There is this bird in a cage across the street from our house that shrieks at us every time we leave the house:
"GO BACK!!!" "GO BACK!!!!!!"
I try to dismiss the threats as meaningless but lets be honest here, if a bird was shrieking at you to go back into your home and your home just happened to be in the middle of Saudi Arabia, you might evaluate your life choices too. Getting into your car shouldn't be a huge decision, but when a bird with a mild case of bipolarity insists that it's not safe to leave your home, you do think twice. Oh, and the golf cart. Most people get into cars to go places. We get into a golf cart. If the omniscient bird does, per chance, happen to be correct and the world will end, I will feel significantly less secure in a golf cart than a car. Severe lack of seat belts, ya know. (Andrew's Note: Um, and doors AND windows.)
Last week I started noticing the everyone walking around camp was carrying sticks. And not just the adults, kids had baseball bats, too. My first though was, "What do they know that I don't?" And my second was, "My Harry Potter wand is in my shipment, dang it!" Who are we kidding, the wand was my first thought, I don't know why I bother trying to hide my inner nerd anymore. We even had complaints that the last post wasn't nerdy enough - I never realized I had a nerd standard to uphold in this blog. (It's just the natural progression of things.) Anyway, where am I going with this? Oh! Yes. So everyone is acting a bit strange and that is when I realize the bird was right! "Go back!, Go back!!" it said. Why, you ask? Because of the wild, rabid dogs on camp.
|Okay, so I couldn't get a picture of the dogs, but I can promise you they AREN'T this cute.|
Hide ya kids, hide ya wife, and hide ya husbands cuz they chasin errrbody out here.
Wife, this is a very link-y blog post.)
At this point in the reading process, you might have glanced at the title and sighed, "I thought I was going to hear about London!" And normally this is where I would find some clever way to connect a bi-polar bird, rabid dogs, and London together. But not this week. I'm not feeling it, and I really don't think there is a way to connect the three. Unless, the rabid dog is Sirius Black, the bird is a patronus of Dumbeldore and they all live in London!!!! Dang, I'm amazing. (Well done.)
Geez, even Won Ton is rolling his eyes now. Focus Allison, focus.
The Islamic holiday "Eid" is coming up, it's a big deal, kind of like our Christmas. We have a 9 day vacation. And in a last ditch attempt to stick-it-to-the-bird/patronus-thing, we are spending a few days in the U.K. Why the U.K. and not something more exotic like Thailand, or Tunisia or Morocco like everyone else we know is doing? Well.... London, as my dear friend Christina put it, is our "re-charge city." And we can't think of a better way to recharge than basking in the cold weather (COLD WEATHER!!!) of a city that has more pubs than Saudi does gross, bony cats. In planning how we wanted to spend our time, we decided that we wanted to explore the markets, eat and have a pint at the best pubs, hear music in our top two favorite cathedrals, and attend two concerts. Oh and gain weight from eating ourselves silly. (Yes.) Our eating schedule is listed below. And yes, all those links work. They will make you salivate. I promise. Click on them. : )
Lodge: EasyHotel, Paddington.
Pub- The White Horse or "Sloany Poney"
Bkfst: "The Fortnum and Mason Fountain"
Lunch & activity: The Borough Market (gourmet food market outdoors)
Train to Brighton to see "The Tallis Scholars" in concert!
Lunch & activity: Portobello Road Market
Train to York
Lodge: Lamb & Lion Inn/Pub (stayed here last summer!)
Dinner: The Mason Arms (one of the best Yorkshire Puddings in the York region!)
Bkfst: Lamb & Lion
Church: York Minster (10 AM Sung Eucharist Service!)
Afternoon: Explore the shambles, have tea at a tea shop?
Dinner: Pub in York
Bkfst: Lamb & Lion
Activity: Explore York
Train to Durham
Lodge: The Victoria (Inn)
Activity: Tour Durham Castle
Bkfst: Victoria Inn
Activity: Tour Durham Cathedral
Train to London
Concert: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra!
Lodge: Fox and Anchor Pub!!!
Bkfst: Fox and Anchor
Activity: Explore London, Spitalfield Market?
Lunch: Newman Arms Pub (best English pies in London!)
Activity: Explore Camden Market
5:00 Evensong at Westminster?
Dinner: Fox and Anchor
(I'm super excited about The Tallis Scholars concert...they're one of my all time favorite early choral music groups and they didn't come to the York Early Music Festival that we went to last year. If you've never heard them, do yourself a favor.)
If you've not caught the theme of the week, it's this: Eat as much food in as many pubs and markets as possible. I will be disappointed if we don't arrive back in Saudi with a few pounds gained.
|You should ALWAYS follow your chalkboard's advice.|