Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Paris Is Burning!

Paris trip-gone! Last night, my London host injured his knee while crossing the street, the narrow street. A freak accident, involving a car. This morning he woke up and told me he didn't think it would be a good idea to travel today. Knee not doing well, mate. So, no Paris. Disapointed, yes. But not distraught. I'm still in London. Now just have to figure out what plan B is.
While my friend rest his knee, I may just jump on the tube and go exploring. I love public transportation. Riding into SW London from Heathrow yesterday, I was struck by how non-confrontational the British are. I was a littly punchy from all the travelling, and staring blankly into space. At one stop, this big mean ferocious looking dude got on the tube and took a seat near me. He looked up, saw me staring at him, and immediately averted his eyes. I wasn't trying to stare the guy down, I was just in a fog, and didn't realize I was staring. In Chicago, that dude would have asked what my fucking problem was, and may even have kicked my ass. It's not like that here.
We went to a great Indian restaurant last night. Hanging out with the young urban profesionals of London, we discussed everything from British monetary policy, to the pre-Thatcher, post Churchill Prime Ministers. I also gave a dissertation on the finer points of bbqing pork shoulder. (A subject everyone seemed fascinated with, after several cocktails and ales.) So, no Paris, but all is not lost.

3 Comments:

Blogger ~Jen~ said...

Ahhhh....pub crawling. I am such an anglophile. *happy sigh*


Since Paris fell through, maybe you could take some day trips to visit around. Have you been to England before? My favorite places besides London are Bath, Windsor and York. If memory serves, Windsor is the closest to where you are now. Wonderful place. If you are in to British history, Henry VIII is buried there. I think Queen Victoria and Albert are there too. Fabulous cathedral.

My husband and I were married in Scotland. If you've never been, you should try to get there. Edinburgh is my favorite place in the whole world. Nicest people I ever met.

9:15 AM  
Blogger justrose said...

I second the vote for Edinburgh. Paris has nothing on it. Nor does London, for that matter . . .

11:25 AM  
Blogger ALa said...

TRAVEL:
I third the trip to Edinburgh ...I had a MUCH better time there than in Paris. The castle is awesome and it is a party town. There was a row of clubs called the "Living Room" and "The Kitchen" --if they are still there -go! (I was there in '96 so who knows...)
FOOD:
When you get Indian in London -make sure to get a Lassi (yogurt drink) they are wonderful. Also try 'Total' yogurt. It is Greek yogurt that you can't get here and you eat it with honey -divine!
FUN:
And if you like shopping -Oxford Street can't be missed! In Piccadilly Circus there was a Sony virtual arcade that was cool -virtual hang gliding...
HUMOR:
Oh well, have fun -I wish that you would have went the first week of November...maybe you could go back then and get to do Paris...hahaha

5:07 PM  

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