After unpacking, Dana and I went to the Starbucks around the corner and used their WiFi to access the kosher food list online and made a basic shopping list. Then we went to Tesco (food chain) and bought some crackers, cereal, and crisps (chips. I don’t plan on actually calling them crisps. Chippies. Please. Hey Yael(i)!) Because it’s New Year’s Day, all the large food store chains were closed, so we didn’t have very many options. Today was a hungry day.
But only temporarily! After our very amusing orientation to orientation at the St. Giles hotel, the whole group of us went to a restaurant called Smolenskys (sp?) near the hotel. Not kosher, needless to say. But we did arrange to have very expensive kosher meals delivered to us at the restaurant! Hard to review the meal objectively as my senses were clouded by extreme hunger, but it was satisfying. So was the dessert! Tried a passionfruit for the first time. I have a hard time believing that those grow in the UK. After dinner, a group of us wandered around the West End for a bit before heading back to our stop on the Bakerloo Line. Instead of going right home, we walked over to the Marble Arch (just a 15-20 minute walk from our flat). I did not see a flag on the Marble Arch.
Then we saw a carnival in the distance and found the sparkly lights alluring so we walked through Hyde Park towards the giant ferris wheel, but no matter how far we walked it didn’t get any closer and it was cold and I really dislike ferris wheels so we turned around, bought some soap and shampoo and went home. And here I am!
Finished tidying, Skyped with the parents (hello parents!), figured out some Shabbat plan logistics, spoke to a Brandeisian Anglofile Art Historian about where to get kosher sandwiches on sale (Josh, it kinded reminded me of that episode of 30 Rock when Liz asks about when they start giving away the doughnuts for free) and after I finish this post, I am going to be because I need to get an early start for what I imagine will be an informative and busy day!
So here are a few shots from the day…
For some reason these pictures got posted in reverse chronological order…I figure that out for next time. I took pictures of the flat but I’m way too tired to stay up to post them. Stay tuned!