Pubs, royalty, and meeting up with 26 family members...
9/19/08 - 9/30/08 62 °F
We have been on the road for about 10 days (only 256 more to go as my parents tell me). After almost getting sent right back to the US for having no proof of onward travel from England, we spent a few days relaxing with Raminders family in a suburb of London called High Wycombe.
We had to turn down high tea with the Queen when we visited her summer castle in Windsor as we had prior engagements, she was a little disappointed but she texted me later that she will get over it. We also visited Raminders alma mater at Oxford. Things were much as he remembered except this new generation of students has abandoned the aligator shirt with the upturned collar for the much more casual sweater tied around the shoulders look.
After Oxford we hopped back on our favorite mode of transportation (the bus) to return to High Wycombe, and spent a day taking over the world playing Raminder's younger cousin in Monopoly. And now? Now we are in London for the night; we leave for Barcelona, Spain tomorrow evening. We'll probably do our daily pub stop later tonight and watch cricket and people (pubs are the UK equivelant of the US Starbucks, one on every corner. Hey, when in Rome, do as the Romans, when in London, drink beer!). Tomorrow we hope to catch the changing of the guards.
Future plans: Leaving sept 30 for Barcelona, only staying for one night b/c we can't afford more. Hope to camp 2 nights along the coast then arrive in Valencia to stay with R. cousin Kambi for the weekend. Will leave for Morocco via ferry on Sunday, spend 10 or so days there and then fly to South Africa Oct. 16th in Jo'burg. will either take a train or fly to Cape Town, then take a touristy type hop on hop off style bus up the coast of South Africa. And that is all we know so far!
Weird food update (per request of Megan). No really weird things, except fries are called chips and chips are called crisps. And Indian food has taken over as the nat'l food. You can even order fries with curry sauce in the local "chip shops."