Monday, 6 July 2009

Happy 1st Birthday to “Emm in London”

Emm in London turns one today and what a year it has been! Around last May I started reading expat blogs on the internet. It occurred to me that I was an expat and what better way to stay in touch with my family and friends than to show them the world through my eyes?

So what have I done this past year then?

Travels

Trip to Turkey & Manchester: It was a year ago today that we left for an all-inclusive beach holiday in Gumbet near Bodrum in Turkey. We had the most wonderful week and it was lovely to just spend a week relaxing with Stephen.

The week after we got back from Turkey, I went up to Manchester to visit my Dad and friend Nina.

Road Trip around England: At the end of last year, Ste’s parents came to visit us and we took a road trip around England. We visited Stonehenge, Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Warwick, Liverpool and York and we had a fabulous time! I would say that my favourite place was Bath.

I was really sick during that time and that is the best thing about this blog for me; it helps me to remember the great places we have visited and the wonderful things we have seen.

Trip to South Africa: We went home to South Africa for Gyda and Kenneth’s wedding and we had the most wonderful ten days. I visited Cape Town for the first time and fell in love with that beautiful city.

We had a great time in Johannesburg too and had stunning weather. We saw most of our family and friends and visited the Lion and Rhino Reserve too which was the highlight of the trip for me.

Trip to New York and Washington DC: I’ve only just started blogging about it but I’ve just returned from the most wonderful trip to the USA. I was only there for one week but I saw so much and walked like I’ve never walked in my life before! It was a fantastic, life-affirming experience and I would love to visit again if given a chance.




Concerts and events

I participated in the Race for Life 2008 and raised £50 for charity. I participated in Race for Life 2009 to and have raised £55 so far!

The blog started off with the O2 Wireless Festival and in the last year, I have seen Cranes, Shpongle and The Faint in concert. (The Faint were possibly the best concert I have ever seen but I never got around to posting about it. Maybe in the anniversary?)

We went to the fantastic Doctor Who exhibition last year which was great for a massive Doctor Who fan such as myself.

We saw the live version of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of War of the Worlds the night before I left for New York and I will blog about that shortly. It was really awesome and I was happy to sing along to the entire show as I have been a fan for 30 years.




Out and about London

Where I work: Being somewhat of a workaholic, I try to make an effort to take lunch occasionally and so sometimes I’ve blogged about the ridiculously expensive meals and coffees I buy in the area where I work in the name of maintaining my sanity. I work near London Bridge in an area absolutely steeped in history. The most interesting discovery for me so far has been the park next to my work which is where the old Marshalsea Prison was located.

Around London: I may not get around London often enough but I have seen some wonderful sights in the past year including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and St James Park, Baker Street and Madame Tussauds, the Thames Barrier and we’ve taken a wonderful boat ride up the Thames.

One of these days I hope to make it to the castles around the South East of England!

At Home: Finally, we’ve settled into our new home and we’ve almost watched a full year come and go, along with the dramatic English seasons! The most fun was definitely The Snow Day when a foot of snow brought London to a standstill! I’ll miss our days with our godchild, so I guess the next “at home” posts will all be about our pets!




I would say that this blog has been a huge success for me and has shown me how fortunate and charmed my life is. I believe this blog has been instrumental in helping me live each day to the full and to see the beauty in my daily surroundings. It certainly helps me put life into perspective as an expat in those times when I might become lonely or doubtful.

I don’t know where the next year will take me but thank you to all my readers who make it all seem worth it and here’s to the year to come!

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24 comments

  1. I just figured out why I'm in love with your blog. I want to visit London so badly, but can never seem to get up enough funds. It also doesn't help that I'm kind of terrified to hop on plane that is traveling across the ocean.

    I really want to visit though. I suppose the photographs that you keep putting up are only making the matters worse for me? :P

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  2. Happy Birthday! And keep up the good work! I enjoy all your posts but am particularly taken with the NYC stuff, and can hardly wait to see what you thought of Washington, one of my favorite tourist destinations.

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  3. Oh, Bath! I looove Bath. I went both times I visited the UK. Such a nice, beautiful town, good for shopping or sightseeing or just to relax. We just don't seem to have towns like that in the US.

