all going to solve anything.

So pretty much, I had, with the help of my friends and family, an epiphany (for lack of a better word) of sorts.  I've come to realize that I'm always running away.  When the going get rough what do I do, I run home to mummy.  Well, I will be 33 in a couple weeks and I am now going to start taking responsibility for my life...about time right?  Also, a friend said something to me the other day that really resonated with me, she said that when I hit bottom, I am down and I don't want to get back up.  I can't say she is wrong.  So something else I  have thought about is pulling myself out of this rut and the others that I'm sure will eventually come my way.  Positivity and happiness can do wonders.  If I keep positive about things then things wont seem so catastrophic.  I've also adopted a new mantra, but for right now I am going to keep that to myself :)  It really seems to be working too, which is amazing! 

As for work, the only thing I can do is keep positive about it. I am fortunate to have a job right now and while I at work I can use my time wisely and seek out opportunities while I'm here.  All is not lost!  I will get a new job and being stuck will not stick.  I hope you will stick with me on this new journey and I look forward to taking you all along.  As for journeying...I am on my way to Prague tonight for a few days and then back to London for a bit of a staycation with the lovely Laura!  I cannot wait to explore this new city and see what is has in store for me. 

Oh and as for the day of my Londoniversary, I coincidentally spent with my old roommate from New York, Caroline. We ate Thai food in a pub and chatted over a beer.  It was a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Playing Catch-up

Again it's been ages...sorry friends!
What have I been up to, a whole lot and nothing much.  I'll begin with my most recent realization, yesterday was the 4th of July and yesterday marks the first time in my almost 33 years that I have not been in the US to celebrate.  Funny enough, here I am living in the country that the US is celebrating their independence from.  Happy (Belated) Birthday America!

I've been trucking away at this dead end job with the weekends keeping my sanity at bay.  Between work, my new blog and a few things here and there, life has been pretty low key...not that I am complaining (well maybe about the job I am.)

Recently I went to see Derren Brown's new show Svengali, which blew my mind.  If you don't know who Derren Brown is, let me tell you a little bit about him.  He is what they call a "psychological illusionist" he isn't like David Copperfield (creep) or Criss Angel (freak), he is a genius! Tom is a fan of his having seen one of his shows last year and he introduced him to me through some television specials.  It's one thing to watch him on television, its another story to see him perform live.  One the walk home Tom and I tried to work out how some of this "tricks" were done and still couldn't figure it out.  Mind-boggling!!!

I have a lot of things coming up that I'm really excited about.  First and foremost, I'm seeing Kevin Spacey play the title character in Richard III which I am beyond thrilled about. I got the tickets back in January and have been anxiously awaiting this.  My one year Londoniversay is approaching this month and I have booked afternoon tea at The Wolseley to celebrate with my dear flatmate! Also my dear friend Laura is coming back to London to visit. She will be heading to Prague for a work conference and I will be joining her for 3 days. I have never been to Prague and am really looking forward to exploring a culture I know nothing about and drinking some good beer! Then she comes back and spends a week with me in London. Laura is one of my most favorite people in the world and I cannot wait for her to get here.  If you have been reading my blog from the beginning you will know that she is the one who helped me get settled the week I moved.  We will be taking in some more culture as we have tickets to see All's Well That Ends Well and Anne Boleyn at The Globe. Then its my birthday :) 

While at present not much has been going on,  I have a lot to look forward too!
Sorry I have been MIA. I hope to keep you in the know about the future things...and hopefully a wonderful new job (fingers crossed!)