Saturday, June 29, 2002

Ah yet another day gone by in London. It's been tumultuous.
Yesterday we went to the Tate Modern. That was pretty cool.
The Dali museum is also interesting, but the picasso and Chagall exhibits weren't very entertaining. And they were way overpriced. We also made a quick stop at Yo! Sushi where they do the sushi boat thing but on conveyer belts.
We made a visit to Waterstones, supossedly the largest bookstore in Europe. Quite possible... Though it really isn't all that large.
However, the highlight of my day has been me, sorta sick. Last night sorta pukey feeling. I think my body was telling me to slow down. The subway gets really hot. And outside it is sorta cold...
So most of today was spent sleeping. Then when Melissa got home from her sighseeing(portabello market, victoria and albert museum, etc) we spent some time trying to decide what to do/eat. We headed for wagamama's noodles after deciding Thai food would be good but since we didn't have a restaurant guide, not to be found. Wagamama was good, except the service spotty. And they drowned something in the classic chinese glenatinous stuff. The miso was good though.
I got woken around 2 pm by room service which oddly enough for a 4* hotel, called to ask when it could come and clean the room. Pardon me, but at a 4* hotel, if the guest doesn't want to leave the room and wants to sleep, by all means let her sleep. Or if she is sick, send sick person goodies. Hah. On a connected note, the receptionist told us that Nelly Furtado was staying at our hotel and was having drinks in the bar earlier. How funny.
So I tried to rent a phone but you need a £500 security deposit so I gave my credit card but it was denied and after calling the company twice, once through customer service which was supossed to have fixed the limitation(they have a lot of overseas credit card fraud), I actually got to talk to security who fixed it right. Then we realized that we could just use the Ireland phone and a phone card, like we had been.
Harrod's got a 10 minute visit from us today. Very spiff. It was closing, though, so we did have to leave. Phooey. It's HUGE.
Whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Went by the food hall. The only other food hall I want to visit more is Fortnum and Mason's where it's tea heaven! Maybe tomorrow? Oooooh, they ship internationally. As James knows, I'm partial to tea mugs, bags, and blankets (or most things doing with sleep). TEEEAAA....
The net here is really slow today. And I'm trapped with N'Sync (I'm guessing... games with my heart?) on the radio overhead. When will yahoo mail let me in? My time is almost over.
So tonight we'll go home to the exciting laundry! Lol. I'm still sleepy, which mostly makes melissa envious and slightly disgusted. And she didn't sleep well... most likely because I invaded her bed space. I don't sleep well when I am sick.
Okay. Tomorrow will be nifty and eventful... Promise! I feel lots better. Guess it's just the classic case of needing rest.
(Yes mommy and daddy I am okay now and will go to bed early)
Oh, the london underground is evidently the place to snog. (kiss) Tons of people were out today in the evening. making towards the hot night life spots, I guess. And nope, I not going. Freecia gonna be good. Oh shush Drew. I'm not a big clubber in the first place and it is definitely not something to do when I'm recovering. The coughing is less now, too.
bye bye

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Hmm, so there's been another scene change.
Bunratty was cool. We stayed in this awesome bed and breakfast, ashgrove house in bunratty. The owners are just super helpful and nice.
Bunratty Castle was so-so. Cool, but really, not all that much my cup of tea. It sorta smelled and was dank and makes me glad to be living in this day and age with down blankets.
The Cliffs of Moher was foggy. The postcards and guidebooks makes it look nice but I can't really vouch. Then we went through this area called the Burren and got sorta car sick.
We tried the car rental thing but it really was a disaster. First, we're too young. Second, there were no cars available from the one place that would accept (possibly) younger drivers.
So we just got into London today, our plane was delayed from Shannon Airport. Then after we took the express train into london from Stansted, we braved our way to a ticket counter and for an underground/bus pass for 7 days because it was cheapest. At practically £20 I don't know how cheap it is.
We checked in after going halfway across london on the Tube. Then I made a frantic look for phone cards because my mom called.
THE PHONE NUMBER HAS CHANGED please don't call me on the cell. It's like €3/min in london. If you need to call, please call the hotel. +44 (0)20 7674 1000 room 536 under the name of Melissa Pak. Thanks!
Then I proceeded to want to go to Yo! Sushi but I thought it was somewhere where it wasn't so we took a nice little useless ride around the underground. We started where we came from and wound up going there and seeing it close (there's one in Selfridges, a british sort of Nordstroms). So we went to Marks and Spencer and ate in the food hall. The other option was McDonalds. We then wandered around their basement grocery store (yes grocery in the bottom of a department store). Then we got some underwear and socks so there's less laundry to do! :) Hey, it was £6 for 5 pairs. That's really cheap.
We noted the various sales (lots and lots) and visited the fcuk (french connection uk). yes, I know what it sounds like.
And now hopefully if Melissa decides she's had enough, we'll go back to the hotel because James called and I want to call him back. My parents called today, too. Doesn't everyone love me?
More adventures of Freecia Wang forthcoming. Thanks, and Sayonara.

Sunday, June 23, 2002

My legs are tired. Today we decided to bike around the sights.
We went to Ross Castle again because we wanted to hire a boat to take us out to the Island there. They didn't show except when we gave up and took a tour of the Castle. Then when we were in the castle, 15th century and later, on the second/third floor, we saw the boat from an arrow slot. Bleh.
Huff puff huff curse those darn slow uphills... we went and played in traffic. One mile on the main road with cars whizzing by and we got on a bike path. Huff and puff some more. Those slightly uphill areas will get you. We stopped at Muckross Abbey for a view and went on.. somewhat daunted. However, the promise of food and bathroom encouraged us... for about another 1.2 km. Then we got to Muckross house and headed for water and food. I tried to help some ladies who didn't speak English. Their lock on their bikes was stuck. I don't know if they ever got it open. I hope so. We had a late lunch. Potty break and some deliberation, we decided not to go the full 5 miles around one of the smaller lakes. We were already tired.
These Europeans can really walk! we saw some people doing what we were doing, around 10 miles or more, walking. At least it felt like 10 miles. We'll figure it out.
Continuation- we went to the Torc Waterfall. Lovely but not much that we haven't seen. We ate major little bugs going there and back. It was pretty much shrink your eyes, keep your mouth shut, and bend your head down so the bugs don't go up your nose and bike like crazy. Right before this point we actually enquired as to if we could go on a horse buggy and stick our bikes on the back. As it was like €15 per person, we decided to make our way back into town.
So we actually did make it and really, it wasn't all that far. We only walked our bikes up one steeper hill. We managed to avoid most of the horse umm, refuse... so it really wasn't too bad. We got in some small traffic jams with the walkers and horses.
So then we pretty much limped back to our room and once again praised our college intelligence that told us to take the room with jacuzzi. Two showers and one bath later, plus what looked like a music video show hosted in Gaelic, we set out for food. And now after being fortified, here we are. (update: evidently it was about 16 miles)
And to bed I go. I hope I don't hog all the covers again... But they gave us an extra blanket so I should be warm.
Tomorrow we go to Limerick and off to Bunratty. We need laundry.