Day 5 and in my third place of rest… it’s just like home!
Seriously though, I have to admit I love this city. Aside from the drill sergeant at Customs wanting to know how much money I had in my account to stay here for two months (note to self: from here on out I’m simply an excited tourist… damn me and my honesty), everyone and everything has been wonderful so far.
My first night I had the pleasure of meeting up with the lovely and talented Alex Berger, who introduced me to some local singer-songwriters after a heart-racing game of Frisbee in the park. He’s actually in New York now, so if you’re in the city on October 23 you should definitely check out his show at Rockwood Music Hall.
On Saturday I ventured over to Holland Park, which quickly became one of my favorite neighborhoods here. Rich with trees, cafes, parks, and clean and classic buildings, I felt like I was walking through a movie set as I made my way to dinner at the secret restaurant, Nomad Chef. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Shelley Taylor, our host and chef, who put together a delicious meal (complete with tofu for the vegetarians!) and dessert in her beautiful flat. At dinner I was able to meet and mingle with about 15 complete strangers, exchanging numbers, drinking and even a little dancing to complete the night. The concept of this “secret restaurant” is brilliant- it’s a perfect way to meet new people and enjoy a night of socializing while maintaining the comfort and intimacy of dining at home. Some nights she has live entertainment featuring local singer-songwriters, and other nights she’s busy being booked for private parties and events. We’re working on getting Shelley and her magnificent hosting skills to NY and NJ in a few weeks… you don’t know how lucky you are!
Sunday was recovery and work mode… aside from wandering and meeting up with some great people and business contacts here I’ve spent a great deal of time in cafes mapping, planning, e-mailing and writing in prep for the upcoming weeks of travel. Wednesday I head out to Frankfurt, Germany, making my way through Stuttgart, Zurich, Munich, Amsterdam, Haarlem, and Paris before coming home to England and getting settled.
Another note: the Tube system here is great. Easy to navigate, not overly crowded and extremely clean. Not one person gave me a dirty look as I made my way on and off with my 90 pounds of luggage… Not even when I rolled over their feet. London definitely wins in the public transportation department!
Today is a warm and windy fall day, and I’m taking some time to explore the West End before heading back to Flat #3 in Camden. Missing you all in New York, but excited to share everything I’m experiencing along the way.