Wednesday, January 20, 2010

random moments during the last day in london


location: london
time: 8:21am

i am at the star alliance lounge at heathrow at the moment. i don't mind hanging out in the lounge before my flight. it is nice to be able to have a cup of tea and some nibbles in substantially less chaotic surroundings. i prefer the lounge here than the one at SFO. while there are substantially less available outlets at this lounge, the food is a heck of a lot better and so are the general facilities.

before i launch into some work this morning, i just wanted to have a chance to share some random moments yesterday. after having slept in a bit, i made my way over to the Tate Britain....


and spent some time just wandering around the rooms. then i made my way over to green park to run a couple of errands ....



and then took a break in the green park caffe nero to have....what else?....a hot chocolate milano...

while trying to figure out my route for the rest of the day. i had pretty much decided that next up on the agenda was going to be grabbing some food in tooting and then heading to the british library.

the journey to tooting isn't exactly a fast one and i wanted to do it all before the commute really went underway.


i do like going to the non-touristy parts of london....to give me a chance to see what people of the city are like....and not just the posh bits. at first, i had planned to go to one of the dosa places or apollo banana leaf....but then i changed my mind at the last minute as i thought i should try something at random....just to see.

so i did.

they had some rather interesting things on display.







i think the tube is a mutton roll (i had something similar while at apollo banana leaf the last time i visited tooting) i was very intrigued by the fish....


i almost got that, but then decided that i wanted to try another version of a string hopper fry....


as well as this thing that this place called a "deviled"....in this case...it was the "deviled mutton"....

i did like both dishes quite a bit....but must admit that i prefer to the string hopper fry i had at apollo banana leaf. maybe i'll go back to apollo banana leaf the next time i am in london. i wish i had more time during this trip to myself. ideally, i would like to spend a few days just eating around tooting. after grabbing the bite, i hopped back on the tube to head toward the british library.


now THIS is a library. one of these days, i'd like to see this library during the day as well as figure out how to get a reader card so i could have access to the reading rooms. i noticed that for the first time during my entire time in london, i felt at peace while walking around the library. libraries seem to have that affect on me....or certain independent bookstores. there is something very comforting about being surrounded by mounds and mounds of knowledge that i find very soothing. in my dreams, i imagine a 3-level home....the first level would be primarily the kitchen and common area....no walls....just one large open space....where i could cook, take pics, and have loved ones over for long leisurely dinner parties and meals. then the second level would be the library....yup...that's it...just the library...again...open, with lots of natural light.... then the third level would be my bedroom. as i write this, i realize it speaks volumes about my rather anti-social behavior and how i view my life.

well, i'm going to see if i can make some progress on some work stuff i have to do including a presentation that i'll be flying to vegas for next week. you may not hear much from me for a few days as i try to get ready for this upcoming presentation. yet, rest assured, i'll be thinking of you all dear hearts....

xxooo,

me

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