Sunday, July 6, 2008

LONDON! LONDON!


There's nothing quite like deleting phone numbers from your cell phone to affirm that you are completely companion less. When you realize that you've held onto people who are now essentially strangers to you, for a long time, and you decide to "delete" them, you have officially opened up space to start anew- maybe that's dramatic and slightly sad, but sometimes you have to do it. It's the emo version of chopping off your hair for "change."

And anew is surely what I have ahead me....

With all of your "votes" and an organized tallying system (that's the analytical and slightly obsessive side of me taking over), I pulled out my debit card, picked a date, randomly and bought my ticket to London. I bought a fucking ticket to London?! A non-refundable, solo, ticket to London. I basically took "my" destiny by the horns and yanked its little tough head, eyes pointed across the seas and said, this is where we're going buddy.

This is what I do, I formulate some idea, I let it marinate in my mind and my though process and then I turn it into this humongous life sized reality. I make what start as tiny ideas into tangible experiences, even if that isn't always the best thing.

Thus far my mind has been "made up" and thus MADE UP, quite literally, experiences/stories, that could have stayed in my head had I not taken the leap and it has taken me to;

Los Angeles where I lived for three years and experienced everything under the twisted/warped little L.A. moon. I sang on stages with full bands, I auditioned endlessly and I was defeated and triumphant all in one. I lived alone and learned my Independence, I taunted my fears and squashed them. I said "yes" almost always, to almost anything and I developed toughness, without losing my tenacity and spirit....I developed a resilience and was reminded of my inherent strength and love for what I do.

My mind has let me LOVE completely and fully and taken me to Seattle with everything and nothing to lose, where in the end I did lose, though was reminded again that "to love" as in an action, is the best feeling.

Then....as a result my mind took me straight across to New York City, where I have interned for one of the best women's magazines and where I ultimately starting freelancing for another incredible celebrity magazine. Where I opened my heart to new faces and friends, flavors and liquors. Where almost everything whether it was booze or fancy cheese came in excess, only to be followed by long walks and aching feet.

I have lived in two of the greatest cities, I have had/have the GREATEST jobs and the best part.....this is only the beginning. I finally, decided.

My mind is on an insane roller coaster of "creation" right now creating stories (that you all will get to read) happening all over; London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris, Florence, Greece, Stockholm, Budapest, Prague, Dublin, Brussels, Berlin, Zurich, Malta, Croatia, Edinburgh, and wherever else I manage to squeeze in.

THANK YOU THANK YOU, to all of you sent me your suggestions, expect MANY, MANY more stories....PLUS, I'll need you all to send me your thoughts on where to go/what to do while I exercise my freedom to GO. and do all of the things I've wanted to. How fitting that I bought my ticket the day after 4th of July......ahhhh to be free.

This plane departs in Sept, until then we shall resume to your regular programming of- often irrational, frequently inappropriate, mostly single, always up for dessert, slightly tipsy and insane Chelsea Talks Smack.

67 comments:

Camels & Chocolate said...

Congrats, Chels, that's awesome! I've been to all of those places, so hit me up if you need further advice on logistics, where to stay, etc. I can also set you up with friends in some of those places to maybe at least show you the nightlife, ya know.

Melain said...

OMG that's SO EXCITING! You're still planning on blogging during your travels? Because I've come to depend on your posts. They make me happy.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Camels and chocolate- AH! THANK YOU! Yes, as usual, expect emails from me. After all, I have officially named you my guru. ;)

Melain- YES I WOULD ABSOLUTTTTTTELY STILL BE BLOGGING! Every nitty gritty DETAIL, THE ENTIRE TIME. :) and thank you :) You're the best.

Lulu said...

Wow, that is so exciting!!!! I am so jealous! Can`t wait to read your traveling adventures- You must have a lot of planning (and thoughts swimming around in your head) to do before September!

Congrats on making the decision!

notthelifeiordered said...

