After a long time spent in Oxford for better or worse with most of my time here in the United Kingdom almost up, me and Haley decided to come here in London and see what this city had to offer. After a little bit of hassle as for the traffic and right handed cars we got used to it and started walking around the city. My princess Haley really liked the city as we went on the ferris wheel known as the EPL London Eye or whatever the name of it is. The view of it is really great and you can see most things around London from it. From this moment onward we went to the St.Paul’s Cathedral where I know that Margaret Thatcher’s barrial ceremony was held. Anyway there were simply tons of sights that we were able to enjoy around London, but I just fell in love with Hyde Park. This particular place was so peaceful and reminds me of Central Park in New York city a lot. We traveled around the city and as I really love Soccer I decided that we could go to the stadium of one of the famous soccer stadiums and clubs in the city called Arsenal FC. Their stadium looked great and I even got a picture of it on Instagram
Here’s the picture of it here
We enjoyed our stay there for a little bit and then went to visit a couple of beautiful museums. I’m personally a museum fanatic and I especially love the Natural history museums . It was a lovely time for both me and Haley and we then went around for her to do a little shopping as she needed to get some clothes. We decided that it wouldn’t be as expensive for her to just buy some new clothing while she’s here in the UK studying and there were a couple of really great shops that we went to. There were really great and a time well spent. After riding the London tube, we went to collect a receipt from the carpet cleaners that did the job in her home in Oxford that I talked about in the previous post. We also went and picked up a friend of hers that is going to be living in her place in Oxford for a couple of weeks. She is going to help my Haley with the transition hopefully and they’ll spend some time around the house and see what they can do. Anyway, I then left them to do a little more shopping around the city and I went to visit a couple of other museums such as the
- Science Museum
- The British museum
- The Museum of London and the V&A museum.
Just a heads up for anyone else who’s planning on going to this city and is a museum lover like myself, these museums are all with a free admission, something we rarely see in our country unfortunately. I wish that more countries had such amazing facilities with a free admission just to educate their population. I then saw some street performers and there was actually some sort of a fest just next to the river Thames on the opposite side of the Buckingham Palace next to the London Eye, which was pretty much the place where I ended up just about every couple of hours.
Here’s the video I made for my wife to see afterwards here
The performers were spectacular and there were lots of others as well that did all sorts of tricks, but I just didn’t have the time to see each and every show out there, but there is enough to see if you’re a person who likes that sort of stuff.
Anyway, I’ll wrap this up for now, as we’re going out to dinner as we’re back in Oxford now, but I’ll post another post on our visit to London as it was just really interesting and I didn’t even cover half the stuff we did!
After a while of absence I decided to revive the blog to suite my needs to contact the people who are still interested in me and my thoughts about things that surround me in my everyday life. I have been involved in tons of activities around my job as a judge for quite a while now, but I decided to not talk about that and just tell you about my daily life instead of boring you with stuff that isn’t all that interesting. I am extremely happy to post this first post and dedicate it to my daughter Haley which has finally decided to do the right thing and go and study abroad for a year. I was really encouraging her to do this as she is is a real trooper and I really think that she deserves to go and get this for herself more than myself. She is studying in the prestigious university of Oxford in the United Kingdom and I couldn’t be more proud of her. We have actually decided to go together with her there and I’ll be taking a leave of absence for a couple of weeks from work so I can get her settled in in her new apartment. We couldn’t get her into a dorm because we really want her to have her own place and she’s probably going to get a her sister going to the same school in just a couple of years anyway.
I actually love how 2014 is panning out so far as lots of things around my family are going well and this is certainly one of them. I’ll keep updating this thread to let you know how she’s dealing with her move to Oxford and hopefully we’ll get her settled in quickly.
Update 26. Feb. 2014
We just got her settled in in her new apartment and after we got a cleaning company to perform her end of tenancy tenancy cleaning in Oxford, before she moved in, I believe that we got everything ready for her now. As for the moving of her stuff from the US, we actually sent them through USPS via a parcel shipment. It was a little more expensive than we thought it would be, but definitely beats the alternative of bringing all the stuff with us on the plane. For what it’s worth the cleaning of her apartment here in Oxford was quite affordable with this Royal Cleaning company which we found. It is definitely better price than what I expected. I actually had to browse through a few cleaning company websites here and finally settled in with this one as the other carpet cleaning company that I found was a bit more expensive. Anyway enough with the cleaning, as most of the stuff around her moving to Oxford was done in just less than a week, I decided to try the great hiking boots I bought in 2014 and just went ahead and went on a trail here near Oxford. The trail’s name was Thames river walk or something like that, a trail which I found on the website that I just linked to. It was a great way to spend my time and as my daughter loves hiking too, she enjoyed our walk as well (or at least I think she did)
So far we’re looking good and I should be able to leave by the end of my vacation time in a week time, but we’ll see how goes.
Her new apartment in Oxford is beautiful but here’s what we still have to do:
- Find a proper transportation way, probably buy her a car – but don’t tell her.
- Find a date for me to leave as my return ticket is still opened.
- Decide if she’s going to get regular cleaners for her home or let her deal with this stuff herself.
- Prepare for a separation (I don’t even know how her mom is dealing with that back in the US)
I am sure that she’ll love Oxford and considering that London is pretty close by – around 70 miles away, she’ll have plenty of things to do there during her weekends from School. London is a great city, which offers lots of things and I’m actually traveling there in two days to enjoy some of that British royalty that I have so far only seen on TV, so wish me luck!