The last two days of our summer vacation were given over to a shop-til-we-drop London scavenger hunt. The list of required items was long and varied. We split it in half and raced separately around the city in search of (among other things) hedge clippers, mortar and pestle, watch batteries, photo lens filters, lemons, Crest toothpaste, battery-powered emergency lights, arugula seeds, a shower curtain, single-malt whisky, a bike tire valve adapter, dried tarragon, a guidebook to Madagascar, cream cheese, work shoes, a 2014 pocket calendar, and a duffel bag (to put all the stuff in).
Missions accomplished, we met up at the Globe Theatre. The Globe is a faithful recreation of Shakespeare’s theater on its original site south of the Thames. We saw a new play called Gabriel, about the life of the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell. The playwright Samuel Adamson wrote the show for the trumpeter Alison Balsom, who performs in it. It was a grand evening.
But now we must go back to Africa. School starts in a week. Boy, am I ever going to miss the fish.