“You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” -Samuel Johnson

My first week in London was truly a wonderful time spent getting to know Shannon (I have known her for a long time, but had not been around her for about 10 years prior to August 23rd), some of her colleagues, some of her friends, my new roommates Helen, Catherine, and since-moved out Hannah, as well as hanging out with a great friend of mine from my alma mater The University of Texas:)

Shannon and Cathers were kind enough to ‘show me the ropes’ of getting around in London – a skill I am slowly but surely mastering – and an adventure by which I got to see some fabulous sites! These include, but are not limited to, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Trafalgar Square, The Tower Bridge, and the London home of ‘Queen’ Helen Mirren. In addition to all of this fun stuff, over many cups of coffee and a couple glasses of wine, Shannon, Cathers and Andy began to explain to me how they found themselves involved with Matryoshka Haus, what it does, who it is, and what they want it to be, and do, in the future. I have so much left to learn (which is a vital part of my reason for being here), but already in my first couple of days I began to have a much clearer view of the transformational vision of ‘MH’ and the heart of what drives that view.

Side note > from here on out I will be using ‘MH’ as a nickname for Matryoshka Haus. I think it is evident why!

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