London – day 255 (J)

A much more relaxed, but no less adventurous day was had. Still zombied from travelling and all the walking yesterday, I surprisingly bounced out of bed and got ready. I was seeing the doctor at 09:10 and I couldn’t miss the appointment. I had to make it a month in advance while I was still in Myanmar. But, I needn’t have worried. I got a lift to the station from Ed as he was collecting someone before a seminar in Oxford, making my morning dash even easier. Blood tests ‘A’ OK (except cholesterol), there was no issues and was able to get a new set of prescriptions. Thus, the adventures can continue and Katherine has loads of options of where we can go traveling. 

Up the road to Hawkins Beauty Clinic I was able to organise a dinner date with the lovely Azra for Monday. I then splurged and had a roast veg quiche in the cafe, catching up with her son who is doing some amazing work with Imperial College London, developing some cool gadgets and engineering feats for UAV’s (drones) and intelligent software programs for terrain exploration. 

The storage locker is only down the road. A convenient factor in our choice to pick it day one. So, I strolled down the A3, with a lollipop, ‘dancing’ (probably much to the amusement of drivers), listening to the most ecliptic mix of music that was on my phone – The Piano Guys, Goo Goo Dolls, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, plus others. The locker was exactly how we left it back in October. Scary stuff. Sorting through the boxes looking for the solar charger cable I came across such random memories and crates of junk that will be donated on our return. Needless to say, didn’t find the cable, so everything went back in, in a different Lego style jenga puzzle, making room for the big bag that I’d soon be leaving there.  I picked up a lychee flavoured coconut drink in Korea Foods next door and some cake (later discovering it was a rice cake, not sponge cake). B&Q had a small propagator tray and some compost, so I have a project for Alex some evening to plant seeds and continue his current interest in plants. I got some washing done back at the house, put on the dishwasher and got the photos off the big camera from my escapades in the city for the blog. 

Ed popped back to the house and long story short, I was invited to an evening meal with Narae’s parents to celebrate Father’s Day. Off to Nando’s for a feast. Now, maybe it was just this place, maybe it’s the new style, I don’t know… but the restaurant was crazy. You walk around loads getting the stuff you want/need for the table yourself, order food at the one main counter and run back and forth to fill up drinks. I felt like I should have been making kissing noises like they do in Myanmar to grab the attention of the staff. But, alls well that ends well, with buckets of chips being left over on the platters. They were just screaming “Eat Me!” Oh chips, how I’ve missed you, which is something I didn’t realise until faced with the opportunity of eating my body weight in thin strips of fried potato goodness. A slightly dramatic evening when Alex got his fingers jammed in the front door of home. He was an absolute trooper! The remaining trio of the evening got to Skype Katherine as she was waking up and then I pretty much passed out. 

Saturday 18th June 2016

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