After 33 hours i finally tottered into the london hotel.
had a long wait in HK so dozed some more.
I think i slept most of the time on and off, catching up I guess.
Went to Ealing Saturday afternoon , Davids suggestion, and it was a good idea. Sort of like Lower Hutt on a saturday, everyone out shopping.
Bought a great fold up light weight wet weather cape for four pound at a charity shop, never been used. Will cover me and my pack and reaches to the top of my boots, easier to put on than a jacket and trousers.
Nothing else fell into my pocket, conscious i have to carry it all for the next six weeks-when has that ever stopped me….
Miss t’s conscientious guarding of passports and boarding passes..forever patting my bag to reassure myself I have everything.
Coldish in London so a pleasant surprise to get to 25c Lisbon. hope it stays around there.
Hotel Ok but location is a real disappointment, like being put in Petone to gain access to Wellington.
This am I realise it is basically for the conference crowd.
London hotel was full of indian nationals, this one just full of nationals….
Am about to go and catch a bus to the old centre, tried yesterday pm but buses were very spasmodic late on a Sunday afternoon.
Found a really interesting local market, mainly craft items , good jewellery and clever art work plus very intricate origami jewellery, tempted but resisted.
So apart from a trot around the old centre and a revisit to the Gilbunkin (?) Art centre, lovely gardens, that is it for today.
Plan on visiting one of the male dominated eateries for dinner.
After two breakfasts of Kippers, which I love, my stomach was in revolt last night so gave it a couple of mandarins and told it to behave which it basically has thanks to a double dose of pills.
Mind you it has had its revenge by gurgling inappropriately and surrounding me with a miasma of foul smelling air also inappropriately, but silent!!!
Nobody looks any happier than me so maybe it is Ok being on ones own!!!!!