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Um... is this woman selling dogs on the street?
    Saturday means markets, of course. Because Nikki, Greg and I all had American guests at this point, it was crucial that we take them out for a market day.
    First, though, I made Josh get up early with me so we could go to the Pelican Cafe for traditional fatty breakfast. He agreed that it was tasty, but that he thought he was probably going to have a heart attack.
    Then we met everyone at Oakwood and took a complicated tube ride (dang Northern Line weekend construction) to lots of markets. Of course, there was a lot of debate about the plan for the day, but we ended up going to Portobello Market first. There was the usual fare of tourists. Very crowded. Greg bought a journal. We got cupcakes at the usual spot.
Josh and I at Portobello Market (probably full of cupcakes)
That place is really exhausting. I love it, but it’s kind of an overload on the senses.
    We finally made our way to good ol’ Borough Market. I made Josh try all my favorite things. We waited in a long line for Greg to get coffee beans. Then we waited in another long line so we could get wild boar for lunch in the center of the market.
    There was a big football game on today, so Greg and
 inside this bar right across from Borough Market. Josh was really tired so he sat outside. I tried to stand inside and watch for a while. The pub reeked of smoke and lager and man sweat, but it was so cool to feel all the energy people had about the game. I found a spot to stand inside and watch with Greg for a little while. It was pretty cool-- definitely something I wouldn’t find myself doing at home.
Greg and I at the market

    Then we separated and Josh and I went back to the city center and walked around. We stayed in Covent Garden for a while. We were very tired, so we sat and ate Ben’s cookies (my favorite) and watched some street performers. We got to watch a bit of an old Punch and Judy-style puppet show. ONE guy was playing all of the characters. Pretty impressive. It was fun to watch all the kids get excited about it.
    Instead of spending a ton of money on eating dinner in the middle of the city, we all reconvened and went back to North London and ate at a pub near the Asda in Southgate. People needed to go to Asda, so we went (much against my will, as Asda is the British Walmart) and I showed Josh how we CAN get peanut butter in the UK. We wanted to go to Daniel’s house afterwards, but we got really lost (thanks Nikki :) ) walking there from the Southgate station.
     We got there, hung out for a bit, drank some tea, played some games, and made the trek home.
    Man, that was a ridiculously long day. 
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Um... is this woman selling dogs o…
Um... is this woman selling dogs …
Josh and I at Portobello Market 
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Josh and I at Portobello Market …
Greg and I at the market
Greg and I at the market
Josh likes bridges
Josh likes bridges
Hanging out on the Millenium Bridg…
Hanging out on the Millenium Brid…
Puppet show in Covent Garden
Puppet show in Covent Garden
Possibly hitting each other
Possibly hitting each other
fun
fun
Greg and Dave in Portobello Markert
Greg and Dave in Portobello Markert
Greg, Josh and I, perusing
Greg, Josh and I, perusing
CUPCAKES from Hummingbird Bakery..…
CUPCAKES from Hummingbird Bakery.…
Josh and I on the Millenium Bridge…
Josh and I on the Millenium Bridg…
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