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    • Day 6

      Dummy spit at Greenwich

      September 1, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      I heard a dog groomer once say the biggest difference between grooming a dog and grooming a cat is this: when a dog gets upset or angry, you can give them a break, a treat, and then their good mood will be restored and you can continue the groom. When a cat is done,

      It. Is. Done.

      and there is nothing in heaven or earth that will return a cat to its good mood: no treat, no break, no distraction, no patting.

      I definitely got into the feline spirit in Greenwich. I might have been sulky around Greenwich Park, but I was insufferable around the Cutty Sark and by the time we were at St Katharine's Docks, I was practically a wraith.

      Still, there's no doubting that Greenwich has been my favourite part of London so far, and I will infuriate my partner when I recount for decades to come what a good time I had, when in reality I had absolutely no energy left to do anything but watch the inside of my eyeballs as if they were a cinema screen.

      Because Greenwich is set up beautifully for tourists, but all the tourists had gone with Bank Holiday and the end of summer, the place felt restored to itself somehow. The Cutty Sark precinct of course felt like a theme park, but a theme park at closing time: nostalgic and depopulating.

      I have been whingeing about how Queen Victoria has absolutely colonised London with her architecture and her propaganda, but Greenwich felt curiously 18th century, something not built for the likes of her. Walking through the observatory's hallways and stairways - all milk white, toast brown - and seeing the iron and brass instruments was properly transporting. The place was quiet, even with a busload of Spanish school kids giddy at the prospect of a good gift shop, which is after all the apex of any tourist experience, as every child knows.

      Mum, Dad, and Stuart were all absolutely energised and reassuring, a pleasure to be around, while I was all vortex and debility. After the observatory - where the greatest observation might have been Dad spotting the editor of The Guardian Australia - I broke off from the group and went to the Kings Arms to draw some architecture in my sketchbook and drink an oversized Lemonade.

      After that, a patrol around the cobblestones to look at Greenwich Market - I nearly bought a wooden watch with a teal face but then I remembered that it was 2022 and I didn't use a watch anymore, besides which I had the gorgeous one that Stuart gave me in 2018 which would not appreciate the infidelity. I didn't really want a watch. I just wanted the dopamine that comes from buying 1 x crapthing please. Yes I would like my crapthing giftwrapped.

      I ordered an espresso in Waterstones Bookshop and a small chocolate bar which had oxidized to the point where it was no longer a food item but some brownish chemical quiddity. I just opened the chocolate bar wide and ate none of it, looking at it, feeling like it expressed my soul.

      A ride on the brilliant DLR and then lunch at St Katharine's Docks in The Dickens Inn (named not after Charles Dickens but his (great?) grandson Cecil ) and the best burger anyone could have imagined did nothing to restore me to myself. You might as well have stuffed a beef burger inside an anatomical skeleton model for all the pleasure it gave me. But I was abstractly aware it was actually incredible.

      Coffee and real edible chocolate at Mum and Dad's place was a very gentle affair. I could tell how much they had pushed themselves to get the very most of out this foreign rendezvous with me and Stu, and I was moved by it. Seeing them really was a once in a lifetime experience, and I know that because it has only happened once in my lifetime. Hugging them goodbye will be a core memory now.

      That evening at home was a blur. The bathtub in our AirBnB doesn't work because the water doesn't heat up. And apart from that, the bath surface is grimy from a week of standing on it in the shower and we don't have cleaning products. Are we supposed to go to Tesco Express and buy bleach, pine-o-clean, sponges, and rubber gloves? The Virgo in me thinks this is a thrilling travel idea, practically the Virgo equivalent of bungee jumping. Cleaning in a foreign city? Where does the line start!?

      A curious thing about the day was that I got to see the true size of London, first by ferry (the "Meteor" clipper) and then by DLR. The tube has a funny way of folding London up like a map ready to put in your satchel, but the ferry unfolds that map. Mum and Dad's place at Tower Bridge was much further away than I could have anticipated - a full half hour ride. I'm glad we didn't try to walk it. The DLR too showed us plenty of poverty and really sad social housing and buildings demolished by neglect - I needed to see this. London was starting to get out of sight, out of mind.

      I was disconsolate by bedtime knowing that we had paid for two tours in a row the next morning, each 1.5 hours. I just wanted to stop.

      The sleep train hit me like the Victoria line to Brixton: fast and impersonal.
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    • Day 5

      London Day 2 - Part 1

      May 1 in England ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Glad we came to London and seen some of the famous landmarks, but as we are both not city people, it was very draining on the brain, especially navigated around people at Buckingham Palace. We did, however, conquer public transport... I may have put us onto the other Greenich train (who knew there was two🤣) so we ended up in another station 50 minutes from hotel instead of 6 minute walk but we got on the double decker bus and was only 3 minutes from hotel, so win in my eyes 😁 The Thames river cruise was lovely and relaxing. Tomorrow brings us another public transport puzzle to get us to Southampton for our next adventureRead more

    • Day 4–7

      London Day 1

      April 30 in England ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Made it to London. Flight from Canada was delayed and then stuffed like sardines in a tin can for 9 hours. No sleep on plane 😪 3 trains and a wee walk (haven't received our U.K sim yet so no google maps) we made it to our accommodation for next two nights. Had a 2 hour nap as no sleep for 24hrs then went for a walk around Greenich. Ordered what I thought was bread and dips but was toast with butter and jam🤣Read more

