Well, it’s early morning and I’m sitting on the Piccadilly Line of the London Underground slowly making my way to the airport stop by stop.
I always hate saying goodbye to London, but I’m always glad to return home from wherever I’ve been. Travel gives me a renewed sense of purpose for and appreciation of home and all that it represents…family & friends, goals & challenges.
I have a big week ahead of me with getting caught up at work, yoga anatomy class Wednesday night, and then my first full weekend of yoga teacher training! My main priority will be to retain the inspiration and perspective refreshed by this trip…and to stay healthy!
Thinking back on my last day in London yesterday it’s hard to believe all I did. It was another glorious summer day and I spent half of it running around in comfy yoga clothes feeling like a proper Londoner…stopping for a morning doughnut, walking through the park while finishing my coffee, enjoying a Noon yoga class, and then book browsing in the afternoon. If I have the chance, I love to try on life in a new place. Heck, 20 years ago I came to London to actually live & work, that’s how much I like it! But being older, wiser, and a little better off financially makes these explorations more enriching.
Not to say I didn’t do my fair share of touristy things yesterday…touring the Banqueting Hall (all that remains of the palace started by Henry VIII and finished by James I), having an end-of-summer Pimms along the Thames at the Anchor Pub, then seeing Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. It was a sold out performance and I suddenly understood why when Mark Rylance walked out playing Iago and André Holland, Othello. I was a “groundling” standing in the yard (the area directly in front of the stage), but my ticket only cost $10, I was right by the stage, and I got to feel like a real Elizabethan commoner at one of Will Shakespeare’s plays! An amazing experience all around.
We are almost to the airport which will save you all from my further philosophizing about travel and life…for now. Once through Security I’ll get some photos ready and get this out to you. I want to thank everyone who’s kept me company on this trip, making comments, and liking photos. I can be a bit of a “lone wolf” but I need my pack too. That’s you. And it gave me great comfort and joy to know you were all there, following along.
Heading home to my life…God willing,