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Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekly Wishes #9 - London Calling

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Good news first: After not doing so great on my goals from two weeks ago, I’m glad to be able to say that I did a heck-of-a-lot better this time around. My goal was to get some things organized in life – both in regards to travel and university – and while no travel plans are hammered into stone at this point, things have gotten clearer and will hopefully get planned concretely in the near future.

Speaking of travel: I’m going to London this week! And I couldn’t be more excited. Not only will I finally get to see my boyfriend again (it feels like I haven’t seen him in years!), but I will also get the opportunity to explore a city that I have been dreaming about visiting for the longest time. I have a feeling that London and me are going to hit it off! I’ve been twice in the past, but it’s been years and while this gave me the chance to have a love affair with another great European city, I am more than ready to go to England again.

Which brings me to this week’s goal: To just live in the moment and take everything in that life and the city have to offer. To finally eat out again. To not have to faint when ordering a drink. To walk along random streets and find beauty in hidden places. Quite simply: To enjoy myself to the max.

Here are some things I look forward to doing in London the most:

Have great food.

I love cooking, but I also love eating out which is nearly impossible to do though in Norway without breaking the bank. London is famous for its great food scene, though, and I am planning to take advantage of that.

Have reasonable prices.

London may be super expensive when compared to European prices, but I think that in comparison to the Norwegian price level nothing seems quite as bad anymore. It will be refreshing to go to a Grocery store and not have to pay 30 NOK (3,70 Euro) for a chocolate bar.


There are so many great cultural delights around London that I don’t even know where to start! I am glad that I will have more opportunity to visit in the future, because I’m sure that one visit won’t be enough. From the British Museum to the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, I have a long, long list that most likely will be impossible to finish this time, but hey, that just means I have to come again! ;)


I’ve been dying to go shopping again! Fashion is something that on occasion I am not interested in at all and on a different occasion am totally enamored with. Currently the latter is the case (blame it on Fashion Week) and since London is one of the world’s fashion capitols I can’t wait to hit up some awesome stores. Topshop, here I come! :)

In case you’ve been to London already: What are your favorite places there? Please share in the comments if you have any recommendations! 

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  1. Have fun! I live a couple of hours away from London and go when I can. So much to see and do. Hope you enjoy our wonderful city!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  2. Have a wonderful trip, I live in London and I love seeing people so excited to visit. If you are doing lots of sightseeing look into getting a london pass as it will save you some money depending on what you are wanting to do. I'd also recommend a trip to the theatre.

  3. Woohoo, Melanie! I am so jealous you get to go to London and am excited to read about all your adventures! Years ago I studied abroad there and ran into the premier of one of the Harry Potter movies. Since I'm not that into the books I didn't realize what a big deal this was until I told my HP-obsessed friends. Celeb sightings are my favorite :) Have so much fun!

  4. I loooooove London! :) I hope you have a lot of fun -- I know you will!!!

  5. Envious! I haven't been to London in what feels like ages {unless you count a too-short stopover in Heathrow} and I have yet to see Platform 9 3/4 or any of the other Harry Potter tour items. The British Museum and the Tower are must sees, but other than that, things have probably changed too much for me to chime in on this. Enjoy your trip!!

  6. I hope you have fun in London! I've wanted to visit forever! :) Take some beautiful pictures!

    xoxo, Lizzy

  7. Ahh! Have fun! I need to start planning some travels soon, oh man.

  8. Enjoy your time in London! Thinking of the fish and chips and some of the most refreshing ales I've ever had, and thinking you won't have much trouble accomplishing your goal of finding some great food :)

  9. I think living in the moment is a great goal for this week! It's something that's so important, but often overlooked. You go, girl!

  10. Ooh have fun!!! I'm sure you're going to have a great time!!!

  11. I'm not a big fan of London. But I hope you'll have a great time there!

  12. lovely photo! :)
    and great wishes - well done you!

    While London is awesome! Honestly - i'm very jealous for you! I left this city almost a year ago, and Jeez! I miss it so much!!! :)

  13. I love London. Even though I live 2 hours away, I rarely go.
    If you get the chance, go to Camden Lock. There is a lovely market which is full to the brim of handmade items as well as clothes that you wouldn't find any where else. :)
    Have fun and enjoy London


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