    • Day 193

      Uber boats

      November 18, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Scout and I went to Greenwich markets after the museum and caught the ferry back to London Bridge ! Super exciting :)
      We stopped to take a photo and heard some girls singing in the apartment balcony sideways above us and so we started dancing from the street with them with our phone flashlights and they saw us and we all were dancing on seperate levels together for a min. Very funny - we laughed the whole way over to Borough markets which I have been to so many times now and we got some mulled cider mm mmm. Love me a good mulled anything. It’s her last day here before she goes to Munich tomorrow 🥺
      And here’s another museum photo from a mirror in the kids section :)
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    • Day 193

      Maritime museum

      November 18, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Absolutely loved the first few pics - a photography exhibition in the Maritime museum :)
      Spent a few hours here and then scout came and met me and we did Morse code with lights and sound to each other in the kids area. It was actually quite hard to interpret it when you were hearing or seeing it. And we tried on the Antarctic room ancient and modern glasses. You would not be wanting to come here with the old ones let me tell ya that.Read more

    • Day 14–15

      Abbey Wood

      December 26, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Hoje é para descansar e desfrutar do parking onde vamos ficar nos próximos dias - sítio bem catita, junto a uns bosques repletos de animais muito simpáticos que parecem não se importar connosco.

      Pouco depois de parquearmos, vimos logo muitos esquilos e popas… enquanto saboreamos um chá quentinho (em Inglaterra, what else?) vamos olhando lá para fora na esperança de ver raposas 🦊
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    • Day 9

      Tag 9: Twydall to Abbey Wood (London)

      June 24 in England ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Ich hatte heute wieder das schlimmste an Straßen befürchtet, aber zu meinem Glück war die Straßenqualität heute echt ganz gut. Leider fuhr man viel an den großen A-Roads entlang was viel Autoverkehr zur Folge hatte. Gab also wieder nicht viel zu sehen auf der Route.
      Jetzt angekommen in den Randgebieten von London bleibe ich mindestens zwei Nächte auf einem Campingplatz. Hier sind unglaublich viele Zelte und der Typ an der Rezeption kann sogar ein paar Worte deutsch wie er mit Stolz vorführt, weil hier so viele Deutsche hinkommen. Wir sind auch wirklich überall (außer Frankreich 😂)
      Dann werde ich gewarnt alles mit mir ins Zelt zu nehmen, weil hier Füchse die Schuhe klauen und Eichhörnchen das Essen. Und die machen teilweise sogar das Zelt kaputt. Also bleibt das Essen in den dicken Fahrradtaschen!

      Ich bin trotz den verhältnismäßig wenig Kilometer doch recht platt. Schließlich sind 25°C und Sonne mit ordentlich Luftfeuchtigkeit. Das merkt man erst richtig wenn man stehen bleibt mit dem Fahrrad. Aber ich beschwer mich heute nicht. Mache mir jetzt ein paar gemütliche Tage in London und überlege wie die Reise weitergeht.

      Bis dahin ✌️
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    • Day 10

      Tag 10: Ausruhtag in Abbey Wood

      June 25 in England ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Ich wusste nicht so richtig ob ich mir direkt London anschaue oder mal einen Tag komplett abschalte.
      Hab mich dann aber für zweiteres entschieden und die Zeit zum Wäsche waschen, lesen, kochen und einen Spaziergang durch die nicht so schöne Gegend genutzt.
      Um 19 Uhr Ortszeit habe ich mich dann mit jemandem getroffen, den ich seit ein paar Jahren übers Internet kenne und der in London arbeitet. Das war nochmal ein netter Abschluss des Tages.
      Morgen geht's dann wohl nach London rein.
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    • Day 2

      Die Star Wars Celebration 2023 ❤️

      April 9, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Das war wirklich ein Erlebnis! Ich glaube, dass es schon lange her ist, dass mich ein Event so begeistert und so innerlich tief glücklich gemacht wie die Celebration. Nicht nur wegen der Tatsache das es hier um Star Wars geht, sondern wegen den Menschen die ich hier getroffen habe und die mir wieder gezeigt haben, dass es um den Spaß an der Sache geht und um das Miteinander. Egal ob es ein Treffen mit Anderen im gleichen Kostüm ging, oder um Fotos mit dem nächsten coolen Clone Trooper (hier ein wirklich großes Danke an Sylvia, die heute meine Fotografin war 😘❤️), oder um einfach ein paar Minuten über dies und das zu quatschen, es hat Spaß gemacht und ein Gefühl von „hier gehöre ich hin“ mit sich gebracht! Eins ist klar, die nächste Celebration kann kommen! Möge die Macht mit uns sein! ☺️😄

      PS: Die Bilderflut sei mir verziehen 😅😅
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    • Day 10

      Greenwich

      February 12 in England ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

      First time I've been here, and it was actually neater than I expected. Pics include the Royal Naval College, Queen's House, the Cutty Sark, the Observatory, and a pic with the Prime Meridian. Also had full sun for the first time 😂Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Greenwich, GRE, غرينيتش, גריניץ', グリニッジ, Grenovicum, Burgul londonez Greenwich, Гринвич

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