I find it very ironic that last night I decided...I was MOVING to london. May be the most retarded thing I've ever thought out but I haven't just moved anywhere I wanted to just because. So I'm doing it.

HOORAY for your trip though!! That is so exciting and i cannot wait to hear all about it. How long are you going/Can i fit in your suitcase? :)

Ben said...

Excellent choice! Europe is amazing and perfect for some change and adventure. I flew off to Ireland solo a few years back and had an incredible four months. How long will you be exploring for?

Kim said...

AHH how exciting!!! Sorry had to go all girl like on that one.

You must visit Stonehenge and post pictures so I can hate you and love the fact you had to the balls to go and I didn't. :-)

Lyla Lou said...

Wow you are soooo brave! I've always dreamed of just picking up and moving....then I remember I am scared of traveling.

pessimisticredhead said...

What a good pick! You MUST go see the dress collection at the Museum of London. Pardon the cliche, but it's actually breaktaking.

Strawberry Swirl said...

that's awesome!! I've been to London twice(of course both times were layovers) but from what my cousin tells me she loves living there. Its fun and has a great music scene.

Summer said...

Congrats Lady! I lived in London for about 2 months and I'll tell you, it was an amazing experience. Two MUST visits, British Museum and the Tate Modern...There are a ton of other musuems to see but those two were my favs! Picasso and history, can't beat it! Good Luck! I envy your courage!

flipflops said...

I love London! If you've enjoyed partying to excess in NYC, you'll find that the same holds true in London...

If you can, pleeeeeease go to Italy. I loved everything about my time in Italy -- from Rome to Venice to the Cinque Terre to the delicious food and wine and romantic culture.

You are so brave and inspiring -- congrats on making such a great decision!

Lori said...

Hi there! I've been following your blog for awhile now, and was totally floored today when I read this line:

"My mind has let me LOVE completely and fully and taken me to Seattle with everything and nothing to lose, where in the end I did lose, though was reminded again that "to love" as in an action, is the best feeling."

I went to Seattle with everything and nothing to lose last year... and lose I did. But it was an incredible feeling to pick up and do what I felt needed to be done at the time, and you summed up exactly what I think about the whole experience in one eloquent sentence.

CONGRATULATIONS on following your traveling dreams, and I look forward to reading all about it.

lemonlemonade said...

I'm also going to London in September, although not indefinitely. I'll be in England for about 8 days, and then I have to hightail it back to the States for work. But I'm planning at least one overseas trip a year until I die because I refuse to let "work" get in the way of exploring the world. I can't wait to read about your adventures. Bon voyage!

Britt said...

That will be a fantastic trip. Good for you! Can't wait to hear all the stories!

Jenn said...

Go you! It will be an amazing trip I'm sure :)

jessica maria said...

Congratulations, Chelsea. It will surely be an adventure and I can't wait to hear of your travels...

heidikins said...

So! Exciting!! Is this an extended vacation or a permanent/semi-permanent move?

Love ya, and Mind the Gap.

xox

Rose said...

I'm so glad you picked London! It is my favorite place in the world. If you have any questions or want to know about any good places to go feel free to contact me!

deutlich said...

That's pretty effin' cool that you're goin' to London

Heidi said...

That is fantastic news!! We can compare our travels as a solo female traveler like our selves. You have europe covered, I've got southeast asia....we just need a few other girls to cover some other big areas and then we've got a pretty good book going....don't you say? :-)

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the almost right word said...

congrats! looking forward to hearing about the travels!

Lacey Bean said...

Color me jealous!! London is awesome.

We'll have to have a Blogger Happy Hour before you go.

ORION said...

I just got back from London a few weeks ago- I LOVED it- the place is just so incredible. You are wise to live this way- I don't know anyone who says they regret the things they've done as the old saying goes...
Do take time to really see StoneHenge.
I met so many Londoners who lived in England their whole lives and didn't go see it...

well-intentioned heartbreaker said...

