Saturday, 4 April 2009


So this is it, last entry. I'm sitting in the same chair in London I was almost two years ago when I wrote the first entry on this Blog. Since then I've spent time in: Japan, Australia, USA, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, Macau, Canada, Bermuda and Barbados as well as watching too many concerts and sports events to try and even start to list.

If you've been following my travels for a while then you'll know that the majority of my time was in either Japan or New York. If you want to read my summary of Tokyo then you'll find that here.

As far as New York goes, well I'll miss a few things:
- the beer (no, not the Bud and Miller rubbish but the small microbrewery brands such as DogFish Head, Lagunitas, Smuttynose)
- late drinking (back to London closing times of 1.30pm is a shock to the system)
- concerts (in NYC I saw so many bands I like in really small venues for cheap prices)
- delivery (I could have ordered food from a different restaurant every night I was in NY and it would have been delivered to my door for free inside half an hour)
- 24 hour tube trains which never seem to break down (if NY can manage it why can't London?)

And there a few things I won't:
- the weather (5 months of the year is ridiculously hot and humid and 5 months of the year are ridiculously cold)
- the city is filthy (seriously, the whole place is just manky)
- it is a long way to get anywhere out of the city (in Greenwich I'm still close to the middle of London but it never feels like living in a city)

At the end of day the question I asked myself was: do I see myself wanting to live long term in NYC and it didn't take long to decide the answer was no. Do I see London as that place? That's a more difficult answer.

So there you go, a last few thoughts. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it.

"Nothing makes the Earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes" - Henry David Thoreau


Scottie said...

OK, I meant to record a few stats in this post but forgot so I'll add them in a commnet.

- in the time I tracked it (i.e. only missing about the first month) I have had just under 2,000 unique visitors to my site and 7,700 visits in total. These visits amounted to almost 11,200 page views.

- the days when I recieved the highest number of visitors is a tie between my Office View from NYC (30-Jan-08) and Two Nights in Goa (26-Feb-08)

- I've had visitors from 73 different countries (top three of UK, US and Japan)

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Anonymous said...

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