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Jolly Ol’ England, Here I Come!

November 21, 2016 | by

It feels a little early to be thinking about, especially since we are in the middle of our conference for Spring 2017, but winter holidays are coming up fast, folks! Usually I spend my time off around Vancouver, enjoying the seasonal sights like the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden or the Robson Square skating rink (although I do spend a lot of time cozied up in my apartment with a good book too.) This year will be a little different though as I’m jetting off the UK for a winter wedding and to spend some time with my British family.

 

I’ve been doing a little research to prepare myself to visit, since I haven’t been in more than a decade. I’ll be spending most of my time in a little village outside London called Upnor (specifically Upper Upnor) in the parish of Frindsbury Extra, Kent; I had to give you all that detail because, as a Canadian, I am unendingly charmed by English place names. Despite my rural lodgings, I’m hoping to make it into London at least a few times to see the sights!

 DK's Top 10 London 9781465445520

DK’s Top 10 London 9781465445520

Lonely Planet England 8th Ed. 9781743214671

Lonely Planet England 8th Ed. 9781743214671

Shannon Bennett's London: A Personal Guide to the City's Best 9781743791745

Shannon Bennett’s London: A Personal Guide to the City’s Best 9781743791745

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since I can’t spend all my time sightseeing, I’m taking some books to read during my downtime. Here’s what I’m packing:

 

The Life-Writer by David Constantine 9781771961011

The Life-Writer by David Constantine 9781771961011

Lost in London: Color Your Way Around the City 9781784880668

Lost in London: Color Your Way Around the City 9781784880668

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin 9781250137593

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin 9781250137593

 

Between the cold-damp of a UK winter and a house full to the rafters with my crazy family, I think coming back to work in Vancouver will feel like the real holiday! However, I’m looking forward to spending my time off in a different part of the world with people I hope your holidays are relaxing and full of good food!

— Dani “Picadilly Circus” Farmer

 

PS. You didn’t think I would leave you without a song to listen to, did you? Have a little Ella!

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