Once upon a time, a few months after starting my blog, I—like all new bloggers—began to wonder if anyone was reading my ramblings. Then one day I opened up my email to find approximately 100 comments* from someone called Domestikate. Domestikate turned out to be Kate from Edinburgh and we liked a lot of the same things: Harry Potter, polka dots, Jane Austen, cupcakes and Harry Potter (HP is serious business, y’all). If Humphrey Bogart had been around, he would have called it the beginning of a beautiful online friendship.
Two years and two weeks after that first comment (I just checked and can hardly believe it’s been that long), I bought a plane ticket from Texas to London. Tonight I bought my train ticket from London to Edinburgh. And in exactly 5 weeks, Kate and I will actually meet each other—live and in person.
I’m sorry, that doesn’t properly express my excitement.
I AM GOING TO MEET KATE IN FIVE WEEKS!!!!!
This trip idea all started when I realized the band would be playing a show in Glasgow. I thought it would be super cool if Kate got to go see them play and meet my brother. But the more I thought about it, the less I liked the idea of my punk of a baby brother meeting my best blogging buddy before I did.
I spent well over a month looking at plane tickets, waffling back and forth, trying to decide if I could really and truly afford the trip (This is The Year of Making Do, after all). But you know what? Life is short; we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! And so shouting “carpe diem!” I bought my plane ticket.
I’ll be spending three days in London before heading up to meet Kate and gallivant around Scotland. It’s my first trip over the pond, though hopefully not my last, so I’m focusing on my “must sees” whilst in London. You know, the Charles Dickens Museum, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Library and of course I am making a very special trip to Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton (because who needs to see the Tower of London, right? I kid, I kid). If anyone has any helpful tips or tricks, please leave a comment! My eyes are starting to go cross-eyed from all the online research I’ve been doing.
Five weeks…I’m so excited I can hardly sleep!
P.S. One of my top five, all-time favorite bloggers featured my Pride & Prejudice garlands with a small Q&A with yours truly over on her blog, Pink of Perfection. Kate actually found my blog through her site, so this is really all Sarah’s doing. Thanks for everything, Sarah, you’re the best!