anyway, yesterday mimi and i walked to the thames and crossed to south bank. the view on the river toward whitehall, westminster, the london eye, etc is beautiful. i wish i had a history book or a pocket sized tour guide to whisper all the cool facts and trivia about each building. anyway, we went to the southbank book market (some really cool postcards) and made our way to borough market (yummy samples of food) i really wanted to buy some pesto and oil but w/ all the airport security i figured they would take it away. then we met back up with anna and karen and ate at food for thought (delicious vegetarian food)
today, we woke up to rain. gloomy and glum, but i only have a week, so gotta go out, even though in the states i would not leave my dorm room. plus, with no wellies it's kind of cold. but....we headed out in the windy rain, walked to st. james park (with the ginormous pelicans!), buckingham palace (tourists galore), hyde park, then kensington (saw harrod's) and ate a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting at Hummingbird (such a cute cupcake shop). we took the tube to aldgate east to sunday up market (food and stuff). mimi ate okonomi (something with mayonase, cheese and cabbage) and i got aloo channa with 2 samosas for 3.50 pounds. by then my pants were soaked up to my knees and i couldn't feel my toes so we headed back home to take a nap. after the nap it was the true london thing- fish and chips at The Rock and Sole Plaice. yum yum. the vinegar was ok with it, tartar sauce was really yummy.
hopefully all this walking will get me/keep me in some sort of shape to run the frederick marathon in may. gosh. that's insanely soon.
i love being here. this is the first time i've ever gone anywhere for spring break and being with anna and mimi is awesome. i'm glad we've stayed in touch since high school. ok, i think it's time to actually sleep, more walking tomorrow!