Wednesday, November 11, 2009

First Timers

The Man and I are waiting to go pick up his cousin from Euston. She's in Liverpool doing her PhD for the next few years, and this will be her first trip to London.

I love introducing first-timers to London. When I first moved here, I had a steady stream of visitors to show around. Now, it's slowed considerably but The Man and I have the patter pretty well down. He introduced me to many aspects of the city when I first came, and he does it very well.

It's kind of hard to remember back, five years ago, when I arrived. I'd been in London before, but I still didn't know much about the city. I landed early one morning in May, and after settling into my flat in Highgate I headed straight to Camden Town to drink in the atmosphere - the buzz, the noise, the sirens and even the rubbish seemed so... London. I wandered down the street, past the market stalls, and I couldn't keep the smile off my face. Later that day I walked through Highgate Woods and across Hampstead Heath, still unable to believe I was actually going to be living here.

I still feel that way even now. I fell in love with this part of the world, met and married my husband here, and all things being well, I'll hopefully soon be a citizen.

And that's why I love showing people what I now consider to be my city.

4 comments:

Smitten by Britain said...

I'm so envious of you and the experiences you are having. Lucky you!
Stop by my blog when you get a mo...something there for you. Also, review on Friday.

Marsha Moore said...

Thanks so much Melissa! I'll pass it on shortly. It was a welcome start to the day!

Mike said...

As one of your many tourists I must say that you guys make excellent tour guides! So much so that I’ve recommended you to others who I know are planning on visiting.

With any luck I’ll be able to put your book to the test in 10 months.

Marsha Moore said...

Thanks Mike! So we'll see you over here again in the summer-ish?