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London Trip Day 1 and 2

Right, after a very uncomfortable 11 hours flight, 3 hours sleep and long queues, we finally made it to our destination: Leicester Square!

Sonia met us there and helped us back to her and Dave’s place, dropped our bags off, washed the last 15 hours off and took to the streets…

Off to Putney High Street, Putney Bridge where the Cambridge/Oxford boat race finishes  and Wimbledon High Street. Didn’t shop too much… First time Sam and  were on a bus since highschool! What’s that red button for? Sonia did tell me…It was awesome!

Today we got up early and went straight for a bus tour. Trafalgar Square where we learnt about Admiral Lord Nelson and his 4 battles( Nelson’s Column), Hyde Park, Buckingham Gate and Westminister Pier. This is where we took a cruise to Greenwich.

At Greenwich we took a look at the Painted Hall (AWESOME), Cathedral, Maritime Museum where we saw Admiral Lord Nelson’s uniform  and of course, the Meridian! We actuall met an Afrikaans couple there, they were looking for South Africa on the Meridian, luckily (bam-bam-bam) we were there to help… Was good hearing Afrikaans though…

Caught another bus thereafter got off at St Paul’s Cathedral just to find out they clse at 4pm… it was quarter past.. So, back on the bus to meet Sonai at Harrods… it’s their Summer Sale, all I remember is chaos!

From Harrods we came back to Dave and Sonia’s place, famished and worn out but exited as anything!

Thinking of Madame Tussauds for tomorrow and then a walk about. We didn’t get off the bus much, we were more interested in seeing whats where…

We have fallen in love with all the History that sits in this one city, the old buildings, the statues, the details….

Ah… 21h26 and still daylight… Gonna miss this Summer…

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July 14, 2009 at 8:27 pm 1 comment

45 lessons life taught me – by Regina Brett

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I had the greatest email sent to me and it was exactly what I needed. I actually printed it out so that I could refer back to it again and again.
Here it is:

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.  It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1.       Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2.       When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3.       Life is too short to waste time hating anyone…
4.       Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends and parents will.  Stay in touch.
5.       Pay off your credit cards every month.
6.       You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.
7.       Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8.       It’s OK to get angry with God.  He can take it.
9.       Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.
10.     When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11.     Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12.     It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13.     Don’t compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14.     If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15.     Everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16.     Take a deep breath.  It calms the mind.
17.     Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18.     Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19.     It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.  But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20.     When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21.     Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion,   Today is special.
22.     Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23.     Be eccentric now.  Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24.     The most important sex organ is the brain.
25.     No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26.     Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27.     Always choose life.
28.     Forgive everyone and everything.
29.     What other people think of you is none of your business.
30.     Time heals almost everything.  Give it time.
31.     However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32.     Don’t take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.
33.     Believe in miracles.
34.     God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35.     Don’t audit life.  Show up and make the most of it now.
36.     Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37.     Your children get only one childhood.
38.     All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39.     Get outside every day.  Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40.     If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41.     Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42.     The best is yet to come.
43.     No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44.     Yield.
45.     Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Hope you found it as inspiring as I did…

July 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm 1 comment

London Trip Countdown

11 more sleeps… And we hop on our plane and off we go…

I will admit, I am really sad that there will no longer be a MJ concert and even sadder about the fact that there can never be such a concert ever again… Such a pity… 😦

Aside from that, I am exceptionally excited for the trip… 
We are soon to ensure Mom and Dad have access to Skype so we can chat up a storm and so I can see my babies while we are away (I am gonna miss them sooooo much!)

Lucky for Sam and I, Mom and Dad love them dearly (although Dad will never admit to this, so don’t quote me on it…) and have been kind enough to agree to look after them, even though Dad says he is gonna invoice for his services… What’s a girl to do… 🙂

So, babies sorted, next big issue is that we can only pack 23kg each… 
I will be ok, but it’s Sam I am worried about… He will only be able to take 3 or 4 pairs of shoes
Gonna have to let him down easy… and worst of all, he will have to refrain from buying too many pairs there too 🙂

So, I have decided that a packing list will be in order to ensure I don’t arrive there with no underwear… I don’t think Sam will be prepared to share (lol! No worries, it’s not like that, I think it is all the excitement and adrenaline speaking….I clearly don’t know what I am saying….)

I have been trying to research as much as possible (not only is this my first trip to London, it is my first trip overseas!!!) and I have decided that 12 days will probably not be nearly enough… There is far too much I already want to see, London Eye, Science and Technology Museum, Theatre, Harrods, Camden, Big Ben, Chelsea, the Dungeons… Need I continue? I suppose we only need 2 hours sleep a day, right?

Right, back to work for now before I get completely side tracked (oops… perhaps a little too late for that!)

I will give an update closer to the time…

July 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment


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