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A Week in London

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Hard to believe it’s been a week since I managed to cram a break resembling a late “summer vacation” into the dying days of summer. I was lucky enough to escape to London for a week with my brother and Dad.
The non-stop energy, sheer enormity,  and overwhelming variety of London make it an in every sense, a true escape from every day life here in Calgary.

It was a beautifully successful vacation in the sense that it was truly a break from my “normal” everyday life. Of course, strictly adhering to a “pub by noon” rule and being in a time zone 7 hours removed from the demands of every day life demands may have had something to do with that.

Aside from the blur of pubs visited (and revisted), the highlights of the trip include squeezing ourselves into a 1930’s football stadium to see Tottenham play Sunderland, taking in a mind blowing Ancient Egypt exhibit at the British Museum  (still cannot believe admission was free), and settling into a Londoner routine with a daily 10K through the downtown core to Hyde Park.

If you haven’t been, well simply put, you need to go.
It’s my goal to go back, or, should luck permit, enjoy a longer stint with the family as temp transplants masquerading as Londoners…

Now, emerging from a small dose of well earned post epic vacation depression, I’m setting about getting back into my routine here. Time to burn off some unfortunate English Ale calories.

Overdue Downtime

It’s the end of summer, yet it’s the start of summer vacation for me. This passed summer, although not officially over, was especially busy, so busy in fact that opportunities to take a holiday didn’t really present themselves, and unfortunately the one holiday I had scheduled to head home for a bit more than a week had to be cancelled.

What did I spend the summer doing? Well more on that later.

Right Now the focus is on R&R and leaving “life” behind for a week. I’m headed for a week in London with my Brother and Dad. Last time we did this trip, is was beyond epic and I’m hoping for the same this year.

There’s no game plan per se, other than enjoying time together, walking from pub to pub, and soaking in the diversity and endless opportunity for distraction that London has to offer.

This trip comes at a time where I need some time away to reset, relax and rethink the path forward.

Looking forward to the pause from the normal day-to-day. More to come, during and post pause. Fall is after all the season to fall back into normal routine…. or so 20 years of school taught me. Now back to resisting the urge to check my day job email….