Friday, February 1, 2013

The LoRussos Go to London

We're back from our little information gathering trip to London.
(We saw a Dodo bird at the Natural History museum that really left a lasting impression on us. 
Such a funny looking character)

In three days we got a good feel for what life would be like. I almost got hit by a car at least 7 times.
We walked a lot. We traveled via the Underground a lot. 

It rained. 

We saw Big Ben. It's so much prettier in person. Really amazing.

We popped in to St. Paul's Cathedral during a night time mass. 

Checked out Buckingham Palace and weird street performers near the Eye. 
(I think Drew was both intrigued and kind of scared of this guy. They came in every color :)

Our first stop upon arrival was a pub of course.

I tried fish and chips (can't say that I love pub food). 

Drew tried a soft boiled egg with "toasted soldiers". He loved it, so we are now searching for the perfect egg cup so he can enjoy this very english breakfast here in the US. 
("toasted soldiers" are just toast that has been cut into long strips)

An agent drove us around to show us some flats for "let" in our price range in the neighborhood we're looking at. Our expectations our now in check.

It looks like we are probably going to move sometime this summer.  The trip reinforced something I already knew--I am not a city girl. But, it also showed me that it will be an amazing experience for Drew. It will be a much better situation for Matt and it'll stir things up for me, which could be really good. Right? 

It's really scary, but I've always known that moving to another country is an amazing opportunity that we're fortunate to be offered. So it looks like it's full steam ahead! I've spent the morning looking at schools then cross referencing them with maps of the city and Underground. We won't have a car so first we have to find a school, then we look for a place to live that is in short walking distance. But we need to find the right school that is also on a underground line that will be convenient for Matt to get to work. 
Nothing is set in stone yet but it's feeling very real now.



pve design said...

Brilliant to cross the waters and see things from another angle. Changing of the guard so to speak can be refreshing and inspirational.
Wishing you lots of success with whatever gets set in stone....even if it comes in the shape of an egg cup.

Bonnie said...

Knowing you were visiting London, you have been on my mind. Having moved so many times with a child, I will tell you, it is all about the adventure. I am so excited for you. Please keep us posted. Bonnie

Stitchfork said...

Woo - lots of adventures ahead! Can't wait to hear all about them!

onnery said...

Congratulations Julie, on making that decision! There are sure to be many amazing life experiences ahead for you and your family. Good luck!

Lakesprite said...

Hurray! I am excited for you! But then fish and chips are my favourite food, although in London I prefer Indian food!! Anyway, it is always courageous to make a decision like that, but the experience is enriching on so many levels!

Suzy said...

How exciting! My husband often talks of moving to Italy. We've only been there twice and haven't seen it all, but it would surely be an adventure! It will be great to read about you and your family's adventure for sure!

Chateau À Gogo said...

It is going to be great. Embrace those fears :) - Brandy

Annmarie Pipa said...

My 19 year old son should be arriving in London in about 1 hour.....

pve design said...

LOVE the necklace you created for Taina.
I commented on it today and she told me you made it for her. It is so HER!
I hope you are enjoying this VALENTINE's day.

My Crafty Home Life said...

How did I miss this? Yeah, you will love it. Stick with the "American" schools if you can. I'm so excited for you. I don't like pub food, either.

My Interior Life said...

So excited for you!! Cannot wait to hear more/see more as you embark on this wonderful journey!