Remember when I said that I’m now living life to the fullest? Well, when my husband told me a few weeks ago that he had an international work trip coming up, I said – why don’t we fly out early and spend a long weekend in London before you head to Europe? He said OK, booked my flight with miles, and here I am!
The funny part? He’s not here yet!!
He was supposed to fly out on my flight but because of a work issue at home, he’s on a later flight and will join me tomorrow. Am I annoyed that I’m here by myself in London for 28 hours? Not at all! In fact, I am excited!
I used to be scared to travel alone. I’m an awful flyer with a history of panic attacks, and I’m admittedly terrible at figuring out public transportation. However, I have a new outlook and am looking at this as an adventure! I’ve got maps on hand, exchanged dollars for pounds at the airport before I left Boston, and wrote down a list of all the shopping markets I want to hit before the husband joins me and slows down my spending. 😉
Steven is laughing at my “preparedness”, but the last time I arrived in London on my own, I spent 2 hours circling Heathrow airport on the terminal train…the entire time I thought I was on my way to Paddington Station in the city. (Told you I’m bad with public transit).
I’m also thinking back on that last time I was here in London….it was about 2 weeks before my grand mal seizure/brain surgery/cancer diagnosis. It was the last vacation I had pre-diagnosis, and it’s funny because I’m carrying so much more baggage this time around. (Figuratively and literally – I’ve got about 5 pill bottles with me).
I’m excited to explore this city by myself for a bit (in safe areas, of course). My plans before my husband arrives are to:
- Shop at the local markets (only buying things I can’t find at home!)
- Hit up the Burberry Factory Store
- See the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace
- Find an amazing cup of tea
- Steal the hotel closet space before he has the chance
It’s funny how much this diagnosis has changed me. I don’t think I EVER would have been so excited to explore a new city alone (I’ve only been here once before, for a few days) before this cancer diagnosis. I could barely fly alone. Now, I have this new mentality that nothing can be harder than what I’ve already gone through, so I can tackle new things on my own!
(Admittedly, London is a very safe, English-speaking city, but still!! New outlook on life!)