Sunday, December 6, 2009

London Calling

We flew from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to London for a few days there. Unfortunately Tana continued directly on to New York to attend her father's funeral.

Of course it being December London was grey, dark, wet, and cold. We were freezing! Since Tana was not here it was our duty to do a little shopping - warm clothes, please! Believe it or not we also spent two ejoyable hours exploring Harrod's (voluntarily even), the most amazing store I have ever witnessed. The food alone was simply amazing. After that we found some warm clothes to purchase and we were on our way.

We used the underground to get around, which was easy and mostly enjoyable (except for the one time we got on the wrong train). We did some touristy things like riding on the London Eye, visiting Windsor to see the castle (flag was flying so queen was in but we did not see her peering out of any of the windows), Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum, and a visit to the IMAX theater to see "Polar Express" in 3D. Mostly we walked around until our legs were sore, and did our best to support the local restaurants and pubs. Also we dodged raindrops.

It was nice to see so many places in person that we had seen so many times in photos and films. In general we found the city to be quite friendly and low key after the chaos of some of the African cities we had seen.

We also caught up with some friends that we made while volunteering in Namibia and the Thai Elephant Camp back in January, which was great fun. They entertained us, showed us the sights and generally spoiled us rotten.

Next stop, NYC.

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