First of all, I want to thank the mysterious benefactor who has bought me a livejournal paid account. Your generosity is much appreciated, but who are you? If you'd rather remain anonymous, I understand, but my curiosity is killing me. ;)
Now to catch up on the past few weeks..
- Wednesday, Aug. 22nd -
Max and I met Paul, Rachael, and Jocke at the pub and ate dinner at L'Artista so we could all say goodbye to each other until the next time I go to London (late this winter, or early spring maybe). I became a little sniffly saying goodbye to them. It's not like I'll never see them again, but I've felt closer to them this time than I have in the past and well, I'll miss them.
- Friday, Aug. 24th -
Max was able to get the day off of work so we could spend two full days together. We took the tube to Fortnum & Mason and bought a small box of chocolates (saffron & ginger, lemon gin, violet, lavender, blackcurrant, etc... they're incredible), walked around Soho and stopped to read and talk in Green Park for a few hours.
That evening we ate dinner at Benihana, a teppanyaki restaurant.
The only thing that irked me was they never gave us any rice, which we ordered. Got rice, bitch? No. :(
We spent the rest of the evening wandering around and then at home together where we watched The Big Blue. I thought it was a great movie, but I think the European version is probably better than the American, which is supposed to have a "happy" ending.
- Saturday, Aug. 25th -
Max and I took a picnic to Regent's Park, then later in the evening we ate dinner at the Malaysian/Thai/Singaporean/Indonesian (Hawker's Delight) restaurant. It is special to us, so we thought it would be a good place to have our last dinner together. The owner couldn't believe I was leaving again and she promised to keep an eye on Max for me. ;)
I talked to Jocke on the phone while walking home. We were supposed to meet up with him, but I had tons of packing to finish up. I wish I could have seen him.
- Sunday, Aug. 26th -
Mad rush to the airport. Depressing as usual. The only thought that kept me from breaking down completely was that Max and his parents are coming to Port Townsend on Sept. 15th for two weeks, so at least we'll see each other then. After that we have no idea when we'll see each other again.
Depart London Heathrow: 9:55am
Arrive Amsterdam: 12:10pm (1 hour 15 minutes flight)
Depart Amsterdam: 2:45pm
Arrive Seattle: 3:50pm (9 hours 5 minutes flight)
Both flights went smoothly for the most part. They had a security scare in Amsterdam, so I had a nice Dutchie asking me questions about the hard drive, ram, and digital camera in my carry-on luggage.
I was traveling for about 24 hours in total. This past week has been spent mostly recovering from jet lag, unpacking, and settling back into the house and life here in Port Townsend. When going back and fourth between countries I always have a few days that I feel disconnected and displaced. Like a pendulum swinging from life to life, I have to adjust accordingly. I'm changing my room and getting rid of some of my belongings. They belong to the person who left Port Townsend 5 1/2 months ago, not the person I am now. It's always like this, but this trip in particular. For the first time ever I felt like I was leaving home when leaving London.
I had forgotten how incredibly beautiful Port Townsend is, though. It is a relief to be out of the pollution and rush of the city for awhile. I ate lunch at the Tyler Café with Gael, Dad, Alix and other friends a few days ago. The people here are so open and warm, it's such a contrast from the conservative and detached attitude of many Londoners.
This Saturday I'm going to a performance of Macbeth in Chetzemoka Park and on Sunday my parents and Alix are taking me out for dinner and drinks to celebrate my birthday. I am borrowing the digital camera from Max, so photographs should be forthcoming.
I'm curious, in particular that photograph on the bus, but also the meal photographs.. did you use the flash on your digital? I am always worried about using my digital flash in public places incase people get a little annoyed thinking I took a photo of them.
I never, ever use a flash. There's only been a couple times in the past that I've used it and they turned out okay, but I prefer to go without.
I'm shy about taking photos of people, I don't want to upset anyone, so I tend to be pretty discreet about it. But I've also missed out on some potentially great photos because of that fear.
Great pictures! As I've searched the net for pics of London to help with my project, I've been amazed at how lack luster most of them. I think yours have spoiled me :) They're so vibrant!
The long-distance relationship thing is so hard. I do hope this next year goes fast for the two of you. There is some sweetness in the pain of missing someone, though.
Thank you! :) I know what you mean about London photographs, I've searched for them in the past and they all tend to be very "travel brochure." If I come across any unique London photography, I'll send you the link. johnthecamera has taken some good photographs of modern London architecture, which may help you.
Also, if there's any of my past photos that you'd like to see again or in larger high-quality format, let me know and I'll send them to you. I can't have them up currently due to lack of webspace.
Yes, long-distance relationships are difficult. We've kept this one going for almost 3 years now and I think we've done well in keeping relatively sane. ;)
"There is some sweetness in the pain of missing someone, though."
That is very true. The moment we see each other again after a long absence is such an incredible feeling. I'll almost miss it when we're together for good. Almost. :)
Thanks for the link to johnthecamera, quite helpful.
I think I'll have to do more research before I even know what I need pictures of. Currently, I'm wondering where the "big business" district of London is...if there is such a thing.
I am awed by your relationship. Three years is amazing. Missing like that will be sweet in remembrance as well :)
Thanks again for all your help, you're quite generous yourself :)
Fleet Street and the surrounding area is what is known as the "Financial District." It is also where all the newspapers are printed and have been printed for centuries. It is one of the only areas of London that is completely dead on a weekend. Other than that Oxford St., Picadilly Circus, Carnaby St. and Soho are big business areas. Well, the whole centre of the city is really. Soho being the the most desirable because it's fashionable.
I don't like Fleet Street at all. It's cold, stark, imposing, and lifeless. Exactly what you'd expect from a Financial District. :)
all these names are bringing back memories of my dad taking us from island to island, harbor to harbor in our little motorboat... i just moved here from boston actually, but i lived here eight years ago as well... between and before that everywhere else... why i'm here now isn't an easy question to answer...
I used to live on a tiny island called Sinclair. We would take a little motorboat and go around the islands during the summer too. Sometimes pulling up on an empty beach for a picnic.
You've been all over the place. I've seen more of Europe now than I have America. The furthest east I've gone is Idaho, the furthest south is Oregon. ;)
Part of my aim was to show some parts of London that tourists may not see and I hoped that they would provide a bit of escapism. I know I love it when people post photos of their surroundings and just day to day life. I'm glad you've been enjoying them. :)