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September 29th, 2007 – by: bvanb
I arrived late that night so, I got acquainted with my hosts over dinner, their cats Buddy and Cali, and their flat, which is quite spacious and charming. The coolest thing is that I have my own room.
Friday, when I woke up Dave and I took off for a walk to the River Thames (Tems) and went for a pint and a bite and kicked it until Vicki came home from work. Then the three of us met up with their friend Lee's house and cooked some dinner and watched World Cup Rugby.
Saturday was a busy day. That morning we got up early and went to Borough's market, which was loaded with locally prepared and process food products, from fancy cheese aged in wine called ubriaco (which I learned the weeks prior in Italy means "drunk") to borough market tea towels, and of course local produce. Although not like our markets where the farms have their own spaces, but rather little markets which receive distributions from local producers.
After the market we rode the Clipper, a commuter boat, up the river past Canary Warf and into the docklands, back down towards the Tate Modern and the Westminster Bridge.
Sunday we hung out with another couple they know and watched "This is England" a dark comedy turned tragedy about a little boy who becomes associated with British skinheads of the 80s. It is good, and I recommend it, but considered yourself warned.
On Monday, the two of them went to work and I started to explore the City in the rain. I went pretty far to the North relatively non-stop. I started with the touristy stuff, including Big Ben, Parliment,Westminster Abbey, St. James Park (The most beautiful urban park I have been to), Trafalgar Square, the theatre district in West End, Convent Gardens, all the way up to London City University in the Camden Borough and back. I probably walked 7 miles in the rain. My shoes were soaked and my toes were prunes. I came home and made dinner for us.
Today, Tuesday I trekked some more on the opposite side of the Thames, making my way to St. Paul's Cathedral. North of the Cathedral was not lively at all compared the previous parts I walked. The Cathedral was closed for some reason, I did not ask, so I continued on and eventually made my way back home.
So far London, has been very vegetarian friendly, an enormous improvement upon Italy for me. You should have seen my face when I saw tabouli salad. And earlier that same day I had the best falafel I ever had, better than the acclaimed "best falafel in Paris."
My hosts take off tomorrow for Oktoberfest. I will let my feet rest in the day and then perhaps hit the salsa clubs again. And then again on Thursday. And who knows perhaps Friday...
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