(Start at Day One?)
Me leaving Edinburgh:
I don’t know how I feel about that GIF since she’s leaving Ireland and not, erm, Scotland, but I think it’ll do.
Bad Things on Day Ten:
- We left Edinburgh.
- We spent the whole day on a train or in a train station, which isn’t as romantic as it sounds, especially after an hour.
- I came down with a cold.
- I had what can only be described as a total mental breakdown.
- The mental breakdown was induced by a rejection on my manuscript from a top agent. You see, I totally went for it and queried a bunch of literary agents before the trip, and THE DREAM AGENT requested a full of my novel. On day ten of the trip, I got a rejection from that agent, and it hit, hard. And maybe it was my cold and traveling too, but all I wanted to do was cry and eat and sleep.
Good Things on Day Ten:
- Mom discovered luggage trolleys, making us look more sophisticated and less sweaty.
- Mom, sensing the total mental breakdown, brought us Chinese food.
- My mom makes everything better.
- Supervet was on television.
We go back to Raison D’etre. Why did we ever leave?
When we get there, the tables are full except for one that says it’s reserved.
“Hello, sweetie. Good to see you.” It’s good to be back with this charmer.
“Looks like you’re busy this morning.”
He points to the table. “No, reserved for you.”
The total mental breakdown is mostly forgotten.
Tube to King’s Cross. We’re actually pretty good at this whole metro system.
King’s Cross Station.
Future job: running Platform 9 3/4.
Mom and I planned this really wonderful last day in London, which included a seeing a play at Shakespeare’s Globe. From what we’d heard (and read) seeing a play at the Globe was a harrowing experience. The seats are uncomfortable, and since it’s an open-air theatre, it’s super, super cold.
No fear! Mom and I packed layers for the occasion. I wore long underwear under my dress (see the photo above for evidence), and I brought my winter coat and scarf. Mom was dressed in a similar, multi-layered outfit. We spent the day being very hot in our multiple layers. No matter! We’d be warm during the play!
We arrived at Shakespeare’s Globe and were ushered into an adorable, quaint playhouse. An indoor playhouse.
Surely, we were in the wrong room.
It was supposed to be an open-air theatre.
Then, someone explained that this Jacobean-style, INDOOR theatre is used during the winter to avoid the weather.
Because we had non-adjacent seats, Mom and I had to endure the shame of this misunderstanding separately, sweating in our several layers next to perfect strangers.
Outside of this mishap, Othello was lovely. Emilia! The woman who played Emilia made Emilia the kind of character I always want to see in a play. Emilia!
Anthony Bourdain has a list of “13 Places to Eat Before You Die.”
Over a year ago, Jill and I ate at number thirteen, Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue in Kansas City. I didn’t know about the list until then. I still think about the food at Oklahoma Joe’s, so it made sense then, to spend our last night eating at Bourdain’s recommendation in London, the number one spot, St. John.
Unfortunately, we didn’t know all of the details before we made reservations. (Are you noticing a pattern? Is there some sort of diagnosis for being a slight idiot? I’d like to call it Bridget Jones syndrome if I could.)
You see, St. John is a “nose to tail” restaurant with an emphasis on offal. Sounds great, we–who suffer from Bridget-Jones-pox–said. We arrived to discover that “nose to tail” was less of a whimsical tagline, and more of a literal philosophy. We also found out that offal is another name for organ meat.
Basically, St. John believes in using every part of the animal, which is really great until your choice of starter is bone marrow or duck heart.
Despite this minor hiccup, Mom and I were able to find foods that we could deal with. I’m sure that in the world of St. John, we ordered the equivalent of chicken fingers and fries, but to us, it felt adventurous-ish. (Adventurish?)
(A note on offal. Please don’t misunderstand. I’d like to think I’d eat entrails if it were truly necessary, but aside from a bite of braunschweiger ball at Christmas to be polite, the occasion has never really called for it. Please see photographic evidence for braunschweiger here.)
Day Twelve: The Longest Day in the World
We fly into Chicago on a plane full of teen girls going on a ski trip to Colorado. Many of them have never skied before. I have a couple of things I want to say about this:
- Are the Rockies really the place to learn how to ski? As someone who couldn’t move her arm for four days after falling on a bunny hill in Southern Indiana, this concerns me.
- Aren’t the Alps a lot closer?
- That’s all.
We spend the next 26,000 hours trying to get back home. Eventually, we do, and I’m stuck between loving the feel of my own bed and missing someone asking me if I’m “in the queue” and answering back in a fake British accent. (I only did it once. Okay, twice. WHATEVER IT WAS VACATION.)
And that folks is the end of my vacation, posts. A little–cough–late on updating (considering we got home in April and it’s July), but we got there.
For never was a story of more hysterical laughter & people acting a bit dumb
Than this of Hilary and her mum.
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