Chelsea! This is SO awesome to hear, and I am SO happy for you. London will be amazing, for sure.
My friend just got back from 2 years in London, working as a journalist for a major newspaper out there. I'll be sure to pick her brain and pass along any info I can to you about anything & everything!

Carrie said...

Wow, that sounds so exciting! I loooove Europe, and I'm sure you will too!

ToKissTheCook said...

Chels- Why don’t we go ahead and coordinate schedules to do Istanbul, Cephalonia (Greece), Hvar (Croatia) and maybe something super-spy in Albania or a vampire tour through the Carpathians. Should take the better part of 3 weeks though the good news is that I think Cephalonia is the only one on the Euro at this point.

Way to buy the ticket☺

Sarah Marie said...

Ack! I'm so insanely jealous that you get to travel the world! You're going to have the best times! Can't wait to read your posts and see all the pictures of your adventures! So much fun! Congrats on your big decision! So exciting! Have you been to Europe before? I spent my honeymoon in Paris- you're going to love it! I've never been to London before though - I really wanna go one day!

Coconut said...

I want to go and do that RIGHT NOW! SOO jealous, it will be amazing! I can't wait to read all about it!

brookem said...

that's WONDERFUL. and what a damn liberating feeling that must be.

Jeanne said...

Chelsea - congrats! I am jealous and happy for you all at the same time.....you are embarking on an amazing and powerful journey. I can't wait to hear your adventures.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Thanks everyone!!! WOOP WOOOOPPPPPPP!!!!!

For those of you who asked- YES I HAVE BEEN TO EUROPE.

I have been to Italy twice: Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany.
I have been to Paris, France and I've been all over Austria touring with a dance company and performing for a few weeks: Salzburg, Vienna, St Johann....EVERYWHERE.

I cannnnooot to get back.

How long will I be going? As of right now DEFINITELY through November, THOUGH- Who knows, maybe my journeys will make the vacation longer ;)

For all of you that offered advice- I'LL TAKE ANY AND ALL OF IT.

If there are people I should meet, places I should see, food I should eat, WHATEVER. Please please let me know....I'd like the blog to be interactive while I'm there, though, it already it ;) Email me or expect an email soon.

CHEERS!

longredcape said...

Wow. I'm impressed. That? Is something I could never do.

GO GIRL!

Mel Heth said...

Oh how I wish my balls were as big as yours. :P

nicoleantoinette said...

I really, really, REALLY want to come.

Fuck.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Nicoleantoinette- MY LOVE! You know you were the first person I called when I wanted a partner....the invitation is still open :)

Michelle said...

omg, have fun in London. I actually like taking solo trips and stuff, so I hope you enjoy yourself. Definitely blog about the food. I've heard how horrible food is in the U.K. but I've also heard you can find some interesting dishes that are rather unique to the region...Bourdain went on a trip for his show and it was really interesting.

Katelin said...

omg i love you chelsea! that is awesome. you are my traveling hero like no other. london will be so fun! eeee can't wait to hear more about it.

biscuitinabasket said...

Hey Chelsea! very nice to hear that you have decided to visit the best city on the other side of the pond! :)

Hope you enjoy your stay in our city, and if we cross paths during your visit it would be cool to grab a cuppa :P

Lauren said...

I need to be more impuslive like you. I need to just pick up and go-not caring about the how's or why's. It seems like so much more fun that way.

Enjoy london. It's a fantastic city! Great choice!

Hillary said...

I am so excited for you. London is all sorts of fabulous!

Paula said...

Good for you - wish I had the guts to take off!!!

Stephanie said...

Oh, Chelsea, you are sooo brave. I would be way to scared to just go off somewhere foreign to me all alone.
Good luck though, i know you'll love it! :)

Bayjb said...

I'm so excited for you. This is going to be such a great adventure :) Plus, you've inspired me to go through my phone and delete some numbers I no longer need but have held on to for so long. It's tough but I need to do it.

