Day 36

You can find the map for today’s 5-mile walk here. 89 days until the Congestion Zone Ends Party! Follow on Twitter for more updates.

Today I explored Marylebone. I used to come here a lot when I was studying at uni in Regent’s Park and I have always loved the high street. I like that, even though isn’t exactly pedestrianised, people have the right of way at every street crossing. It gives the area a slower pace than other neighbourhoods around it (a speed completely opposite of Oxford Street, where the road ends). The high street is full of boutique shops, old pubs and speciality restaurants. It is lined with black iron street lanterns (not lights, lanterns) covered in hanging flower baskets. It’s remarkably charming.

Even though I love the area a lot, the parts I had visited before today were pretty limited. I really only explored the high street and a couple of side roads where my favourite cafes and things are. I guess that says something about the appeal of those places though because I generally have a really strong desire to see what I haven’t before and not just visit the same shops time after time. It was really nice to have an excuse to wander around and see more of the neighbourhood today. I got a much better feel for it as a whole and I have to say that (if I suddenly inherit £1M) I could quite happily live here.
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Updates and Progress Report #3

108 days until the Congestion Zone Ends Party! Follow on Twitter for more updates

Hello again,

As I haven’t posted all week, I thought I’d give a quick update and progress report. Don’t worry, I have been out walking, I have just had a hard time getting the posts up. It turns out it’s not very easy to publish posts when I don’t have a computer. I’ll spare you the technological details of my recent crash and tell you all you need to know: it sucks not having a computer! (I am using the WordPress app to post this so I if it looks like crap, my apologies).

The good news is that I have two posts written and ready to get out to you as soon as I can get online for a minute. The bad news (ok it’s actually really good news) is that I am going on holiday in less than two days from now (36 hours to be precise) so I don’t know if I’ll have time to post them before next week.

To keep you in suspense until then, I thought I’d give you an update of where I have walked that I haven’t written about yet and share some milestones that have happened along the way.

Here’s the most current map. As you can see, I have FINALLY touched the western border of the Congestion Zone!!! Wooooooot!

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And just in case you don’t believe me:

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In other news, I have also finally broken the 200-mile mark. Here are the current stats for mileage and time. Looks like the next walk will break the 100-hour barrier as well. Lots of progress going on!

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Lastly, thanks to some pretty awesome London peeps, I’ve officially got more than 200 followers! I hope to see every one of you at the party on July 26th so we can have a big London geek out session.

Thanks for your patience while I’ve been muddling through the computer crash. I will do my best to catch you up over my holiday but I make no promises. I’ve got mountains to climb, hot air balloons to ride and city streets to explore!

See you next time! 

108 days until the Congestion Zone Ends Party! Follow on Twitter for more updates.


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Day 34

You can find the map for today’s 4.30-mile walk here. 115 days until the Congestion Zone Ends Party! Follow on Twitter for more updates.

Good news! My laptop’s hard drive is dead BUT I was able to get the photos for Day 32 back so, once I catch up from the problems last week, I can finally get those up. I’m still hobbling along with a somewhat decent kludge until I can get my new hard drive up and running. Exciting times. Anyway, onto Day 34. 

It took me a bizarrely long time to get to two small sections of the map I finished off today. I planned to see them on five different walks but I was rained outdistracted by a birthday dogiven a free haircut, too ambitious and too slow respectively. Although I didn’t cover much ground and I didn’t find a whole lot of new stuff, it felt good to finally have it off the agenda.

Somerset House

Like I mentioned on Day 33, I like finding relaxing, quiet places just around the corner from loud, busy ones. Somerset House is another one for the list. There’s loads to see inside with the constantly rotating collections and exhibitions. There’s also a really cute cafe with some mouthwatering food.

Photo from Tom's Kitchen site: http://bit.ly/1lBEY7x

Photo from Tom’s Kitchen site: http://bit.ly/1lBEY7x

I’m very much an outdoor person, though. On a gorgeous, sunny day I am much happier sitting in a warm part of the courtyard, watching people go by and listening to the water from the fountain splash around. When the weather gets warmer, it’s even more fun to see kids running through the water, having a blast (and to do the same yourself). It’s one of my London happy places. Continue reading