Experiences – London

            It’s been said by plenty of folks that it’s better to collect experiences than material things. If you think back, I bet you’ll remember experiences – or the specific feelings you had during those experiences – more so than things you owned. Remember the feeling when you bought that Corvette? I bet it was washed out by feelings of insurance and gas and payments. Remember that vacation you took with that boy/girl? Nothing washed that out. Never will. That memory only gets better.

            London is built for the experiences-not-possessions lifestyle. The city has placed housing prices really high, such that you might not have much square footage to store possessions anyway.

            Also helping out this lifestyle are the good folks at Apple Inc. With your Ipad/Iphone, you don’t need any space to store your records or books anymore. Hell, you don’t even really need an entertainment center for your TV anymore. You can watch your Ipad. Now you just need 1) a bed 2) a shower and 3) a kitchen. The clutter-free lifestyle is here.

            So, experiences. London has much to offer, and is really the whole point of the city in the first place.

            If it’s music you like, it’s everywhere. All major recording artists, regardless of genre will stop here to perform. This even includes country music artists from the US, which sorta seem out of place and therefore kinda cool. And there will be plenty of live music in the pubs, subway and all around town. Please fill the tip jars of these performers, lest they go away and make the city less interesting.

            Sports fans swim in activity here. Outside the obvious spectacles of the Olympics, Wimbledon, and rabid Football (soccer) frenzy, you’ll find more. NFL fans from the US now get the regular occurance of NFL games at Wembley Stadium.  Better yet, they can get to know the sport of rugby. Rugby will do just fine to meet the requirements of American football fans.

            Movie buffs will constantly be in the middle of the London premiere of the next great film. Not to mention the fact that the city itself is like a movie. Plenty of films are produced in London as well.

            For the dating crowd – what more do you want? Clubs and pubs everywhere, so many concerts that you will need to be picky, and who knows whom you’ll meet on the Tube.

            Just as important to note is that London is a great jump off point for experiences all around Europe. Heathrow airport hosts plenty of airlines, from discounted to luxurious. Just think of all the places that are less than a two hours flight from Heathrow. Or don’t think of them, and just read this list:


Paris, France

Munich, Germany

Bilbao, Spain

Zurich, Switzerland

Dublin, Ireland

Amsterdam, Netherlands


              There are volumes of experiences to be had in any of these places.

              In contrast, think of all of the places you can visit in a two-hour flight from Des Moines, Iowa:


Denver, Colorado

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Chicago, Illinois

I’m sure there’s more, but Paris isn’t one of them.


                Note that you will pay big for airfare out of this city, and many other US cities, as the discount airline idea hasn’t fully caught on.

                Enjoy London.  Your new open ended playground.

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