the top of the shard!

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every saturday lately ian has spent 10-12 hours studying for the cfa. the test is at the end of june and we are so excited for it to be over! :) on those long study days ian usually takes a few hour study break to spend some time with me and the boys. last saturday we spent that time on the 72nd floor of the tallest building in western europe!

i’ve always loved the unique look of the shard and Ian has long wanted to go to the top. it happened to be a suuuuuper sunny clear weather last weekend so the timing of our visit was perfect! the experience was cooler than either of us expected. the walls made of windows on the 72nd floor are open to the sky and the views from up there are pretty dang spectacular. we love london so much and are so grateful and happy to call it our hometown for the time being! 

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^^ looking down on the tower of london and lots of red double-decker buses! ^^
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^^ can you see the shadow of the shard? so cool. ^^
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^^ we even happened to see tower bridge open up to let a boat through! this happens pretty rarely, so we were pretty stoked to see it! ^^
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^^ moses liked looking out the windows, but not nearly as much as he liked spinning the wheel on one of those smash-a-penny-to-make-a-souviner-coin machines…he could have done that for hours! ^^
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^^ and he looooved just running around the 72nd floor in circles, with mom or dad chasing after him… ^^
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^^ look who we found up there!! moses and elizabeth are totally pals now ;) // one of our favourite things about the view was seeing the train tracks going through the city. when you’re on the train you always kind of wonder how it all fits together and where exactly you are in the city. now we know! ^^
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love you forever, london!


  1. I love reading about your adventures in London. My family has recently started our own expat adventure in New Zealand and I was just wondering if you could share some of your thoughts on integrating into a new country and culture. Such as building a support network, starting a family, and finding time to communicate with those in different time zones. Thanks! You are a great inspiration and role model for me.


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