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Six Months to Go!

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Well folks, I can’t believe it, but we just hit the sixth month mark! It’s been six months since we moved to London, and six months until we return to Boston. It’s pretty surreal. This experience has been incredible and we’ve met some AMAZING people. I’ve also learned a lot about myself, about Nadia, and our relationship. I know that I’ll be sad to leave, but it’s also really exciting to think about going home. For now, enough about leaving because we still have six months of hoopla to go!!!

The past few weeks have been a lot about balance – work, life, school, tourist, fitness – it’s a lot of hats to wear, but somehow we still manage to have a little fun and this past week was no exception!

On Sunday, our dear friend Laurel returned to the States after a week of visiting. We had such a blast and it was really hard to see her go. I know it won’t be long before we have another two hour Skype session, but sometimes you just need a hug from your bestie. I feel so lucky that she came to visit and so blessed to share that time with her. I feel even better knowing that in 2015 we will get to see her three times! I can’t wait! #LNMhattrick2015

After Laurel left, I was in need of some Pi Phi time! It was perfect timing, because we had a Monmouth Duo Sunday Roast planned for that afternoon with the Kappa Kappa Gamma UK Club. Tucked between Camden Market and  Regent’s Park, Edinboro Castle is a great pub with a beautiful outdoor space. We had a perfect day to sit outside and try to soak up the sun. I opted for the Fish & Chips instead of a roast and washed it down with a new drink – Jeremiah Weed Kentucky Style Cider. Being someone who was born and bred in Kentucky, I have absolutely no idea what this was, but it’s from Kentucky so I had to try it! It was pretty good, and could be a nice spring/summer drink. I’ll keep you posted. The rest of the afternoon was lovely and I had a great time catching with my Pi Phi and KKG friends.

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Monday was St. Patrick’s Day and being 100% Irish, it was a day to celebrate! Sadly, this day has become a little less of a party day over the years and usually includes us wearing green and drinking 1-2 beers at home. I would like to say this changed since we’re living in London but no, still the same old! Either way it was a great day and I’m so glad we had our SPD buttons to show off at work!

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I know I’ve been talking about lululemon’s new store opening in London, but I AM SO EXCITED! Every week leading up to the opening, lulu has been doing something to celebrate. This week on Thursday, they had complimentary yoga all over the city! It was AMAZING! And since it’s London, they put their own spin on it:

Work can wait. Mind your breath. Nip out of work and join in for a cheeky yoga break. Every class, all day, our gift to you. 

Since we had a crazy week at work, I decided that Nadia and I both needed a break, and I even got a doctor’s note for it!

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Pretty clever, right?!? Man I love lululemon!

Anyways, we headed over to The Life Centre in Notting Hill for a little Yoga nidra or “yogi sleep”. This type of yoga was introduced to us by our housemate Jennie. Sadly Jennie had to cancel at the last minute, but we decided to try it, especially because it was free. The first part of this class is a general yoga class followed by a 20-30 minute guided “Yoga Nidra”. During this time, the teacher instructed us into a state of physical and mental relaxation. It sounds silly, but it was actually really relaxing. I really enjoyed it and would love to practice it more often. Even though it was Nadia’s first yoga class, she enjoyed it as well. I’m not sure if she would go back, but maybe for the right price! At the end of the class, lulu was passing out and A-Zen Map of their go-to-guide for their favorite spots to eat, drink, sweat and ॐ in London. It was a great end to our day and I’m so grateful for lulu for putting it together. I CANNOT wait for the new store to open next week!!! 🙂

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Friday evening, we met up with our friend Robyn for a quick bite and a pint in our neighborhood at The Duchess of Cambridge.

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It’s a short walk from our flat and one of, if not the most traditional English Pub I’ve been to in London. It’s a Free House that cooks everything from scratch. I opted for the special that night, a meat pie. Maybe it was the atmosphere or maybe it was the cold night, but either way it just felt right. It was delicious and the perfect choice!

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Saturday morning brought our weekly cultural outing and this week it was a day trip to Oxford. We had a great time visiting the city, New College and Christchurch. It was a great day and I look forward to sharing more with you soon! 

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