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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.

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On September 1st, 2001 01:17 am (UTC), savonarola commented:
very very nice
pics - especially
the walking home
at night and other
evening photos.

oh yeah
welcome home!
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On September 1st, 2001 09:20 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks, mr. savonarola.

Still trying to adjust to this side of the atlantic.. my body and my mind don't want to believe it, which complicates matters. :)

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On September 1st, 2001 05:31 am (UTC), pry commented:
What is it with you guys and bomb scares at airports? *smiles*

I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you again this trip, I will deffinatly make a trip down when you return to the UK.
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On September 1st, 2001 05:42 am (UTC), pry replied:
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.
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On September 1st, 2001 09:26 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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.
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On September 1st, 2001 09:23 am (UTC), nomi replied:
We're bomb magnets, apparently. Considering the 2 in Hendon as well. Hmmmm..... maybe we're the terrorists. ;)

Yeah, next time..

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On September 1st, 2001 06:08 am (UTC), whorlpool commented:
Thanks for documenting your trip for us all. It's been wonderful seeing all the photos and reading about your experiences there. Have a safe trip.
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On September 1st, 2001 09:28 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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Thanks, I'm happy you enjoyed it. I sometimes worry that people are getting tired of the photos. :)
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On September 1st, 2001 08:18 am (UTC), atlaz commented:
I'd forgotten all about those photos... :)
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On September 1st, 2001 09:29 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I had forgotton about many of them too until I started going through them.
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On September 1st, 2001 03:38 pm (UTC), scarfboy commented:
methinks you have a good eye for a good picture.
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On September 2nd, 2001 01:51 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you, scarfy. :)
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On September 2nd, 2001 02:43 pm (UTC), scarfboy replied:
welcome, ... erm...

damn you! get an easy nickname already:)
(or just make sure i remember it, that'll work too)
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On September 1st, 2001 04:28 pm (UTC), gracejustis commented:
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.
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On September 2nd, 2001 02:04 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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. :)
On September 2nd, 2001 09:08 pm (UTC), gracejustis replied:
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 :)
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On September 2nd, 2001 11:15 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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. :)
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On September 1st, 2001 06:14 pm (UTC), ex_bjorn905 commented:
those shrimp appetizers look GOOD
and all yr talk of port townsend is making miss the area... i grew up largely on bainbridge and whidbey islands... i like how big and clear all yr photos are... i like how blindingly bright the hawker's delight sign looks...
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On September 2nd, 2001 02:13 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: those shrimp appetizers look GOOD
thank you. :)

I grew up mostly in the San Juan Islands and Anacortes.. I have lived in PT off and on for the past few years and I felt instantly at home here.

What made you move down to cali, if you don't mind my asking?
On September 2nd, 2001 02:23 pm (UTC), ex_bjorn905 replied:
Re: those shrimp appetizers look GOOD
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...
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On September 4th, 2001 10:03 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: those shrimp appetizers look GOOD
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. ;)
On September 6th, 2001 02:32 am (UTC), ex_bjorn905 replied:
strange... that seems like it would be kind of nice tho...
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On September 1st, 2001 08:57 pm (UTC), ex_scruffy286 commented:
I just wanted to say how much I always love your posts. Telling such a story, I feel so in touch with your journey. Vividly filling my mind with vision and thoughts. Feeding the dreams of tomorrow...
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On September 2nd, 2001 02:16 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
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. :)
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