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RandyLeGrant

 
What is the most interesting thing you learned in another culture?

People are all the same. They want to be happy.

  • 68 years old
  • From Oklahoma, United States
  • Currently in Connecticut, United States

Whirlwind Trip To Europe

I'm headed to London, St. Malo and Paris for back-to-back meetings to start 2011 exactly right with our European partners. It will be tiring, but very rewarding.

If Its Sunday In London It Must Include A Traditional Pub Lunch

United Kingdom London, United Kingdom  |  Jan 09, 2011
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  • The Sunday Roast at the Queens Arms around the corner from my hotel is a best bet.  Always food over the plate and the quality is some of the best.  Price?  10 Pounds Sterling and that includes the beer!

 Arriving London on the day flight is like cheating on a test. You get the immediate benefits, but in the end you know it can come back to haunt you. 

It is great to fly all day and get a lot of work done (and watch a movie of course) and then land and it's dark.  The brain says...go to sleep and wake up tomorrow without jet lag.

But then you arrive and although it's 10:30 at night, the old brain reminds you that it's really 5:30 in the afternoon!  But you stay up late and try to make it work.  When you wake up...again you know it's 8:00 a.m. in London but your brain quickly reminds your body it is really 3:00 a.m. at home.  Ugh.

So I'm here on a Sunday.  Lots of shops closed (good thing) and the pubs are open to the traditional Sunday pub lunch.  This consists mostly of a roast meat (chicken, lamb, pork, beef) with roasted potatoes, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and LOTS of thick brown sauce.  Out in the midwest we call that gravy.

Oh.  And the pint of beer.  Can't forget that.

I'm a little down in the back and my right leg is injured (some former TaeKwon-Do stuff) and so I have not been able to walk around as much as I'd like.  London is my favorite spot on earth.  At least, here is where I feel most at home and actually breathe.  I do most of my writing here, and just in general feel this is where I need/want to be.  So it's always fun no matter the weather or day.  (But today finds bright sun, no clouds, 40 degrees...)

As the photos show, I tend to mingle in the small lanes and the parks.  The street behind my favorite hotel is Brick St.  Around the corner is Shepherd's Bush and it's full of small pubs and restaurants and shops.  And by small, I mean the restaurants might hold 25 people.  And then I cross Picadilly to Green Park.  It was nice in the park today.

Tomorrow (Monday) starts with meetings.  I'll write about my day tomorrow evening as I travel the EuroStar to Paris after a very full day here in London with our favorite UK partners, The Experiment in International Living.

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