Tag Archives: London

Planes, trains, and automobiles

Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland to Alhambra, California, USA in one go. Not the most exciting post, but taking pictures gave me something to do for 50 hours. Sunday, 7 am. Stornaway. 7:10 am. Nice taxi driver offers us a lift to … Continue reading

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The last bird of summer

In the spring when I accepted my new job in Cairo, I had a special request for the director. Would I be able to take a couple of days off in September to take my daughter to university? My new boss, himself … Continue reading

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Camden town

Our flat in Camden is a big funky old place with Victorian furniture. The owner is an artist, and it’s got charm and character. I do kind of wish it also had internet, but the lack gives me a reason to check … Continue reading

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A Sunny Afternoon

Our east-to-west cross-Britain expedition complete, Alekka and I drove back from Penzance through Exeter to London. On Tuesday I returned the somewhat worse for wear rental car. Alekka and I moved into an Airbnb in Camden for a few days while we wait … Continue reading

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So long and thanks for all the fish

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 … Continue reading

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The OAP and me

With Alekka back in the states for the summer, this will be the longest time Andreas and I have ever been our own together without any of our children. We each already had kids when we met 29 years ago, … Continue reading

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Alexandra Leaving

(“Alexandra Leaving” is a Leonard Cohen song – one that he sang last night. Sigh.) I took Alekka to Heathrow this morning. She is off to spend the rest of her summer in Oregon with her sister and other assorted siblings … Continue reading

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A new year and Old Ideas

I’ve celebrated at least two other birthdays in London (#19 and #43), wonderful in their own ways, but this one (#54, yikes) was magical. Alekka has been my daytime sightseeing companion this week while Andreas attends an American School of … Continue reading

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On with the show

I am loving London right now. I’ve been here before, several times: 1978, 1981, 1983 (for a few months that time), 2002, 2011, 2012.  On my first trip I was an 18 year old with a backpack, a student Eurailpass, … Continue reading

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