Bidding farewell to London life
There's big news to share today. After three lovely and odd little years in London, we will be moving back to our native New Jersey later this summer. We're very happy about the move, but there's a lot we'll miss in London. There's the beautiful city itself, the friends we've made, the proximity to the rest of Europe (and the cheap-ass flights that take you there). There's the teachers, the choir, the yoga studio, the.... I'd initially envisioned writing a longer and more thoughtful piece about this major event, and someday, somewhere, I hope to. But given the pace and the scattered vibe we've got happening here at the moment, I've decided to show my London love in a little photo project instead.
This short period — three weeks until we leave our home here for a month-long jaunt around Europe, and a little less than two months until we arrive on American soil — it's whirring by already, and I don't want it to disappear without my noticing.
So instead I'm walking through my normal life with my iPhone in a white-knuckle grip, and I'm snapping Instagrams of the sometimes beautiful, sometimes strange fixtures of our daily life. I have to say, looking at those gems all lined up together in a grid makes it obvious how much more of this place was worth sharing all along. I wish I'd done it sooner, but hey, how about now?
If you'd like to follow along on Instagram, I'd be honored to have you. You can follow the whole umamigirl feed or just the hashtag #londonpeeks.
European travel itinerary
In mid-July we'll be heading to Amsterdam, Paris, Alicante, and Málaga, and I'll continue posting along the way. And in the meantime, there are a few new recipe posts and stories of travels we've already taken (Finland! Estonia! Brighton!) headed to the blog in the midst of it all.
Wish us luck. I'll see you soon.