Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rain & Peacocks

I've been here for just a few days now and have done so much walking that my legs are aching and my feet are blistering.  It has been really fun to let myself get lost and explore the areas. There just seems to be endless amounts of streets and sites in this city.  I've decided that I need to take the tube less and use my legs even more so that I can get a better sense of how each of the parts of the city connect to each other above ground.

One tiny thing that's been getting in the way of perfectly peaceful walks around town is the rain. Ugh the RAIN!  During Fall, the weather requires that a jacket, sunglasses and umbrella be kept on hand at all times.  Rarely do you need all three, but best not to find yourself without.

Typical rainy view from inside a double decker:


I've seen A LOT of rain, but if I am to 'turn lemons into lemonade', I'd have to admit that if it wasn't for the rain, I wouldn't have helped out a friendly Ausie girl in need of a conversation or found my way to beautiful Holland park, pics below.

After leaving my apartment the other morning, it started downpouring.  I was in need of a coffee anyway so I ran into a Costa Coffee shop where I ended up meeting an Ausie who had taken a last minute trip to Europe with her friend Bruce. However, shortly after arriving, Bruce was too homesick to carry on. This girl didn't give up so easily and had continued the trip on her own, but admitted that she was getting pretty lonely.  We chatted over coffee for an hour and as we left, she pointed me in the direction of Holland Park, where I spent another hour roaming around in amazement.  Peacocks actually live right in the middle of this park....in the middle of London!  Maybe in this case, maybe just this once, the rain wasn't so bad afterall.

Here are some pictures:




  

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