I'm back from my first ever overseas book signing! First of all, just the fact that i'm able to write and say that sentence is mind blowing to me. So, thank you all for wanting me there and making my life so extremely satisfying. :)
It's different in London. But not too different. I mean, it's a big city filled with hustle and bustle and tiny streets and too many cars. I found myself looking around at all the buildings and the bars and the restaurants and I could literally SEE where parts of New York and Boston came from. The signs, the ironwork, the design of the building... It was as if the inspiration for our country was surrounding me on all sides. I'm sure some of you are sitting there saying "no shit Jenn," but you have to understand how weird that is for me... a girl from Southern California who always thought that Boston and New York had really old shit (especially considering how little California truly has). To me, those states were super old and had beautiful things i'd never seen before.
And then I came to England.
I've never, in my entire life, seen anything that looks like this.
Or what about this?
HOW ARE THEY STILL STANDING?!?
HOW CAN I PLAY AROUND IN THEM STILL AND THEY DON'T CRUMBLE BENEATH MY FEET?!?!?!?
And WHO THE HELL GOES TO COLLEGE AT A PLACE THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS?!?!?! (This is Oxford)
It's one thing to read about places and hear about their history, but it's another to walk through it and see it with your own eyes. I feel so small. I feel so naïve. But I also feel excited... because my eyes have been opened, my heart has swelled and my mind has expanded. I can't wait to experience more.
That's all. But it's sort of everything, don't you think. :)