|Covent Garden! Awesome place. Like my hat?|
|Two iconic London sights. The Tube and the Black Cab.|
|I tried to get him to laugh but he didn't even blink!|
|Just a BEAUTIFUL day sitting in St. James Park near the Duck Island.|
|Kaitlin and I had our own lovely day sitting at the park.|
|IT'S THE HARRY POTTER BRIDGE AND I CROSSED IT. No wizard sightings.|
|The often misnamed Tower Bridge as seen from Tower of London.|
|It wouldn't be complete without a visit to Twinings. Which I happened to stumble across.|
|I love Pret. Love.|
|That's right! Top of the bus!|
|I'd hoped my dress-like-a-witch-trying-to-dress-like-a-muggle disguise would work but it didn't. :(|
|Cue hyperventilation. This is THE DESK that Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility were written on. WHOA.|
|Me outside Jane Austen's kitchen.|
|Maybe my favorite photo.|
Well, on May 17 at approximately 2pm I landed in Chicago after a lovely flight in which I watched "Alfred Knobs", "Jane Eyre" (the Michael Fassbender one), and "The Descendents". I actually like transatlantic flights b/c of all the movie watching. Maybe like is a strong word.
I've grown. I feel different. And I like it - it's not just a matter of maturity, it's a matter of becoming more of ME! The person I am meant to become. I've met AWESOME people* who have impacted me so much, people that have helped me learn more about me, put up with me, and simply been there in my darkest hours. Travel and losing my dad and not seeing my friends or family for almost nine months has been...life changing.
And so my dear beloved readers, after just over 100 posts, and 260 days, and I've no idea how many photos, and six countries.....it's the End.
It's been amazing. AMAZING. And ridiculous and tough and heart wrenching and challenging...
And it's not over! Well this part is - but the trick of life you learn while traveling, the trick of living each day consciously and refusing to just struggle through and slug on? That will continue. And there will be LOTS of baking involved.
So check me out in a few weeks at girlpenspoon.wordpress.com. Right now there's not much to see. Just a template. I'm working on it!
Baci per sempre,
*Special shout out to my Rhomers -especially Natalie and Megan and Caitlin, Mas de Madelena, Sebastian, Sam, Sara from Poland, Brie from Santorini, my MICers -especially Emma, and everyone else!