Meatloaf and Chips

Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
Trip End Mar 24, 2011

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

With a heavy heart, I left Ireland on Saturday evening.  Spent some time at the Dublin Airport before boarding my BMI flight to London Heathrow.  I must say, BMI was a great little budget airline - they don't offer food or movies but then again, it is a short little flight (only about an hour).  The in-flight entertainment for me consisted of watching the plainest looking flight attendant I have ever seen (think of a female version of the singer Meatloaf) standing at the front of the cabin, eating a bag of chips while facing the passengers and chatting up her fellow attendant.  I have to admit, with all of the flights I have taken, I have never seen a flight attendant snacking or as unkempt as this gal was.  It was quite riveting to watch and I was in the 6th row so I had an unobstructed view.  Strange.

It was a clear night to fly and we could see great views of the lights of the villages, towns and cities in England as we approached Heathrow.  The coolest thing was to fly over fireworks being set off in London (for Halloween or early Guy Fawkes celebrations I would assume) - very sparkly and colorful.

Since Saturday, I've had the pleasure of staying in South London with lovely friends Billy and Svetlana - the host and hostess with the mostest :)   We've been having great chats, catching up on the latest must-see TV and enjoying fabulous home cooked meals - paellas, frittatas, curries - we are eating our way around the world in preparation for me eating my way around the world.  Add to that some incredible wines and the most comfortable bed I've been in in a while and you have a recipe for a restful and refreshing 5 days. 

I've decided after 3 flights so far that I am not actually a backpacker and so I've decided to ditch the 30 lb pack for a lovely purple wheeled suitcase (I think I'll name it Barney).  I may have mentioned before, but I have not seen another traveller yet over the past few weeks in train stations, hotels or airports that are toting backpacks and I think I know why.  They can be a bit awkward and uncomfortable.  I will store mine here in London and switch over to the more conventional suitcase, picking up the pack before I leave for home in May.

It's been mild and cloudy here in Croydon, south of London, these past few days but very mild - in the low to mid-teens.  I notice that Halifax and PEI may be getting snow this week - not missing that much.  I head to Casablanca on Thursday and the forecast there is for 26 degrees.  That will be niiiiiice (except that if I wear shorts or t-shirts in a predominantly Muslim country, I risk offending most of the population - apparently it is recommended that women are covered from wrist to ankles and a headscarf is also suggested).  I'm guessing that won't be good for getting a tan?

I've been taking some nice walks to the nearby village of West Wickham over the past few days - cute shops, pubs and tons of curry and chip shops.  Love the smell of curry in the air! 
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Lynne Campbell on

Hi Albertine
I think I've been to get Emily a Canadian passport so I could bring her home after our year in Durham. Is there a Canadian consulate there? Hope all goes well for you getting to Morocco. Always wanted to visit the Casbah.

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