September 2005

September 22, 2005

Homeward Bound

We’re back in London for our last night in England before flying home tomorrow. After leaving Keswick we stayed in York for a few days (including a one day excursion to Cambridge). We managed to be the only people in our walking tour of Cambridge which, as a result, was an excellent tour. Today I ate my last chicken salad sandwich from Marks & Spencer (I’m going to miss those damn sandwiches).

Tomorrow is going to be a looong day.

September 17, 2005

Sheep Country

Monday we went back to Hyde Park in much sunnier weather and took a spin on the lake in a paddle boat. Then we rushed back to the hotel room and got all dressed up for our tour of the Houses of Parliament. Tab’s got an “inside connection” who was good enough to take us all over both Houses (they’re between sessions at the moment) which was really quite cool. The next day we left London from Paddington Station and zipped off to Bath where we stayed just two nights. We spent one day seeing as much as we could (the Baths, the city, clotted cream tea, etc.). The following morning we jumped on another train and zipped up North to Penrith where we caught a bus to Keswick. Yesterday we went on a pretty exhausting hike in the hills (steep hills) around Derwentwater Lake and today we’ve been taking it a bit easier (laundry, seeing the town, snacking.)

There are sheep, everywhere. :)

September 11, 2005

My Kingdom for a Bench

Thursday we jumped back on the train and zipped down to Worthing where we saw the Channel from a distance, went for a walk in the countryside, ate lunch in a little town at a little pub next to a little church, went careening up and down and unpaved road on a back of an open lorry while blackberry vines whipped and smacked us in the head. It was fantastic.

The following day was spent mostly at the British Museum where I almost passed out from Overabsorption of Priceless Artifacts Syndrome (OPAS). It’s a serious disease. Particularly in that museum.

Saturday Tab split for the British Library while I set off on one of my patent-pending six and a half hour hikes around the city which took me by Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street (and hence, yes, the Apple Store), Oxford Street, the Bank of England/Royal Exchange/Threadneedle Street area (I’m neck deep in the Stephenson trilogy, I had to go), the Museum of London, the Tate Modern museum, the Eye ferris wheel, and back up the long Westminster Bridge/Victoria Street walk to our hotel.

Today was laundry day but we also walked around Hyde Park (hat tip: Rob), ate a huge lunch, ran a couple of other errands, and did quite a bit of walking around the city. I’m becoming a big fan of avoiding the Underground as much as possible. It’s too stuffy. More soon.

September 7, 2005

Greetings from London

The computer I’m using doesn’t allow you to type two of the same characters in a row (unless you type them very slowly) and all of the keys are in the wrong place (well, not all of them) so this will be brief. Seen so far: Heathrow, Victoria Station and surrounding environs, our first hotel (ti-ny), the Thames, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s, a great expanse of London from the highest point of St. Paul’s, several bridges, the Globe, Waterloo Station, Salisbury, Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, numerous Marks & Spencers, and quite a bit of the Underground.

More soon as time permits. :)

September 1, 2005

Six

Six

iWalt.com is six years old today and we’re celebrating that dubious milestone by gutting it like a fish. Yes, it’s time for a change. Time for tearing up the foundation and rebuilding. You may have noticed that the menu is looking a bit thinner. Most of the old stuff will be back, better than before, but first it’s going back to the lab for a vigorous scrubbing.

A few things have already been retooled. For starters, the weblog and links are now powered by Movable Type 3.2. (Which is, not surprisingly, quite to my liking.) Also, we’ve switched hosting providers. In addition to sporting fresher server-side hoo-ha (PHP, Perl, etc.), our junk mail intake has never been lighter.

It’s going to be a good seventh year.

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