By the time you read this blog post, I will have flown over the big pond and will already be traipsing about in London with Nette. I’ll be wearing the outfits I dreamed up in this post and trying not to be too much of a dorky tourist… which I know is inevitable. Nette and I are always complete dorks when we’re together.
Many people have asked for background story of this Life List Item, so here you go. I’m sure you’ll find it highly amusing.
We were seniors in high school when our marching band was selected to march in a New Year’s parade in London, England. As teenagers with senioritis are wont to do, my best friend and I both managed to get into a wee bit of (harmless) trouble early on in the week-long trip. Our most grievous offenses were to be caught outside of our rooms after curfew. *Gasp*
You’d have thought we were found running naked through Trafalgar Square, by the way the chaperons reacted.
We were detained, then chastised, then forced to phone our parents back home to tell them how horribly we had behaved. For the record, my parents’ reaction, “What? You’re not in jail, are you? Oh, IS THAT ALL? Good grief, then why are you calling us at 4am, then?!?!”
Our punishment was that, for the remainder of the trip, we had to be escorted by a chaperon at all times. We were made to miss the New Years celebration and had to spend it in our hotel rooms alone, thinking about what we had done wrong. We made the best of it, because the chaperon assigned to us was also the coolest and cutest guy ever. Then finally, upon return home to the states, we were both suspended for 3 full days from school. Really, people? Really.
To this day, when Nette and I get together our parents call it the Juvenile Delinquent reunion. Despite her previous marriage ending, her military deployment and my bouncing around the country the last 10 years, we’ve remained as close as sisters. So we decided: Sometime in the year 2013, we are going back to London together. And this time we will go everywhere, do everything, and no one will care if we’re not in our rooms at 9pm. Because the way things go when we get together, I can guarantee we won’t be.
So, see? We HAVE TO GO BACK and do it right. We are now both successful businesswomen who are engaged to be married in the next year. It’s our last big trip before the both of us are wedded, buying houses and thinking about expanding our new family! As such, here is the short list for our visit:
- Red bus tour
- High tea at the Ritz
- Fancy dinner at The Dorchester
- Go to a Gordon Ramsay restaurant
- Eat at pubs like Patty & Bun or The Red Cow
- See the sights: Big Ben, Parliament, The Eye, etc.
- Walk the Millennium Bridge
- Visit Spitalfield and Borough Markets
- Wander and get lost
- See Olympic Park
What else should we add to our must-dos? Inquiring minds want to know!
In the meantime, be sure to follow my Peach Instagram account for pics of our trip. I’m positive there will be many of our dorky selves. Cheerio!