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.
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.
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 Berkeley Alums © Fiona Hanson|
|Iconic Hyde Park © Fiona Hanson|
|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|