I don’t know if Indian Summer is a term used outside the U.S. for those late end of summer surprisingly warm days, but much to my delight, London is having its own Indian Summer. I came home from Italian class yesterday drenched in sweat with a sweater, jeans and boots on and immediately changed into shorts. Today, I dressed a tad bit more appropriate scrounging around my already changed-over closet (all the summer clothes are tucked away under the bed awaiting a mid-winter vacation or until next summer rolls around again) for a lightweight shirt and sandals.
The city is much more beautiful when the weather is nice and now that the tourist crowds are gone, you can actually enjoy the green spaces and sunshine a bit without getting trampled by Italian tourists. Sorry, Italianos, you may make the best food in the world, but as tourists you are definitely the worst - I have been pushed down stairs, elbow checked into oncoming traffic, and walked off the sidewalk and everytime I turn to give the offending person a piece of my mind, I hear the familiar sing-songy sound of the Italian language.
This early evening, I have taken over Michael’s grandpa chair to enjoy what is left of the sun:
I call it his grandpa chair because this whole past weekend he stationed himself with the chair facing out the window and the windows wide open trying to pretend we have our very own balcony so he could recline and read the Economist in peace (and in his pajamas) reminding me a lot of some vision of a grandpa too feeble to walk down the stairs to go outside but wanting to enjoy what the outside has to offer. The view and light is great minus the scaffolding that was put up covering the interior windows of our whole building right before we moved in because one (yes, one only) tile fell off the roof. We were told it would be taken down within 2 weeks of moving in but it’s now 2 months and no sign of action. It’s kind of like when HSBC told me it would take 2 weeks to set up a bank account and it took 2.5 months and my name still isn’t on the checks.
Anyway, I am enjoying the beautiful weather and trying to soak in enough Vitamin D to last me through the winter.