Big cities are the bomb! We were just in London last summer for a month – what could be new this time? And of course, being a big city, there was, and always will be, new things to discover. It did rain every day of our visit, which meant we couldn’t wander around aimlessly as much as we would have liked. But London is wonderful. We visited Borough Market again, went to an organ recital, spent a day (as usual) in the British Museum, and had a few hours free of rain when we walked on the Queen’s Walk along the Thames, passing the National Theater, a skateboard park, the London Eye, the “Clink” (London Dungeon), and a million ice cream and sweets kiosks (we liked one called Dinky Donuts).
It is always meaningful to once again see people whom we met on previous trips. When we went to breakfast at our hotel, the same two chefs were there, making omelettes, eggs, waffles, and pancakes – Shanti and Daniel. We are two people out of the thousands they serve annually, but when we went up to Shanti and said hello, she immediately knew who we were, broke into a wide smile, and reached out to hug us. The next day, she brought us gifts from Goa, India – her home city…wonderful nuts and a local confectionary. So sweet and loving. Traveling is always, always, about people – they make up the wonderful cities and memories. Our fun stories, and sweet stories, are always about people – doing something silly, crazy, heartwarming, or outlandish. And this visit to London was no different. In a sense, visiting museums is getting a sense of the people from another age and delighting in their accomplishments and contributions to history. So even if we don’t see or do much, or stay very long somewhere, every different location gives us opportunities to interact – and be greatly touched – by locals.
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