It wasn't long after being in London that I realised I had totally taken for granted the cleanliness and beauty of my homeland, New Zealand. I realised there were so many sights and experiences at my fingertips that I never accessed because it seemed too 'touristy'. I now have a list as long as Austin's arm (now that's very long) listing all the things I want to see and do during our next visits to NZ.
Funnily (and strangely enough) we have unwittingly adopted this same mentality with London. The once spectacular has now become the familiar. But there are moments when I am blown away by this city we live in, it's history, architecture, culture and it's beauty.
This weekend was one of those moments.
We have Austin's brother and his girlfriend staying with us currently, on their way through to Berlin. This is nice for not only spending much anticipated quality time with them, but also because they want to see London.
So Sunday after church we weaved our way through many little streets and alleyways, loving the laziness of the Sunday crowds.
I love the opportunity to meander through London, a casual stroll with people who are seeing London through "fresh off the boat" eyes, pointing out buildings and streets and little boutiques that I haven't even noticed before, and visiting cafe's for an always welcome caffeine fix.
Unfortunately the day ended with our Phil & Teds buggy breaking. Breaking, as in like, literally snapping in half. Not happy about that. At all.
That buggy is my life-saver, it enables me to survive in London with 3 children and no car.
I am now officially in mourning for Big Red.
It also means I can't go running with Beni and Max in the buggy while Luca's at school which was a big part of my "Losing the Fat Suit" plan. Darnnit.
So my mission for the next week or two is to find ourselves another P&T double buggy for under £100... tell her she's dreaming? We'll see. Ebay is my friend and I'm counting on it (and an Act Of God) to deliver.
When was the last time you did something 'touristy' around the area you live?