April 16, 2012


I've been making a lot of lists in preparation for our imminent departure. Packing lists, moving lists, flight lists, what-to-do-before-we-leave lists, what-to-do-when-we-get-there lists, etc. I can't seem to break the habit.

The top 10 things I will miss about living in London:

10. Being able to say that I live in London.
9. Walking to get places = exercise bonus.
8. The Olympics.
7. People watching.
6. Easily accessible organic, free range meat and produce.
5. Independent coffee shops (not all of them; she knows who she is).
4. Public transportation, especially the trains.
3. Being in a place where trends start.
2. Easy access to great and varied food, restaurants and markets.
1. My friends.
1. Online grocery shopping.

Yes, I do equally value online grocery shopping and my friends. Probably because they both keep me away from my Number 1 thing that I will not miss about living in London...:

10. The relative likelihood of being burgled.
9. Lack of space.
8. Having to be on hyper alert to avoid dog poo on the pavement.
7. Men taking off their shirts at the first glimpse of sunshine, regardless of actual temperature.
6. Ghetto / status dogs in lieu of nice family pets.
5. The crowds.
4. Urban dirt and grime.
3, 2, 1. The Kingsland shopping center, a unique mixture of all the points above.


  1. I love lists! The last one (3,2,1) made me laugh.

  2. aaaah... you will def. miss that wonderful public transportation.. but don't worry there is still good people-watching! the people of the west are quite interesting...:) (in a good way!)

  3. Sorry, I only removed the comment since I just didn't like what I wrote so much. Andrea is definitely the writer in the family :) The lists are prefect though! Especially after having just been for 2 weeks. You are right about Kingsland being a bit different, since how many malls have a supermarket as their anchor store?