Being taken care of!

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

I can't begin to explain how wonderful it is to be with my relatives here in Cheam. I am in beautiful and comfortable surroundings in the first house I've stayed in for the last 5 months. Cheam is situated 28km south-east of London and, from what I've seen so far, is going to be a relaxing and rewarding retreat from the rigours of London and my travels through Asia. Cheam is typically English with rows of detached multi-story houses with chimneys and lush, green gardens. The garden I'm currently overlooking from this room is unbelievable... I'm staying with Wendy and James. Wendy, my second cousin, is the daughter of my grandmother's (mum's side) sister, Gwen. Wendy has since given me a run-down of my great grandparents who originally came from England. My grandmother (Joy) came from a family of 4 girls. Joy's sister, Gwen, met her American husband and subsequently moved to America to settle. Gwen's daughter, Wendy, who has spent most of her life in America has recently married James (English citizen) and now living in Britain here permanantly. International marriages seems to be the trend in this side of the family. In the early hours of being here, Wendy and James have shared with me their inspirational story of how they met, fell in love and married. Their story goes to show that you never know what's around the corner!

My luck is changing... last night, Daniel managed to score two free tickets to the London theatre through a friend of his who works in the theatre industry. The show was called 'Blue Man Group' and has received positive reviews in both New York and London. Daniel and I had excellent seats... O row in the front area so had an unbelievable view of the amazing show. The show, which has three main characters dressed in blue masks, perform an array of acts using their amazing sense of rhythm and beat. Of all the shows to date, this show rates highest in their ability to capitalise on audience interaction. The conclusion was most impressive with reams of toilet paper being rushed through from the back of the theatre to the front. The use of percussion was awesome. I left the theatre in awe and in need of another show! Attending the theatre rates up there as being a highlight of my tour. Afterwards, Daniel and I met up with some of his local friends at a bar in Soho. An unbelievable night! Thanks Daniel for a great London experience...

I checked out of the YHA hostel at 10am this morning and was in Cheam 1 hour later. But it wasn't all smooth sailing... when I arrived at Cheam's train station, the doors to my carriage wouldn't open. I ended up going to the next station, Ewell East, and had to wait for 15 minutes to get the train back to Cheam. Luckily the two stops weren't too far apart.

So, here I am, in Cheam with home cooked meals, my own bedroom and bathroom for the next couple of weeks. I have since received the documentation I need to apply for a new passport... thanks Pat and mum... I have the birth certificate and guarantor form. Tomorrow I will head back into London to attend to this.
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