I am over half way through my trip to England, so it is about time for another update. London continues to be a very fun and easy place to be, aside from being extremely expensive, as everyone knows. This past weekend was tourist weekend, and fortunately the weather cooperated.
Friday night, after a long week of working and drinking, we needed to get out and relax. So we headed to the Leicester Square area, which was full of theaters, tourists, and people out for a good time. We stumbled upon a Mexican restaurant, Pacifico, which Aaron remembered as being great. I was very skeptical as I had heard about so-called good Mexican food in Europe, but I was pleasantly surprised. It had a great bar where they made some of the best margaritas I’ve had (and they made them without measuring out the alcohol like they do everywhere else), and the food was as good or better than any I’ve had in California. It was a little taste of home, and we had a great time.
Saturday, Aaron and I went down to the River Themes and got a boat to the Tower of London. He had never been, and The Tower was one of the few things that I had wanted to see here since I have seen it in so many movies and I have read about so many people dying there. The Tower of London turns out to be a full day. There are tours to take, lots of towers and exhibits to explore, and the crown jewels to see. The weather was sunny, and we had fun wandering around the huge complex, always mindful of the time as there was a 3:00 FA finals game too watch as well.
After we were castled out a bit, we got back on the boat and continued to Greenwich, passing the few tall buildings in London and lots of fancy condos, and then found a (smoke-free!!) pub to watch the game. Since the Tower took longer than we expected, we didn’t have too much time to see Greenwich, especially since the football game went into overtime. We wandering through the market and then got back on the last boat towards London.
Sunday turned out to be an equally nice day, so we stopped by a Lebanese grocery store to pick up food for a picnic lunch in Hyde Park. We past Speakers Corner, where all the crazys shout about all sorts of nonsense (just like in The Life of Brian). Then it was off to the British Museum where we saw all of the highlights: Elgin marbles, the Rosetta Stone, mummies, etc. I was surprised that there was no security, not even someone looking in your bag, and that you could take pictures with a flash. Museumed out, we wandered slowly back to the flat, stopping for a pint along the way, and then settled in for a quiet evening at the flat.
This week we are working again, and we are trying to figure out what to do with our long weekend ahead of us before I have to fly home. Then we have to figure out what to do after that, but that’s a whole other issue…