Interesting Facts you didn’t know about London

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I was on an official trip to London last year. Wanting to explore every nook and corner of the city, I decided to extend my trip by 20 days. No, I am not done with all of London yet. There are still so many places to check out, still so many things to do.

Here are few interesting facts about London that you might not know.

  • For almost a decade, London was the most densely populated city on earth. It was eclipsed by Tokyo in 1925.
  • There are more than 300 languages being spoken in London – more than in any other city in the world. No wonder you feel so much at home here.
  • The London Underground was built in 1863 and it was the first metro in the world.
  • The Waterloo Bridge was built mostly by women.
  • Covent Graden is a spelling mistake. The area used to be the market garden for a convent.
  • The Heathrow Airport is so named because the land on which it is built was once a sleepy rural hamlet called Heath Row.
  • Only 6 people died in the Great Fire of London
  • One of London’s lost rivers The Tyburn runs beneath the Buckingham Palace
  • The Aldgate Station is situated on top of a plague pit containing more than 1000 bodies

Just a month’s  stay in London is not enough to satiate the curious explorer in you. If you do visit the city make sure you plan for a longer trip

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Signs that you are a Travel Addict

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Travelling is addictive. Once you start doing it, it can be difficult to stop. The more you do it, the more you want to keep doing it. And, when you go without it for a long time, you get irritable and  angry. Here are few signs that you are a true travel addict.

  • Day, Noon and Night – travel is all that you can think about
  • You work so you can afford your next big trip
  • You live a frugal life, give up shopping, to save money for your vacations
  • You are planning one trip while you are on another
  • You carry your passport with you wherever you go, even if it’s just the grocery store next door
  • You have a packed suitcase lying around at home all the time
  • You ask people “where are you from?” instead of “How are you doing?”
  • You spend most of your time online, reading travel websites or connecting with other travelers
  • Some people collect books, others stamps, your room is filled with souvenirs.
  • Some people feel bad when they have to leave home. You feel bad when you have to go back.

I can relate to most of these 🙂 Which one speaks to the travel addict in you?

Words I Live by

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I was living an ordinary ( read unsatisfied) life. Then, something happened. On the way to my friends house one Friday evening I met with an accident. The accident wasn’t a major one, but it hit me hard inside. It made me realize how short and unpredictable our lives are. It made me realize that I needed to take the plunge, to make the changes that would make it less ordinary and more magical.

It was during that time that I stumbled upon this inspiring manifesto by Holstee. The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of passion, intention and creativity. Here are few words from the manifesto that I abide by:

Do what you love and do it often

Open your mind, arms and heart to new things

We are united in our differences

Getting lost will help you find yourself

Life is short. So live your dream and share your passion.

Here’s the complete Holstee Manifesto Lifecycle Video. Enjoy and get inspired.