Okay, so technically it was more like 16 months. We moved to London in December of 2013 because we wanted to explore more of the world. From a personal, social, cultural standpoint, we loved living there. Unfortunately, professionally, it was not the best situation for us. So after 16 months, we left and moved to New Zealand. But that’s a story for another day. This is about London.
After 12 days in Lerici (with trips to Pisa, Cinque Terre, and Portovenere), we flew from Pisa to London. We planned to extend our stay for a little vacation + neighborhood hunting. Aman loves museums, I love good food, and Gen loves taking a break from the cold and snowy Rocky Mountain winters, so London is always a great vacation spot for us. And since we’ve been considering a move to London, we wanted to check out neighborhoods that we might want to live in.
Yet another work meeting across the Atlantic, this time in Woking, about 45 minutes outside London. This time I decided to take some proper time off after the meeting; Gen and Aman came along and we planned to visit Paris and Italy as well. This time Aman was big enough to really enjoy the museums, restaurants, and sights that London had to offer.
Yet another week-long trip to London for work. Long work days as usual, but this time any exploration time was cut down by the fact that I was quite sick for most of the time. So not much exploration this time around.
Working for a French company has its perks. For instance, when working on a project requires a trip to headquarters. So it was that the day before my 36th birthday, I was on a plane flying east over the Atlantic. The plan called for meetings in Paris for 2.5 days, followed by 2 days in London.