… so the creeping realisation that normal life must resume at some point soon. Good or bad?
In years gone by I’ve always rather liked the return to a comparatively wintry London. The transition between summer and autumn has been taken care of while we’ve been away. Between our return to the UK and Christmas are a series of events which mark up the run to the festive period.
That feeling still remains, but it’s lessened this year it seems. This time around I’m pondering the past couple of weeks and what I’m returning to.
So, now the bag is packed and we wait to return to the airport, there’s a moment to wrap up the past fortnight. Has the holiday changed anything? Here’s one of those lists again.
1. Las Vegas didn’t surprise that much
The first wander through the casino at the MGM Grand may have been a hideous assault on my senses, but I did soon got used to the noise, the lights and disturbing lack of windows. Contrary to what I’d originally assumed about Vegas, WiFi access was complimentary – nearly everywhere – so much so in fact I don’t quite understand why it is so many places in the UK don’t offer the same service. I’m sure there’ll be someone out there who knows and who will hopefully tell me.
2. San Francisco is (possibly) the best city in the world
The hills are steep. The sky is blue (nearly all the time) and there’s a delectable chill to the air. Most people are friendly. Every street has a charm which hasn’t bored me after six days.
3. Everyone deserves a break; some need a fresh start
San Francisco has led me to this conclusion. London sucks in comparison. If there was work here and the cats were prepared to fly, I’d move here in a heartbeat.
4. I’m sick of carbohydrates
I’m bored of bread, look suspiciously on fried food and fear turning in to anything approaching some of the bulbous-shaped individuals I’ve seen in the past fortnight. I long for a salad or some barely steamed vegetables. I don’t want cheese with anything.
5. Life is simply about overcoming a series of battles
Follow the path of least resistance (when you’re not implementing the strategy you want to see in place) and remind yourself that interactions with other members of human race risks upsetting your finely tuned mood. Email is evil. The only contact worth its salt is face to face contact. Don’t underestimate the extent to which the passive experience of public transport will unpick any good day leaving you in tatters when you get home and even more susceptible to reaching for a glass of wine or bottle of beer.
6. I need to feel good about myself
Exercise is the key here. Daily exercise. I haven’t been doing it regularly for the past two years at least. As a result I’m porking out a bit. And that’s an easy hit. So more exercise is the most important thing to pick up when I get back to the UK. An elevated mood can be guaranteed just by regular exercise. This can only be a good thing.
7. Tune-In Radio is a GREAT THING
I find the fact that I can’t access content produced by the BBC outside of the UK (apart from podcasts). I’ve paid for it. I do want to be able to access it. But in it’s place the Tune-In Radio app on my iPad has proved invaluable. I’ve been able to hear more of the brilliant Derek and Romaine and connected up with the local classical music station KDFC. Both have excellent albeit entirely different subject matter and presentation styles, but as a UK visitor to the States and as someone who spends most of the rest of the year in the BBC bubble, it’s great to hear that there’s great radio outside of the bubble. This just from rediscovering Tune-In Radio on my iPad. I’ll definitely be revisiting that when I get back to the UK.
8. I love taking pictures
And these two shots might be my favourite of the holiday. The latter might just be turned into a blog header.
And no. The nail-growing project failed within about 48 hours.