If I had to choose one word to describe the last week or two, whirlwind would definitely be it.  And it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

I was in London for a little over a week for work (more on that trip in a minute).  I am now back in Chicago for one more week.  I then fly back to Miami for a couple of days before flying back out to Austin for my friend Monica’s bachelorette party (yee haw!).  I then fly to Atlanta the following week for a wedding.  And then we’re going back to London for a week for another team meeting.

And that’s just October!

As much as I love travelling, hanging out with friends/family, etc., I miss Miami and our life there!  I cannot wait to be home for all of December and not have to get on a plane.  We may go to Key West for a few days, but that’s within driving distance…phew!

So…London!  Even though we were there for a little over a week, the trip went by extremely fast.  Well, I take that back.  The days were long (7 am to 10 pm on average), but our overall time there felt short.  My team hosted a global conference for 50 leaders from over 35 countries – it was an incredible experience!  I finally met individuals that I’ve been corresponding with for over 2 years – it was like a family reunion!

There is really no way to talk about the trip in one post, so I’m going to share a few pictures and some of my favorite moments and things.

London 2
I freakin’ love Pret-a-manger’s porridge and berry compote.  It’s like oatmeal but better – super creamy and custard like.  I had this for breakfast every day.  It’s honestly perfection in a cup.

London 5
What would a trip to London be if we didn’t have scones and tea (or in my case coffee).  And from my limited experience Fortnum and Mason has some of the best scones, clotted cream, and jam around.  Thea and I are going back in October!

London 6
London 1

London 11
During my last trip to London, I walked around the grounds of Kensington Palace but didn’t have the chance to go on a tour.  Well, this time around we had some free time and decided to tour the Palace.  It was a really fun experience learning about the Royal families and seeing various artifacts.  My favorite part was seeing Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana’s dresses from the various decades.  Seriously stunning!

London 3
We ended our trip with a delicious meal at Wahaca (a Mexican restaurant with an innovative menu and offerings) and a little bit dancing at a local bar.  Good times were had by all!

And finally, I hope to get back to a regular blogging schedule soon.  Please bear with me!  I have some fun topic ideas in mind…I just need to find time to type them all out!

By Parita

14 thoughts on “Life Lately + London”
  1. I love traveling too, but I’m like you and I need some downtime. Still, all of your travels sound amazing and I’m jealous 🙂 I’ve never been to Europe, so I’m obsessed with hearing all about it. Also, I’ve never had porridge, which makes me sad.

    Have a fun whirlwind as it continues!
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    1. Thanks, Kacy! I’ve only been to London but am looking forward to one day exploring more cities/countries. You would absolutely love it – it’s like walking around in a Charles Dickins novel. 🙂

    1. As much as I have loved “living” in Chicago for the past month, I am really looking forward to being home! It’s all about that balance!

  2. Pret certainly deliver the better porridge – a great start to the day!

    Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester is lovely too, though you may have to book in advance. Hope your return trip in October is a good one. We’ve been enjoying a rather mild September in London and rumour has it that October is going to be balmy too.

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