Surfergrrl said...

awesome!!! good for you!

girlinterrupted1218 said...

That sounds fabulous! Oh to be completely free! It is amazing. Congrats, good luck, and all that jazz!

Aurora said...

Funny, I was thinking of a haircut today. Perhaps really, subliminally, I was thinking of going to London. You have now made that connection for me! thank you. (And London is lovely. Do make sure you go to Dulwich Park and see the swans and willow trees.)

Kate said...

Good choice! In London, you get all of the awesomeness of being elsewhere, but none of the culture-shock of having to use, say, a squatter toilet. If you make it up to Scotland at all, let me know. Spent enough time up there as a foreigner to know what's good.

K.

mnm said...

wow. good.

Vanessa said...

Congratulations on a fabulous adventure you have chosen! I can't wait to hear details as you live them to the fullest.

Single said...

Wow, I wish I was going with you. My life in Southern Cal sucks ass right now. I'm glad you made a decision and I bet things are going to go well.

teabelly said...

It's funny for people to be so excited about the place I am sitting right now. It's going to be nice to see it through someone else's eyes, what they like, dislike, where they go. So congrats on the decision and I hope you love your time here. Should you need any advice I'll do my best to help. First thing's first, get an Oyster travel card, it'll save you money in the long run. :)

Oh, and bring an umbrella, the weather is weird right now.

ashley said...

I love deleting numbers from my phone. If I don't talk to you in a month, then you're gone.

It's so great to hear that you're headed off to London. Wow. That's incredible.

Mike said...

Chelsea -

You must go to Piccadilly Circus and tell me if it lives up to it's reputation.

You'll understand what I'm talking about if you go and it does.

NYCPonderings Chick said...

ohh wow, this is a very exciting time in your life then, i wish i could go and travel or backpack somewhere! I bet you will meet your husband somewhere along the way!

Blue Goose said...

Long time reader, first time commenter: This is so exciting! I can't wait to hear about all your adventures!

*you've been goosed!

kris said...

Love that you have the balls to do what we all talk about, daydream about, but never get off our collective ass to do.

Cheers.

Felicia said...

I envy your free spirit. You're going to have the time of your life.

ORION said...

I thought the food was great.
Although I've been told in the last 10 years it's improved...
I loved the Indian food and you can't go wrong with the fish and chips lol!
and the patries...gotta have that clotted cream on scones...

Sassy Molassy said...

I'm so jealous. Someday I'd like to have the guts to do that. Impressive. It may not seem so amazing to you, but to some of us, that is one huge move.

I want to go to another country, but I need someone to go with. I want to go, but now's not the right time with my job and all. I'll continue to find excuses until one day I just say to hell with it. No more of being Ms. Safety Pants. Time to fly away!

You're going to have an awesome time!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Thank youuu all of you for the warm wishes, expect many more blogs full of neurosis....like the one I am about to write about planning this whole adventure.

P.S. As far as the free spirit thing? yes, indeed I a one...though I also may just be very nonsensicle and if thats the case, I suppose itll make for very interesting reading right?

But- if its something you desire, at some point you much LEAP. and the net will appear..... ;)You might lose you job, but shit...leap anyways.

Amanda said...

you go girl!!! told ya you'd LOVE london!!! so much to see there, just see it all, don't sleep - see it all!!! ;-)

Meesh-elle my Belle said...

i just got back from barcelona. you HAVE to go to barcelona. You will LOOOOOOVE it. It's the most amazing city - my favorite of all the european cities I've been to I think. and the men. are. gorgeous.

redstaplernation said...

I was right, I was right! *happy dance*

London! Woo!

All Mod Cons said...

I'll have to keep an eye on your blog. I find it incredibly fascinating when people visit here & I can read their opinions. Especially those from the other side of the pond. Should be an interesting read!

BNY said...

You are awesome.

 
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