I am on holidays and overseas! And absolutely loving it – I actually yelled it out loud and it makes me feel incredibly liberated. I am hoping to blog a bit more in the coming weeks as I bring you some beautiful pictures and hopefully engaging stories to get you inspired…
Places I’ve never visited before always trigger a mountain of emotions and gratitude. It’s the unknown landscapes and customs that always surprise me and observing people is one of my favourite pass times. Let’s kick it off with the first 5 things I learned and loved thus far:
Considering I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life but never been to London had to be corrected on this trip. Upon arrival to Heathrow airport a very dear friend of mine came to pick me up and that’s where the improvisation had to start… Not only did my suitcase not fit into his super cute but extremely impractical convertible but we also didn’t have a rope to tie the boot down. So here I was frantically trying to beg any stranger around in the car park for a piece of rope which of course none of them had… So here comes my friend who is an audio technician using one of his audio cables that he just happened to have in his boot only long enough to tie it to the wheel of my suitcase… It was stable enough for us to drive to the nearest petrol station where he purchased a proper rope to secure the suitcase correctly. So off we went driving into the city…
AIR BNB ROCKS
I booked to stay near London Bridge through an airbnb rental that was absolutely perfect. I deliberately chose the place for its location and the fact that I was only renting a room rather than a full apartment. It not only saves you money but also lets you meet people easier who in most cases are very willing to share tips on what to see and how to get around. Airbnb allows you to rent a full apartment, house or just a room in someone else’s residence. You can be staying in parts of town where there are no hotels and truly live like a local. I love the convenience of things like having a fridge, washing machine or even a parking space so you can be truly self sufficient and still feel like you have a nice place to come home after a long day of exploring. Lydia, my host was fabulous. The quintessential London Lady with a life and friendship circle to impress (and incredibly fun to say the least…)
CHIVALRY IS NOT DEAD
There is a level of romanticism and dare I say ‘sexiness’ when a gentleman does those little things that just make an ordinary day filled with thoughtful gestures. You know the kind like opening the door for you, helping you with your chair at a restaurant, paying for dinner, carrying your super heavy photo equipment on a fun day around town sightseeing, buying you flowers etc. I am sure you get the drift. Well, all of these and more happened to me in London. Ladies, chivalry is well and truly alive in this city and it was so refreshing to experience that.
ALWAYS HAVE AN OPEN MIND
I met one of Lydia’s friends, Jamie who is a yoga and meditation teacher. A native New Zealander, he was in London only for a couple of days but his presence has shifted something in me. He’s got this inner peace about him, the kind of confidence and energy that only comes from years of practicing what he ‘preaches’. How did the universe know I’ve planned to learn more about meditation and establish a regular practice by the time I’ve got back to Sydney? Well, somehow it was clear as day and the next thing I know Jamie is inviting me to a heart meditation session in Paddington that just happened to be on that day (mind you they only have this class once a week). I felt it was the right opportunity to get started and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I’m incredibly grateful for listening to my body and gut feel on this trip and allowing the spontaneous wonders to add to my experience. It was also here that I’ve experienced reiki healing and keen to learn more about it. Jamie, thank you for this incredible experience and I am hoping our paths cross soon. Perhaps on one of your yoga and meditation retreats…
DON’T BE AFRAID OF SOLO TRAVEL
Even though I love sharing new experiences on my travels with friends and loved ones, solo travel has its magic: you meet people easier, you can be more spontaneous, you can sleep in without anyone nagging you and also keep a pace that just feels right for your body and mind on any given day. I try organising quick meet ups with friends and family along the way but always make sure I’ve got at least a couple of days just for myself doing what my heart desires. Immersing myself into a local culture can be as easy as participating in yoga, going to a seminar or just taking my time drinking coffee and blog in a cafe without the feeling of having to rush around wanting to see ‘everything’… you know, that feeling of ‘missing out’ so many travelers have? My worst nightmare if you ask me…
Please enjoy some of the photos I’ve taken thus far and share what life lessons you’ve learned when you last traveled. I would be interested to know…
Love and light,
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