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Practically Perfect in Everyway

So we did not make it to the Globe. Instead of traveling really far to maybe get tickets at a show where we would have to stand for 2 or more hours, we opted to get tickets to Mary Poppins.

I love the movie Mary Poppins, so to see it in London was fantastic. Our seats were discounted and we were only about 6 rows from the stage. It was wonderful. A very enjoyable show with much enthusiasm. It was fun to be a kid at heart again for a few hours.

Now we are at a manor home called Bosworth Hall. It is huge and the grounds are extensive. Its out of a movie or something and it seems as if I am at Netherfield.

The weather has improved drastically so most have been able to wear shorts, t-shirts, and sandals.

Yesterday we spent the afternoon in Oxford and had a chance to eat at Eagle & Child Pub, meeting place of the Inklings. This was something I was greatly looking forward too.

Today was Sunday morning services at the local Parish Church and tomorrow is on to Cambridge.


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pardon me, do you have the time?

we are in our last day in London. some of the things we will attempt to do today:
visit the royal stables, perhaps Buckingham palce, try and find abbey road, maybe tea in the afternoon and a catch a show at the globe.

other than that, i bought a watch because both my roomie and i were watchless. we hunted some down yesterday. by this morning, mine was having issues so i went back and exchanged it. now it is working fine.

the Dover castle yesterday was fantastic as was Canterbury cathedral. can’t wait to post my incredible pictures.

the next few days are traveling and visiting other cities. it may be a while before another post. later!

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"Mind the Gap"

Hello! We made it here quite uneventfully. I am already loosing track of what day it is, but I think it must be day 3. (Day 1 & 2 blend together with only a short nap on the plane to divide them)

Yesterday we went to Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The music was amazing! And if any NABC/Taylor people happen to read this, the guest choir got to sing one selected song that was not typically part of the program. The guy starts out saying “this is an arraignment by John Rutter and it is taken from numbers.” So in St. Paul’s I got to hear “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” with the acoustics it was incredible.

I won’t go into details of the trip until I am able to break it down with pictures, but we are having a great time so far. The tag is the phrase we have picked up which is used on the Tube (London subway) reminding people to watch their step and the gap between the train and the landing when exiting the train.

I look forward to sharing more and posting some of my already incredible pictures when I get home.

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Pirates, race cars, and the UK

For the movie last night, I bought tickets the day before. Turns out they sold me tickets for a show on Thursday not Friday. (who knew you could see pirates on Thursday!?!?!). I had to go return 2 tickets because some friends could not make it. In the process of returning them, we discovered the wrong date. The guy at the counter said it was no big deal, he just told us to go to a different screen, 5 not 16. Problem was, one person was already headed to 16 to save seats. Another was parking the car, and the last person was meeting us at the theater.

I turned to the line of people getting into the theater, there was my friend who just parked the car. I explained. “the tickets are wrong, go to 5 instead, can you save seats” then I bolted to 16. As I speed walked there, I got on the phone and left a message for the friend meeting us at the theater. Got to 16 went in (it was showing pirates, but it started earlier and we would have had terrible seats). Took a few moments, looked around and saw the friend who went to 16 to save seats. He was way down in front so I walked across the theater, saw that our other friend was sitting there too (the one I had just left a phone message for) Got to them and said “come with me” So the three of us quickly walked out of 16. As we got out to the lobby I explained the situation and we headed to 5, found our other friend saving seats. We got great seats, had time to sit a few moments and catch our breath before previews started. It turned out to not be a big deal, but I am glad I had to return the tickets or we would not have known. That and the timing – it almost felt as if it were choreographed. I was definitely in “lion” mode, that is I seriously got like tunnel vision and was practically hearing the mission impossible theme music in my head as I quickly maneuvered around all the other people.

Other than that, I just wanted to say that I hope Danica Patrick has a good race tomorrow. She will be in car #7, middle of row 3. Not sure if I can catch much/any of the race since I am heading out of town, but I hope she does well.

Finally, as most of you know, I am heading to the UK tomorrow afternoon. While I am there, if I have a chance to use the internet, I will try and post something on my blog, but I have no idea if that will happen. I will not be able to post any pictures until I get back, so I look forward to doing that and sharing stories of my adventure with you. Have a great couple of weeks and see ya middle of June!

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The one week count down

One week from now, I will be on a British Airways Plane. (or at least sitting in the airport waiting to board one). I assume I have a lot to do before I get to that point, I just haven’t figured out yet what all needs to be done this week to be ready to go.

I have a blow-up travel pillow. Plenty of memory space for my digital camera. A new battery for my ipod. (although I probably need to get some type of adapter so I can recharge it for the trip home. Right? I need an adapter for over there? Not sure.) Head phones that work so I can listen to music on the plane and on the bus rides. A couple of books I would like to read in specific places. A note book to write in.

I have not yet decided one bag or two. I got a new luggage bag that is a little smaller than my huge one and it is much lighter. (the old one had a developed a big hole by one part of the zipper. Not reliable). I may take a small bag too so that If I buy a bunch of things, I have a way of getting them home…not sure yet what I will do. I am hoping to do laundry at least one time while over there so I dont have to actually pack for 17 days.

Any suggestions from all of you world travelers? What am I forgetting? Any travel tips that would be helpful to know? I have traveled a bit, but never overseas and never for a 17 day trip where we will not be staying in one place longer than 4 days. So anything that you would like to share, click on the “comment” link and post away!

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