My blog - August 2008

London Town

August 8th 2008, 9:18pm

Yesterday I went to London to drop off my passport application. For the last two years, I've had my passport in my maiden name, and figured it was a good time to get it switched over, as the visa in my current passport expires at the end of September. So on Thursday after work, I had my photo taken, filled in my application, and got on the cheap bus to London at 6:50 Friday morning.

I got into London a bit ahead of schedule, and wandered off in the direction someone gave me (turned out to be the LONG way to where I was going). But it worked out alright, because I managed to find a copy store and get my ID copied in colour. Once I got to the embassy (which I can't believe I've never spotted before - there's like 12 Canadian flags on the building!), getting the application sorted was pretty straightforward. I had a really nice day, wandering all around Leicester Square and Soho and down through St. James Park, Green Park and Hyde Park. There was the coolest tree in Hyde park. I don't know what it was, maybe a weeping alder? It was really big, and its branches went down to the ground, but the trunk was big and gnarled, and kids were climbing it right to the top, their heads peeking out of the very crown of the tree! I had sushi for lunch (mmmm!) and kai-lan, salt, pepper & chili squid and wonton soup for supper. Pretty good stuff. I love chinese food, and I can't get enough of the really good stuff around Coventry. So whenever I'm in London, I try to get some in! I saw a bride and groom walking though the crowds watching the Olympic opening ceremony, the bells of the church next to the square still ringing from the end of their ceremony. I spent an hour looking at various portraits in the National Portrait Gallery. I think I prefer non-portrait paintings.

Highlights of my day? Having two pigeons poo on my head while I was watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics (thank goodness the embassy was right next door - I went and washed my hair in the bathroom sink), seeing a man taking his ferret for a walk and enjoying a good browse through the bookstores on Charing Cross Road.

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Comment posted by rebekah at 9:18pm on August 8th 2008

I had a bird poop on my shoulder during the prayer at my cousin's outdoor wedding. Much fun and laughter was had.

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