Seasons of Lah…Lah…Lon-don!
It’s my one year London-versary, y’all. Time has been flying. Here’s an month by month update from Essex Road since I’ve been in the UK.
September 2015: Touring the London sights with Anne, discovering Brixton market, and settling into the Hippodrome for an American tradition: the NFL on Sundays.
Check out London from Anne to Z for the full details of her trip. So fun to tour London starting on Day 1.
Brixton markets represent!
NFL at the Hippodrome Casino every Sunday.
October 2015: Learning to switch my units of measurement: the Greenwich Meantime 24 hour clock, calculating temperatures in Celsius, and cooking with grams!? Pounds are a currency, not a weight, and I pronounce ‘innovative, resource, and aluminum’ complete wrong. (And oh yeah, Halloween is becoming a trend out here).
Prime meridian line
Working on my cooking skills- mackerel with dijon and onions (Thanks, Sam)
Slick sidewalks after a rain
Sister Mary Clarence?!
November 2015: Having serious nostalgia for my KIPP family but making the most of my unemployment by cooking up a storm.
Missing my KIPP family!
Akari’s got the right idea- the poster on the way to the bathroom. Prime location for this dope message.
Ottolenghi-inspired shakshuka breakfast. Yep!
Thanksgiving dinner with my mom and Corey
View from the Sky Garden. My first office building is near the boat on the left side.
December 2015: The season of employment and holiday cheer! Christmas dos (parties) take over the entire month in this city starting 1st Dec (the date goes before the month)!
I got a job!
Our makeshift Christmas tree. Sorry, Cassius.
Our Ethiopian Christmas dinner. We made everything except the injera.
January 2016: Learning a new language at every turn, and on a mission for the best fish and chips. (Look out for a London glossary soon!)
Learning a new language: what does ‘gyratory’ mean in terms of a traffic posting?
What is salad cream?
Laughing at the truth about Americans.
Best fish and chips I’ve had since being across the pond. But it’s in Southampton- too far for a meal.
February 2016: Treating myself for my birthday, enjoying the various markets near our neighborhood, and watching the seasons change on Regents Canal.
Bday lunch at the Grain Store
Flowers from Corey for my birthday as he was in Columbia for a bachelor party
Broadway market sweets
Regents Canal walk home from Broadway market
Columbia Flower Market on Sundays
My birthday breakfast re-do when Corey returned from his trip
Exploring the Design Junction at Granary Square for my bday
Regents Canal is always a gorgeous time, and I’m lucky it’s so close to our flat
March 2016: I’m worried that my understanding of ‘good food’ is going to wane as I become accustomed to the food here. So I must sacrifice and taste test as much as I can before you all come visit me. Also, Corey was so happy for this surprise weekend trip to North Greenwich for the Ali exhibit (just a ferry ride from London Bridge).
Black Axe Mangal flatbread and a free shot of Jamison for naming dropping Nick Wong
Jellied eels…an east end classic
The exhibit was absolutely amazing, and this was when Ali was still with us.
April 2016: Agile working is a serious change of pace…one that I can get used to.
Data entry at The Fig Tree Cafe on St. Paul’s Road
Being able to hit up a 3:30pm oyster and champers happy hour with colleagues
Picking up a quick bite from the Itsu chain before heading to my next school visit.
Emails and Outlook Invites at Kipferl, my favorite neighborhood cafe
Working from home to ensure that I can collect Corey’s very important package before he heads to Amsterdam
May 2016: The sun is coming out…sorta. The days are growing longer which means there is more time to explore. I also learned about a movement to make London the first ever National Park City since there are about 3,000 parks in the Greater London region.
First picnic of the year. Wait, the only picnic of the year! But we had a seriously gourmet spread
Found Abney Park and Cemetery on a walk through the Stoke Newington neighborhood
The Strand and the Royal Courts of Justice found on a walk with Anson
A design festival in Clerkenwell
Team day at Belsize park on Hampstead Heath (NW London)
June 2016: My mini-hen do, and the start of Summer Institute.
Left to Right: Anna, Sam, the Hen, and Taya. Props courtesy of Sam.
Cocktails and Dessert bar. Yum!
My North London LDO Team
Feeling good that this is what my new teachers were taking away at my first PD sessions of Institute (and I got to write on chart paper!)
July 2016: Ok, I’m breaking my ‘only London photos’ rule and adding a few shots from July 9th. (The rest of this month was more teacher training so I figured you wouldn’t mind.) More to come, I promise!
August 2016: Summer and London aren’t exactly mutually exclusive. The fact that it stays light until about 10:30pm makes up for reality that most days were only about 21 degrees out (that’s 69 degrees F). At least Andrew David is enjoying our Sunshine state back home (Welcome to my newest nephew!)
Food trucks and pop-up stalls abound
The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
Mural near Dalston street market
The beach…on the rooftop of the Roundhouse venue in Camden
Shoreditch park and our Boris bikes
Dusk at The National Theater
Sunset overlooking the Thames
September 2016: I’ve met up with at least three people who’ve recently moved to London. I remember so many friends of cousins of neighbors taking me out when I first arrived so it’s nice to do the same now that I’ve got a year under my belt!
We moved office to North Greenwich
Sir! Both of them on stage?! I didn’t understand No Man’s Land but Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen- sold! 🙂
An evening with Danielle, one of my dad’s old students. Now I can take people out during their first weeks living in London.
Still nuts to me: They queue for the subway.
Celebrating my London-versary at Ottolenghi (Thanks for our gift cert, Steph!)
Corey and I still randomly turn to each other and say ‘We live in London.’ At this point, ‘home’ is still the States but that I’m not taking this stint of my life for granted at all, and I appreciate you taking this journey with me. No matter what oceans may separate us, I couldn’t do this without y’all.