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Texans in London!

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Two major things happened over the weekend! The first one being we traveled by train to London, which turned out to be a breeze. The most important being we got to visit a sweet friend from high school and her husband on their vacation!

I was so happy to see some familiar faces! We spent all day traveling London with two friends in tow. We only did a few small things, but that left plenty of conversation time which allowed us to catch up on each other’s lives.

The morning started easily enough, though we were both trying to find each other through the very busy and crowded market on Portobello Road. Once we did we ate breakfast and started exploring! Portobello Road market is an interesting mix of antique and vintage collectibles set out in the streets for people to peruse…and it. is. crowded! We weaved our way in and out of the crowded, mainly focusing on vintage maps and prints. Ann and I found out we both really loved old prints so we were content to shuffle through stacks of them while talking about our lives.

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Once we walked the street, we decided to check out the Borough Food Market, another legendary London hot spot where we walked through the food stands and ended up finding a nearby italian restaurant to eat at.

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Ann and Micah had already spent a week in London so they easily whisked us around The Underground subway tunnels all throughout the day! It was such a blast, and funny enough, a relief getting a chance to see how easy riding the tube was for any future trip back we make.

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Our afternoon was spent visiting Baker Street to see the fictitious 221B Baker Street from Sherlock Holmes, and Abbey Road where I took a picture of Ann and Micah crossing the same sidewalk The Beatles crossed on their album cover.5

It was a great day and nice seeing people we knew for the first time since moving to the UK!

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Canterbury Festival

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Last Saturday marked the start of the annual Canterbury Festival and we decided to visit the city centre to discover how it would unfold.

Basically the festival seems to be a wonderful way to highlight and feature all the fun art events, plays and performances that will be going on from now until November 1st—and beyond. From plays, comedy, choirs, concerts, art galleries—it’s all featured all around the city and brings quite the crowd.

The festival began with the Espression Arts Parade, which was an adorable crafty ‘parade’ of children and families followed by a school band and people dressed in renaissance clothing. Before we moved, Taylor and I passed by the Espression Arts cafe everyday on our way to the city centre where we gathered it was a coffee shop and art studio for families. We could see mothers and children painting or reading through the windows.

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We spent the rest of the day exploring the area more and finding a few more shops we knew we would frequent. We plan on heading to some of the many events featured by the festival, starting with a comedy act on Thursday.

However one reason we’ll be skipping out on some of the events is to make a day trip to London to visit a close high school friend and her husband!! They are enjoying the London sights as we speak and I’m so excited to take a short trip to visit some familiar faces!

A quick update: Our new flat is great! We’re slowly acquiring a few necessities, since the flat was essentially empty except for furniture. Taylor had to take a quick trip to a shop last night in the middle of cooking just to buy us a skillet! We’re still using paper plates and cups–early on I jumped at the opportunity to buy some cheap coffee cups and silverware, but haven’t found any plates, bowls and cups I like within our price range. Other than the bareness of our cupboards, we’re settling in quite comfortably. I (finally!) found an art store and bought some paints and large paper. My practical mind knows we can’t afford to outright buy every single thing we need (or want) for this flat immediately, so decoration comes last–(oh how our livingroom needs a rug and plant! That’s all I ask for!) But that won’t stop me from doing my best to make art on my own with which to decorate!

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