London Recap

Well Dick Whittington was wrong – the streets of London are NOT paved with gold. However, I can attest to the fact that the parks – Hyde Park, St James’s Park, and Kensington Gardens – are teeming with runners. Or maybe it’s like that time I was trying to get pregnant without success and it seemed that every single other woman on the streets of Singapore was sporting a baby bump. I couldn’t run but everyone else could, and did. Despite being benched, we had a fabulous time. London really is an easy city to navigate, whether by foot, bus or underground, and there is so much to see and do that you find yourself saying ‘Well, next time..’ a lot.

Me and Mo
Me and Mo

One Direction were strangely absent from Madame Tussauds much to D2’s disappointment. A Twitter search after our visit revealed that the wax versions of the boy band are currently in Amsterdam. I guess Madame Tussauds London are keeping this important fact quiet lest it deter Tweens from visiting. The Natural History Museum was a big hit. In fact, at the end of our second visit I had to send out a mayday call for D1 who had failed to show up at our designated meeting point and the museum was closing. ‘We have found the missing child’ a member of staff relayed back to the exit through his walkie-talkie. As D1 was escorted to the exit, she assumed a case of mistaken identity- she couldn’t possibly be a ‘missing child’ – and worried that she was being kidnapped by some strange family. A few years in KL can make a child paranoid about abduction. Once reunited with her sister and me, her only concern was if the Gift Shop was still open. No, she had not heard any of the multiple tannoy announcements about closing time. So, yes the Natural History Museum is engrossing, and it’s free to visit (donations are encouraged).

We were too late at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a tour as apparently it’s a working theatre and there are no tours whilst plays are showing. Lesson learned there. ‘Mamma Mia’ was a blast; despite having seen the movie several times, the live show was still entertaining and brimming with talent. The quick visit and lunch at the Victoria & Albert Museum, a dash past Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s, a lot of walking in parks (trying to ignore runners) and a rather long visit to Top Shop completed our little trip – until next time.

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Tomorrow we move to Australia. As you do. No big deal at all. I’ve a feeling that the parks in Perth are also teeming with runners; fingers crossed that in another few weeks I’ll be one of them.

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4 thoughts on “London Recap

  1. Evelyn lewis

    I’m really enjoying your posts as I am a runner at 54. I suffered a spur heel last year and could not run for six months. Besides the weight gain, every time I saw someone running I felt like crying. Running gives me a high like no other, so I share your sadness that you cannot engage in it now.

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    1. Gosh Evelyn, 6 months is a LONG time to be off! I’m worried about gaining weight too as I’m so used to eating and drinking as much as I like that I don’t feel like being disciplined now especially as I need an alternative comfort to running. I’ve been able to walk a lot which is better than nothing. Can’t wait to get back out there though, especially as I need to start meeting new people in a new place and had expected that running would be my medium for doing so!

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      1. evelyn lewis

        Six months seemed like forever, but once I started back I was able to pick up where I left off. Keep uppermost in mind that not running temporarily is better than worsening your condition and ultimately not being able to run again. Last year’s spur heel taught me that I cannot depend on my caloric burn from running to keep my weight off, I also need to watch my food intake more carefully.

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