Sunday, July 28, 2013

Go Bears!

A few weeks ago Keenan and I attended a University of California-wide alumni event at the Hyde Park Tennis Club, thanks to a very generous alumni who is a member.  I haven't been to a UC-sponsored event for a few years now (I know we are bad alumni) mostly because the group has been dormant until recently with a revival of some fun events including Ansel Adam Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, Berkeley at the Berkeley Hotel, and March Madness at the Marylebone. Of course none of which we could attend due crazy work deadlines. 

UC Berkeley Alums © Fiona Hanson
It was a gorgeous summery day for a picnic at London's most iconic park. Did I mention that summer finally arrived, and it stayed for three weeks and counting? Yes, for the record, we've been enjoying record-high temperatures of 28C/86F for all of July. The event was very well-organized and they even reserved a lawn area for us to play grass bowling and petanque, a boules game which is a favourite passtime in the south of France. 

Iconic Hyde Park © Fiona Hanson
I was pleasantly surprised by the turn out. Apparently there are several thousands of us residing in the U.K. -- who knew? Well it's not surprising considering that there are 30,000+ students enrolled at any given time across the 10 UC campuses and estimated 1.6 million living alumni.  We ran into a few alumni that we haven't seen in four years and recently became new parents. Time is flying by so quickly. It's hard to believe we're approaching our fifth year in London, and now on our official countdown (two months to go!) until our permanent residency.

UC Davis Alum - © Fiona Hanson
So my 'half-decade' resolution is to be a more active alumni. So see you at another event soon. Go Bears!
Listening to speeches and donations from UC alums © Fiona Hanson

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