Kate and Bron's Diary for 2002-07-14

Stayed the night in London

prev - next

From: "Kate McMullin" <kate@brong.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 20:13:58 +1000 (EST)
Sunday morning had us up early (it's light from about 4am, so it's not
hard to get up), and off to the Spitalfields Market. We knew that
someone we met on the plane would be there, so we went to see her. Met
some of her friends too; nice bunch, if a bit crazy! The markets had
lots of nice stuff, but we didn't get anything, as we'd have to carry it
for the next
4.5 months.

After that Market, we walked up to the Columbia St Flower Market - very
busy and hectic - then down through Brick Lane Market to the Tower
Bridge and Tower of London. We didn't actually go in (hopefully
tomorrow), as we were there after 4pm, and it was going to cost £11.50
to enter - we'll go earlier to make the most of the time there.

Then we walked up through Petticoat Lane market (closing up by then) to
Liverpool St station, to catch the train back out to Romford where we're
staying. We intended to go to Sainsbury's (= Safeway or Coles) on the
way home, but it was already closed. It only opens from 10am to 4pm on
Sundays. We're very spoilt by the opening hours in Aus. So we had dinner
at a pub on the way home, along with a taste of a local beer. It was a
very nice beer, and it was cool (not warm) as it was on tap. They also
had Fosters on tap, but we certainly avoided that.

For all the scoffing Aussies do about the English weather, it's quite
warm here. We even managed to get sunburnt yesterday (oops). So there is
sun in Britain, and it can be just as vicious. It's also quite odd that
it's sunny from 4am to 10pm or so - it feels so much later than it is
when it's bright and sunny when you wake at 5am.

From: brong@zebkrahn.brong.net (Bron Gondwana)
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 19:07:33 +1000
Back issues of diary here we come...

We knew Juliet would be at the Spitalfield markets - but that was
the only contact information we had. At least we knew the coffee
house to look in.

I got up early and walked to Sainsburys, only to discover that the
opening hours on Sunday are 10am to 4pm. Doh!

We caught the train in, wandered the markets for a bit, and found
Juliet. It turned out that she had actually gone back to the baggage
area to wait for us, but we thought we'd seen her leave already. Doh! At
least she met someone interesting in the taxi on the way back, and we
met Amy and found a good place to stay.

A friend of Juliet's, Jane, showed us to the flower markets - lots of
people selling flowers! It was very hot and sunny, so we spent a while
in parks. Kate has covered most of the rest of the details...

Oh yes, Ingvar. We finally met our host when we got home - he had been
away for the weekend, so we had only had our fellow Aussie (David)
wandering floor sleeper to let us in. Ingvar has the typical sysadmin
beard, a lot of very good whiskey, almost every gaming console known to
man, and a set of fencing swords. Well, there's probably more to him
than that, but it's a start.

Calendar Diary Places Photos Home [last update Tue Apr 22 01:15:00 2003]