I say this every year but it is crazy how quickly time flies! I remember setting my New Year resolutions and we are now almost halfway into 2015. Summer is by far my favorite time of the year – I think London, while beautiful in the usual gloomy weather, really wakes up during the summer months. Watching the River Thames catch the first rays of the summer’s morning sun and glimmer with golden light is one of the most stunning sights I have seen to date.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good list and this year I decided to write down all the things I want to do this summer and slowly tick them off. I am a big believer that, if I write things down, I am much more likely to accomplish them (a topic for a different blog post, perhaps) and this year, I am determined not to let my full time (and a half) job from making some wonderful summer memories.
My summer’s to do list
1. Go to an open air theatre
Oh the romance of watching Shakespeare or Casablanca under the stars. There are lots of places you can experience this in London, for example, Regent’s Park Open Air Theater, Kew Gardens. The downside – just like everything else in London, it can be quite expensive.
But don’t worry, I have an alternative – you can catch As You Like It in the Rookery in Streatham. I can’t find the price details anywhere, could it be free? Even if it isn’t it will be much cheaper (and just as fun) as performances in big theaters. You should also check parks near you, I am sure your local council are organising something just as fun for the summer!
2. Hang out at Pop Brixton
Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s just a fantastic space put together using shipping containers. You will find local small businesses selling delicious food and drink 7 days a week. Great for a Sunday afternoon when you want to hang out with your friends in the sun. Which is exactly what I did last weekend and will be doing a lot more this summer.
Make sure you check out the macarons (the raspberry and dark chocolate one was incredible), and, most importantly the guys who sell the most delicious bratwurst I have ever had.
3. Have a picnic
Having grown up in the countryside, I am a true nature freak. And I love my food. Food + nature = picnic! The goal of the summer is to have a picnic on the beach but, a local park will also do.
4. Actually, scrap that, I am going to the beach
Living in London is great but one thing that I miss the most is having the sea on my doorstep. Having grown up 15 mins away from the beach, I sometimes have actual cravings to just swim in the sea. I suppose it’s the mermaid gene in me!
5. Start learning French
Having spent years trying to resist the charm of the French language, I think I am ready to admit defeat and admit that it’s beautiful and I want to speak it.
6. Go to Morocco
It is shaping up to be a busy summer at work which means that I will probably only get to have a city break (rather than a 2 week holiday which I am craving). And of I have to choose one place, it would be Marrakesh. I have never been but I imagine it to be loud and busy and the air will smell of spices and rose essential oils (I don’t know why, but this is my fantasy so leave it!).
7. Declutter my home
With a move pending, it’s time to get rid of all of the unused, unwanted things!