Date: Thu, 16 Jan
1997 21:31:03 -0500
Natalie Maynor wrote:
They were everywhere, all over the British Museum, Hyde Park...even the B&B where I stayed. I had an EOM the very first morning when a traditional English breakfast (read everything but the cereal -very- fried) was served by an army of Rumanian women. I learned to ask for "just toast please" the following days.
London turned out to be a perfect preparatory stop en route to Bangalore. Apart from the obvious talking funny, driving on the wrong side of the street, funny money etc. there was the "white tea" (pewk!), luke-warm water (only two-three ice cubes instead of piling the glass half-full like they do here), both cricket teams getting their butts kicked and being ridiculed in the 'papers... Harrods was packed, mobbed, two Saturdays before Christmas - I had difficulty picturing the day- after-New-Year crowds.
London appeared to be in high spirits, festive atmosphere in the air. People spending tons of money. (Did it seem different this year, Roy?) I played tourist and took in many of the sights, went to the theater a buncha times, hung out with a friend, visited Cambridge, York, spent more money than I should've...
ps to Marie: I was the recipient of a "smile love".