One thing that really surprised me in London was hearing many languages being spoken. I had expected to hear a lot of the Queen’s English, but that was simply not the case! I enjoyed the diversity around me, and so did Ysabela. That being said, now back to our adventure….
While Rich dashed off to purchase tickets for Mamma Mia (for 38 pounds each), I took advantage of some shopping time after Bela and I sampled fish (haddock) and chips. Ketsup cost extra, so we did without it. It was much like the batter fried fish we get at Long John Silver. We went to the M&M store and grabbed some neat things along with the chocolate. Bela got chilled from the rain and wind later, so she unwrapped her blanket and used it like a rain coat. We bought two on sale for three pounds each when I paid for Bela’s huge bag of candy.
Bela was so tired by late afternoon, but she wasn’t alone; my feet ached, but we still had to keep moving on and off the metro. The poor kid actually fell asleep while Rich tracked down two of the girls who got misplaced. It took him about an hour to get back with them.
At least Bela’s shopping trip was successful. She was pleased to find a flag and a London iPhone case. I couldn’t find a case for my phone, so I was a bit disappointed. We made it to Hult for supper where we had pizza. It was pretty tasty after such a long day. Some of the older ladies and I were nearly worn down to a nub after so many hours spent walking around London. We made it to the hotel (finally) around seven. (Keep in mind that we flew out Sunday after lunch and it was now Monday night.) I was rooming with Laura, a Girl Scout leader. Laura had emailed me prior to the trip to introduce herself which was kind of her. I was thankful that Laura had a spare adapter so I could charge my phone! Bela was rooming with three girls from the Texas group. They had been discussing anime all day, so they had bonded a bit.
We hit the showers, then I perked up enough to go to the hotel bar for some American coffee. It only cost me a pound. I smoked a couple of cigarettes, then dropped off Bela’s medicines.
On my final smoke break of the night, I met a girl named Charlie Alex. Her boyfriend, George, was caring for his little sister—Marla, two years old, green eyes, red curly hair. Her picture was adorable. Charlie asked me questions about the United States, and I listened to her explain why she was unhappy with the decision to leave the European Union. She opined that it will limit economic opportunities for her generation. Chatting with Charlie was a nice ending to a very hectic day.