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This was my first Thanksgiving not at home and it turned out alright. I guess you kind of forget your missing something when it's not here. We didn't manage to find a turkey on the weekend but we did cook a nice chicken, made stuffing, mash and my moms sweet carrots. Thanksgiving lives in the UK. I woke up for work on Monday morning and had a little groan as I thought about the holiday sleep in I would have had right then, but I was kindly reminded by a colleague at work that at least we get more holidays here. I'll be laughing! That cheered me up. When we finally decide to pack it up and move back to Canada that will be the hardest part, the holidays - or lack there of!

Over the weekend I had the urge to go to London which is fast becoming one of my favourite places. Since its only an hour away on the train, Rich and I headed off of Saturday morning for the day. Of course since I had shopping on the brain, Rich decided to meet up with some of his friends and leave me to it. Now I am a shopping queen who will brave any climate or terrain to find a deal or at least something pretty, but London on a Saturday is something else. I do belive I have almost become a non-weekend shopper which over here leaves you basically Thursday evenings when the shops are open 'late'. I went to Covent Garden and Oxford Street, then worked my way to Tottenham Court Road and all around the back alley streets. I did find some good buys..mostly Christmas presents..I know I know already. The crowds were mad though and I swear I don't think I have the nerves for it anymore. The markets in Thailand were tame to some stores in London on a damn Saturday. Eventually I met up with Richard and we went to Chinatown and the Soho district and had a lovely meal in a tiny little chinese restuarant. Afterwards we walked around Leicester Square and then caught a train back to Southampton. Sounds like the good life eh? Cannot complain right now at all.

The weather here was getting cold but now it's decided to do the warm - cold - warm thing that as a Canadian, I'm all to familiar with. I've already had a nasty cold that had me laid up in bed a couple weeks ago. I'm sure I'll have a few more by the time my first English 'winter' is over. pah. rainy season more like it.

Posted by ashleym66 13:38 Archived in United Kingdom

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