Hi. My name is Julia but my friends call me Jules. I've been a member of VT for many years now, but over recent years, a different personal focus has taken my attention elsewhere. I'm North London born and bred and I still live there with my partner Rob in a house we own together in a pleasant part of an undesirable location. We're very proud of it!
I am very lucky with my work locations. I used to work right on Trafalgar Square, and now work within sight of the Thames and St Paul's cathedral. I never get tired of the amazing culture of the city I live and work in. I used to deliberately walk right through the square on my way to work every morning, past St Martin in the fields, the National Gallery, Charing Cross Station, looking across to Nelson's Column and the Big Ben clocktower along Whitehall. Now I get the bus from Liverpool Street station past Tower 42, the Heron Tower, Bank and St Paul's and I always feel so lucky to see these amazing buildings so regularly. I refuse to become jaded and wander about with my head down. An update to my London page is long overdue!
Travel is an on-off love affair of mine, and at the moment I'm very much in love with it. I am always interested in other peoples cultures, food and traditions and try and make the effort to experience the real aspects of the countries I visit instead of the easily accessible tourist version, but time is often the enemy of that. When it works, I am always impressed by how genuine and friendly the people I meet are, which is saying something as I am a bit of a cynic and don't trust people easily. Rob prefers a bit of luxury when he travels, which I'm not averse to, but I try to make him take a bit of a risk occasionally.
I always write a journal when I travel focussing as much on my feelings about a place as what I did there. I do enjoy revisiting places which I have felt a connection with but now I'm trying to go to as many places as I can. It is Rob's deepest ambition to live "somewhere else" for at least part of his life. I'm not so sure that would make us any happier than we already are, but I could certainly live with some better weather, so we'll see what happens!