I interrupt my regularly scheduled Weekend Warrior Sunday to continue our London Relocation version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in the hopes it makes your London move more festive. The next line in the original is: “On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me five golden rings.

Please join me in now singing our Christmas carol:

“On the fifth day of Christmas, London gave to me…

FIVE OLYMPIC RINGS!!!”

I know, I know…if you followed last year’s London Relocation Twelve Days of Christmas, you know that I already used this one. But c’mon—it’s the Olympics! In London! Just a few months from now!! And it’s really too perfect given the five-ring symbolism and the gold (medals) to be awarded, so there you have it. There have also been so many strides made over the course of the last year to make these games really happen. London’s east side has been transformed with the new Olympic Park, bringing new commerce and apartments to the area that will have a lasting impact on this city’s landscape. It’s a whole new neighborhood in which to live in London in a historically underdeveloped area, so that’s exciting.

While many of the events like Athletics will be held in that part of town within nine different venues, the whole city will be involved in the 2012 Games as certain events are parceled out throughout town. If you’re moving here in advance of the Olympics, have a wander around to visit these privileged sites before the crowds descend. Actually, on my flight home for Christmas, I read an article about it in BA Highlife magazine—in May, September, and the following August in 2013, there will be a London Stadia Trekathon covering twenty-six miles of Olympic sites that you could surely do on your own if motivated! Check it out here: http://www.bahighlife.com/UK/High-Life-tests-the-London-Stadia-Trekathon.html

If you’re making your relocation in the next few months, you’ll be in for a crazy experience of the city while it’s the center of global attention, but how exciting to be a part of it!

Now, to continue our caroling:

“…more calling plans,
pretty fresh hens,
sea turtle tanks,
and a cartridge to hunt in country.”