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  4. Hey, haven't commented here in a while. I've been a bit busy. Congrats on 1 year of blogging. I wish I travelled as much as you do.

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  5. My, my, you have been busy! Happy birthday!!!

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  6. Happy Blog Birthday! In 2 weeks my daughter will be a bride at Colchester castle in Essex, we are having her wedding reception there. Colchester is an historic town that you would enjoy.
    http://www.colchestermuseums.org.uk/castle/castle_index.html

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  7. You have been one busy bee, Emm. Happy first blogoversary! :)

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  8. Many, many happy returns! In some ways the time has passed so fast, and yet in others it seems like your blog has been here forever. :)

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  9. Happy blogoversary to you and what a wonderful year you have had and I'm so glad you've shared it with us through your wonderful writings and photos.

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  10. wow, cool to see all the accomplishments and travels you have been for over a year.

    Happy 1st blogoversary, keep on doing your thing and we are very happy to read each and every writings and even photos you'll be sharing to us!

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  11. wow! happy blog anniversary emm! you've been a visitor of my blog when i started and that is when i started following your blog too!

    thank you so much for being with blog appetite and i hope to see more of your blogs in the coming months.

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  12. Congats on the Blogoversary! A year goes by very fast, doesn't it?:)

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  13. Belated Happy Birthday! I wish you more success!

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  14. Happy birthday...!!! Hope you can get better and success in the next year...

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  15. Belated Happy 1st Birthday :)

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  16. A bit late but happy blogiversary. This post has made me realize that I have to find time to have a good dig through your archives :)

    BBE

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  17. Happy belated blogoversary!!!! :-)

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  18. Wow. Happy birthday! You have a lot of awesome travel photos. I want to be able to do that someday. I want to go to different places and see different landmarks and experience other's cultures. It looks fun!
    More power to you and your blog Emm. :)

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  19. Thanks for all your good wishes guys!

    @ Phoenix: I never knew you had a fear of flying or is it just over oceans? One day I hope you can get here! I'd love to show you around.

    @ Kathy: :) I adored DC and would certainly visit again!

    @ Joy: Yes, Bath is really special and I would love to visit again. I had a feeling the water would be gross actually!!

    @ Pizza: Just aim to travel when you finish school - you will never regret it!

    @ Xoán-Wahn and Ivanhoe: :) I need to keep myself out of trouble!

    @ JaPRA: Heh. And to think you were my inspration. Thank you!

    @ Glynis: Oh, congratulations! I can't wait to see photos! And thank you for putting Colchester on my map. You've just given me an idea. I think I'll make a special post for suggestions and travel ideas, so I can look at it when I need inspiration.

    @ Sheila: Ha! It is true though - it certainly feels like I have known you for longer than a year!

    @ Mountain Woman and mye: It is a pleasure and thank you for your kind words and for reading. It has been good meeting you.

    @ Mark: Yes - it has flown by! But at the same time, keeping this blog has helped me keep stock of everything I have done and it makes me feel quite accomplished.

    @ Augustinians, mypassion, fathir and Wiggy: Thank you and welcome to my blog! And it's not late... it's still my birthday month!

    @ BBE: Aah, take your time. :)

    @ Dori: Why thank you dear. You're not late!

    @ Mara: Travelling is wonderful and i would absolutely recommend it! One day I'll get to the Philippines too hopefully.

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  20. Greeting you a happy blog birthday too!

    Life is really great and you have experienced one of the best things in life. Keep sharing your travel adventures with everyone :)

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  21. Emm In London has been included in this weeks Sites To See. I hope you like the image I featured, and I hope this helps to attract many new visitors here.

    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2009/07/sites-to-see_10.html

    P.S.: Congrats on the longevity of your great blog. I look forward to hearing all about your adventures over here in the U.S.

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  22. Happy belated B-Day emm in London from the Ancient Digger. It has been a great year!

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  23. @ Czaroma: Hi there. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

    @ FishHawk: Thank you very much for featuring this blog. I really appreciate it.

    @ Dr Lauren: Thank you m'dear!

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