This morning I waffled back and forth between going to the British Library (to do more research), or to enjoy the London sunshine and head to the antique outdoor market in Notting Hill. I went with the latter. This morning was hard for some reason. I miss my family, friends, and boyfriend. Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or maybe I am not cut out for city-life, who knows.
Today I just needed some time to myself. I shared a cab with Caleb and Marie to Notting Hill, but then I went off and explored on my own. It was good to sort some of my thoughts and experiences out.
The market was interesting, there were a lot of antique sellers with a wide variety of old odds and ends/jewelry mixed in with the touristy trinket sellers and cheap fashion items. My favorite was the old things and the flowers/veggies. It was a great place to people watch.
I met these two older women who made vintage dresses, I loved talking to them about sewing as they tried to convince me to by some 16th century lace.
I did not buy anything, but it was cool to be on my own. Traveling on the tube, and wandering where I wanted to go. Oh and it rained, but I got ice cream anyway :)
I decided to stay in tonight. Pack and have some time to process. It has been good… much needed. (helped me gain some perspective on the past few days, and ground me in the Truth that is often lost in the hype of modern society). Tomorrow we leave for a week long study stay, meaning three papers and lots of research to do. I am looking forward to focusing on school and setting aside time for devotions. I would love to skype with my family this week :) Thanks to everyone who has been praying for me! This time away has both tested and strengthened my faith and I am so thankful for the support you have given me.
I am ready to say goodbye to London, but I am glad that we are coming back in a week! More adventures to come :)