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Sunday Salon: December 18, 2022

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz hosts The Sunday Salon. 

I flew to London on Tuesday to begin my Christmas "holiday". I took off 2 days this week so that I would have some time to adjust to the time difference and I am glad I did.
  • Wednesday--arrived in London to a rail strike, but thankfully the Express into London was still running. Don't get me wrong, I totally support the strikers, but I am glad I was able to get to the city without walking. 🤣 We settled into the flat, had lunch in Borough Market, grocery shopped, got dinner, then watched the Morocco/France World Cup semi final in the flat. Very sad result. We agree that we'll watch the Final in a public space and will be cheering on Argentina.

  • Thursday--I started the day with a walk along the Thames River then we had lunch at a delicious hole-in-the-wall falafel/shawarma place that was well worth the half hour bus ride. Two days, two falafel meals: heaven. We spent the afternoon at the Victoria and Albert Museum at the "Africa Fashion" exhibit, which was beautiful and informative, and froze wandering around Leicester Square and China Town. The most fun part of the day was that my brother was up in the city for a meeting so we got to have dinner with him at a tiny crazy busy/loud basement Italian restaurant.

  • Friday--lunch at a delicious Palestinian falafel place (seeing a pattern? LOTS of falafel, but all slightly different) and ate it in a local park, which had a Japanese garden (supposedly the first in Britain), I had work meetings mid-day and for dinner we ate at a yummy Indian restaurant followed by a wander through Covent Garden to see the decorations. Back to the flat to start a new Korean drama "My Shooting Star."
  • **A note about where we are eating... My daughter did extensive research before we left to find the best falafel/shawarma, Indian, Ethiopian, Zanzibari food and they are all small hole-in-the-wall places far away from the center of the city. Not a surprise; they are out in the neighborhoods and away from gentrification. She has made excellent choices though it means lots of travel.
  • We also rode the Elizabeth Line for the first time; it's the newest Tube line in London. They had to dig way down to make this one fit!

  • Saturday--Lunch at the Spitelfields market out in Shoreditch. We have decided to watch Premier League football (soccer) and have taken on a team each. I chose Tottenham Hotspurs and today we went on a tour of their stadium, which was really impressive and fun to see it all. Those huge white things on the field? Sun lamps so that the grass grows evenly! And our dinner. Wow. It felt like we traveled forever, but we at at an Afghan restaurant, which I have never done before. The dinner was soooooo delicious. And there was a party going on so it felt very local and festive.
  • Sunday--Today it's bucketing rain and we're staying in to watch the World Cup final.

This isn't bookish, but here is a youtube link to my favorite Christmas Carols (Carols from King's: Choir of King's College, Cambridge)

Here is is the current state of my 2022 challenges. The image is a link to my challenges page.

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