Earlier today, as I was sitting at work and planning my activities for our financial year end, I realised with a jolt that I had been in South Africa just seven short days ago. I peered through the skylight above me at an interminable grey sky and listened to the sound of the rain drumming against the panes of glass. In my overactive imagination, I pictured the glass finally giving way and me drowning in a deluge of rain, sleet and snow; the victim of a never-ending London winter. As difficult as it has been to settle back into the rhythm and darkness of London after a glorious trip to sunny South Africa, I must admit that the break did me the world of good with respect to my job and I was soon immersed in my work and figures again.
I’ve been chatting to some of my blogging friends too and may of us are feeling slightly unsettled after returning from holiday this year. It is a new year and this is going to be the most exciting and challenging year yet for me as a tourist and blogger because I have to balance the desire to see the world against a full-time job, studying and of course, friends and family. In the next couple of years I could also take a year off to study full-time and that has a major impact on whether or not I can afford to travel. I’ve decided therefore to reconnect with the purpose of this blog and to start over again.
I had two aims when I started Emm in London:
- To always see London, my new hometown, through the eyes of a tourist – to marvel at the sites and attractions here and to not get complacent about living and working in one of the greatest cities on the planet.
- To appreciate the travel opportunities that living in London presented and to record and share my travels around London, Great Britain, Europe and beyond.
If you know anything at all about me, it is that I have the tiniest attention span ever and I have never been able to tolerate doing one thing for long. I only mention this because I am sure that you have noticed that I alternate my posts between my various adventures and I hope that isn’t too irritating for my readers. It kind of keeps it all alive for me and reminds me of the wonderful things I have seen. With that in mind, you can still expect posts about London, South Africa, Serbia, Isle of Wight and Scotland in the next couple of months.
As always, I truly appreciate the friends and fellow bloggers that I have met through this blog. You are the inspiration for both my travels and my blogging. Here’s to an incredible 2011 and sharing our adventures as we all travel the world and see our cities and towns through the eyes of a tourist.