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So, i come to London for two whole days and what happens? The whole country goes to black! Who is this crazy woman and who are these people that want to vote for someone who wants to start teaching creationism in school (or better – intelligent design!), overturn roe vs wade and goes on and on about Obama’s credentials? Wow. It’s a crazy world, but this isn’t a political blog so I’ll leave it at that.

London’s chill has been a nice change from the NY heat. It is cool and rainy today – good weather to sit in a pub and cuddle up to a nice dark stout, which I think I’ll do after dinner.

I’ve learned a few things on this trip:

1. Taking the morning flight to London is much better for jet lag than the overnight. You leave at 8:20am and arrive at 8pm. I was even able to get a free upgrade to BA’s premium economy (just by asking – think they were oversold in regular) which is a nice compormise for biz travelers who can’t afford biz class. You get 7″ inches extra leg space, a little footrest and two less people per row.

2. Drink bottle of wine to guarantee a good night of sleep (this only works on the FIRST night).

3. Londoners are very clean and polite. I knew this before. I come here every few months, but this time I noticed things that I didn’t before – since i’ve been living in NY. Now, NYers get a bad rap because they are generally a friendly people, but they aren’t clean. London has to be the cleanest big city. I kept looking at the tube seats and thinking “Wow. They have cushions on the seats.” That would last about 2 days in NY. People would trash them. The other big plus is no rats.

4. If you lived in London, you’d wear pinstripes. ’nuff said.

5. And this will come as words of hate to NYers, but pizza is SO much better here. NY pizza, for all its claim to fame, is hugely mediocre. By and large it is blah. There is so much pizza here and it tends to be thin and crispy with great ingredients…and cheap, for London anyway.

Whitebait - A sign of things to come for our sea bass...

Whitebait - A sign of things to come for our sea bass...

We had a nice dinner last night in which we shared a whole roasted sea bass, sealed in a giant salt cave and roasted for 20 minutes or so. You might have seen this on Iron Chef or something before, but I had never tried it. The fish basically steams inside and all the goodness is captured. It was very good.

Our filleter going to work

Our filleter going to work

Poor little guy. Didnt make it out alive...

Poor little guy. Didn't make it out alive...

This morning, i even got a 4 mile run in at Hyde Park. Hyde Park is huge and you can pretty much just go anywhere, gawking at fountains, statues and still continuing, tributes to Dianna. Poor Brits. She died over 10 years ago. Time to get over it.


2 Responses

  1. Are those tiny fish good b/c they look kinda gross… Are they like sardines? crunchy? salty?

  2. Yes. It was good. First couple bites are a bit fishy but then they become sorta addicting

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