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Emily Laurence Baker

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American-born Emily first came to London as a university student when she rode the overnight bus from Aberdeen. She stood in Piccadilly Circus and knew that someday she would live in London. She returned to the city soon after completing university, raised two children here and along the way became a British citizen. Both she and Piccadilly Circus have changed but she loves London more than ever and delights in continually finding new things to explore. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and many other publications. She is the author of City Walks with kids: London (Chronicle) and Slow New Forest (Bradt). She’s also a qualified London Blue Badge guide so that she can share her love of London with visitors.

Posts by Emily Laurence Baker

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  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    Ever since I saw photos of the terracotta warriors as a child, I longed to see them. I got to Xi’an a few years ago and was completely awestruck by those stern, dignified faces arrayed before me.

  • 2
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    We are all fundamentally the same. Preconceptions erode amidst casual conversation.

  • 3
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Bicycle. You move just fast enough to cover ground but slow enough to catch all the details.

  • 4
    Who would you choose as a seatmate on a cross-continential road trip?

    Anyone with a keen sense of humour and unquenchable curiosity.