I wrote a BRILLIANT blog entry a few days after I returned from London, but an accidental backspace out of WordPress deleted it. Must remember to hit ‘save’ as I go. Believe me—the original was something Hemingway would have shed tears over. Tears of envy. What follows is a mere shadow of the original…

Before I actually went there, London looked like this in my head:

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Yeah, that’s not it. Well, that’s some of it. After imagining it for decades, it felt quite unreal to actually be there.

I had a fabulous time! I left Dismaland after lunch and headed straight to the train into London. From Paddington, I needed to get to Waterloo. I was very chuffed, guvnor, with my ability to get around on the tube despite having done zero research about ANYTHING until I was on the train from Bristol.

The tube is amazing. In some places it’s super modern, but in others it’s like something from a dystopian YA novel, and you walk through tiny winding tunnels lined with wires and pipes to get to your train. On one platform I saw what must have been the inspiration for the Daleks. I’d love to see a movie or TV show set in the tube. Actually, I’d probably watch the product if someone wore a GoPro on her/his helmet and just took the tube all day.

On Friday night, I enjoyed a fabulous dinner with dear Hong Kong friends in a Mexican restaurant made out of shipping containers next to the Thames. We went for a long walk and saw Big Ben, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and lots of lovely little streets, shops, and restaurants.

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On Monday, I left my lovely friends in Surrey and took the train into town. One aspect of English history still lives in London: highway robbery. Well, train-track robbery. A day-pass for public transport cost about 17 pounds. The train from Victoria Station to the airport cost over 19 pounds. The blackguards!

I spent a wonderful morning at The Tower of London. You can visit it virtually on youtube. History is full of treachery and injustice. I guess we’re always in the middle of history.

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I did something twice that I’m not proud of on Monday. I bought a vegie pastie, took a few bites, and chucked it out. After the Tower of London, I bought chips in newspaper, ate a few, and chucked them out too. So wasteful, and I bought the chips on my way to a lunch date! I can only blame my desperation to cram all things English into my weekend. I wondered if British pasties and chips might somehow be more authentic, more delicious. Nup.

I did enjoy incredible Indian food for lunch on Covent Garden with another wonderful friend from Hong Kong, at Dishoom. Such fun:)

Covent Garden is lovely, lovely, lovely. I’d like to live there. but my friend told me that it’s rather expensive… I was so excited to see the Opera House. Joan Sutherland got her big break there in Lucia di Lammermoor. Look it up on Youtube. 🙂

Looking forward to the next trip to London, I think it might be a theatre-themed weekend:) Better start saving:)


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