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Announcement & Questions & Guilt
Who is going to be in town this weekend? There are two things I'm trying to plan. Tomorrow night, Will and Brooke want to do something tonight (Friday night) hang out and eat brie, apples and nuts or some such foraged items and wine, which isn't foraged at all, except from the liquor store. I'm not sure how much time Jimmy will be able to spend with us, but I know that he'll be around for some of it.

Second, Julie and Amber will be coming into town and spending the night Saturday night. I hope to go to the Clay Canvas during the day on Saturday and then do whatever may be fun and interesting for Amber and then adults after she goes to sleep.

And just in case anyone missed it (that whole missing-passport-then-finding-it-right-where-I'd-left-it business), I'm going to Wales, Scotland and London with my mother next week, to visit my sister. Leaving this Wednesday then coming back on Easter Sunday a week and a half later. Anyone who has been to Wales (staying in Swansea), Scotland (staying in Edinburgh) and London (staying, well, in London), please drop some recommendations on places to visit? There's still plenty of wiggle room in the schedule we've made for ourselves.

I'm plagued with a gripping guilt that I don't deserve to go on this trip. I worry that I didn't deserve to go on any of the other trips I've taken abroad (China, Japan) that were virtually paid for by the Croft Institute. There are so many people who work hard all their lives and never get to visit other countries, or even other places in their own country. There are many hard workers, dedicated workers, (I'm thinking a lot of Jimmy when I talk about this) who deserve this trip more than I do. I'm afraid I'm squandering everything I have or have been given or have earned in this past but no longer deserve.

mood: shrimp fried rice
music: David Bowie - "Real Cool World"

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tanyad From: tanyad Date: March 11th, 2005 11:13 am (UTC) (link)


GInger, you deserve to go! Don't think that about yourself..I'm sure if there were others who were more deserving, the Institute would have sent them.

Go, enjoy yourself and have fun. Enjoy your youth my dear, and hell don't worry about other people. If someone really has the traveling bug, they'll make it happen. Enjoy this for yourself as a wonderful opportunity!

I hope you have safe travels, enjoy yourself and have loads of adventure!

Tanoshii ni!
princessmargo From: princessmargo Date: March 11th, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC) (link)
you're not squandering! no guilt! enjoy your trip, honey; you DO deserve it!!! :>

--go to the wallace collection on duke street. they have a weird mixture of art stuff (b/c it was a guy's house and all his stuff.) they have tons of 18th century french paintings (fragonard, boucher, greuze), some dutch (watteau), and loads of 19th century english (turner, gainsborough) and TONS of snuff-boxes and weaponry. it's cool and very much off the beaten path for the casual visitor.
Check it out
--go to liberty of london in regent street. it's an old department store (sort of like harrod's) but it's different. not as commercial (though still somewhat commercial since it's a HUGE department store.) they're known for their old, old, old prints, which they're bringing back.
Liberty of London

i got a million of 'em! those are just my two faves that get overlooked. if you go, i hope you adore them too. if you don't go, well there will be other trips for you!!!! you wonderful, DESERVING traveler, you!!!!! :>

stephaneyney From: stephaneyney Date: March 11th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC) (link)
I will be in town, but I am going "abroad" to Jackson, MS to see my Mom and Dad and the new beagle Sammy...who I named and who will live with me (poor Kirk) this summer!!
birdofparadox From: birdofparadox Date: March 11th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC) (link)
I know it's a given, but I spent HOURS drooling at the Tate. AND they let you take non-flash pictures.
alcamar From: alcamar Date: March 11th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC) (link)
I'll be in town this weekend, and definately making time to hang out. I've been in too much of a "cuddle up and stay away" mode for too long now.
frolicswllamas From: frolicswllamas Date: March 11th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC) (link)
I shall tell you of Edinburgh! Ohhhhh, I shall! i'll bring pictures tonight, too! I will!
huneebee1 From: huneebee1 Date: March 11th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC) (link)

you lucky duck!

Don't visit the London Dongeon tour... waste of time.
Visit the Princess Diana Walk, it's near Buckingham Palace, it's a beautiful park.
The London Eye is expensive but worth the time and money. Go on a clear day and it's a lovely view.
There is a cript under St. Pauls Cathererial(which is amazing and free) and you can eat lunch down there.
Check out the day tours of ... some of them are great deals. A day trip to Stone Hinge is great.
There is a theatere, I think it is called the Shakespeare's Theatre. It has a genuine thathed roof and they do plays there. It's really cool. Right down from the London Eye.

Check out the magazine racks there. All the magazines have free stuff in them! It's great. And they're cheep. I got makeup and a scarf and all kinds of stuff.
Food: Try Bubble and Squeek and also try you a Scotch Egg!!
jopasm From: jopasm Date: March 11th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC) (link)
I veto your guilt. :P

London is an amazing city. I feel in love with it when I went many years ago. I didn't get to spend much time there (a couple of days) but I *will* go back someday! Maybe even in May. Woohoo!

Anyway, go by Mdm. Tussards (the wax museum). It's touristy but a London staple. Piccadilly Circus was great - it's a shopping district/center. There's a little used/discount bookstore just off the Circus (can't remember any more detail than that though) that was awesome. Admittedly, that was 11 years ago so they may have closed or moved.

The Tower of London was actually fun as well - the Beefeaters are suitably bitter at being tourist attractions to provide for an amusing tour.

Avoid the little diner things. The food was *awful*. Ethnic foods are a good bet - Greek, Indian, etc. Pubs can be good too.

There are no shortage of museums to see, but any travel guide will give you details on those.

Have a good trip! I may try to swing by tonight.
birdofparadox From: birdofparadox Date: March 11th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC) (link)
I agree with the ethnic food thing. It took some convincing at a few restaurants that no, really, I wanted it as hot as they'd eat it, but mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm results.
huneebee1 From: huneebee1 Date: March 12th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC) (link)
I agree... try an Indian resturant. They're as popular over there as mexican is here.
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