Week of having bestie as our house guest
I have to say that it was a true blessing for one of my besties from med school to visit with us.
She was unable to attend our wedding last year and it was nice to have her in London. Lets call her Van – a little nickname from uni days.
Van and I were roomies for all 5 years of medical school and have a lot in common except for football and politics; which are some of her favourite subjects (and my absolute worst). That might explain why she was quite keen on the political posters in the underground stations (and I was not).
Expats tend to live relatively isolated lives. Most of us do not have our immediate family and oldest friends within close proximity and therefore, rarely ever have house guests for more than a few nights.
The week of having Van bestie as a house guest taught me some valuable lessons which I’d like to share.
We have a typical London sized flat but were able to make our guest as comfortable as we possibly could. Even though Van didn’t have a room of her own, we had a good sized portable wardrobe for her to keep all her bits and have some semblance of privacy. Because we know each other very well, I didn’t have to go beyond my means to make her feel at home.
Because we had long days out in the city, I had to devise means to NOT neglect my hot housewife duties. Many of the mornings involved me cooking up a storm for dinner later that day. If I knew how to, I would have cooked a week’s worth of meals and frozen it. I am open to suggestions!
I woke up earlier than I usually do to have breakfast & chat with my husband and get some chores done especially cleaning the bathroom; the one chore I DON’T absolutely hate. TV was out of the question because we usually returned home extra tired and I had to spare some time to speak to my husband about his work day.
A while ago, I wrote a post about preparing for a day out in London. We basically did all that and more! Lucky for me, my house guest is pursuing her masters degree in Australia – which is like pacific Britain from what I gather! A lot of the tourist spots have similarly named places in Melbourne and, therefore, I didn’t have to explain what Southbank, London Eye and “Mind the Gap” meant.
Daily time allocation
Van and I love shopping. Our days were split between shopping, lunching, touring and more shopping! A typical day would involve going to a tourist attraction for 2 or so hours (a post on that later), lunch from a nearby vendor and the rest of the day would be spent in the fitting rooms of several stores. Van even learned that it was okay for her to buy items, think about her purchases at home and return if she wasn’t absolutely thrilled with the purchase (unworn, ofcourse).
We used the Piccadilly Line both ways but if I had to change anything, I would have opted for a taxi for her departure. There was a signal failure that evening on the Northern Line and we had to carry heavy suitcases up and down several flights of stairs from the Bakerloo Line at Piccadilly Circus. To leave the airport, I splurged on a Heathrow Express ticket but found even more closures at Paddington Station due to an accident.
I was sad to have her leave but we are more than grateful that she gave us a chance to tell a different story about our stay in London. I am blessed to have her for a friend and pray for God’s blessings in her studies, career and life.
Have you had a house guest recently? What did you do to prepare for their arrival and how did it impact your daily routine? Please share some thoughts on advance food preparation / freezer meals.