Monday, July 30, 2018
London 2018: Tucson on the Thames
I've been to London over 30 times (yes I counted that up) but outside of a few trips to the Imperial War Museum (for research, of course) I've never done any touristy things. We made up for that this trip and really had a fun time. I think I also have been granted honorary Korean citizenship for aid rendered to a group of retired Korean sailors who were visiting the Cutty Sark at the same time. More on that in another post....
I wasn't really trying to take an "artsy" picture of myself - I was, rather, trying to take a picture of the Cutty Sarks carpenters shop but it umm didn't work out so well.
Oh year the weather - wow was it hot from Monday through Friday of the week. Like Arizona high 90's hot. Flying in Monday morning looking out the window I thought we were flying over Arizona - all the grass had turned to a slightly charred tan. The heat didn't really bother me that much while outside - some of the places we visited like the British Museum don't have AC and got rather toasty on the inside.
The weather broke on Friday as we were walking through the garden exit at Buckingham Place (I told you we did very touristy things this trip) - we got soaked but the things really cooled down. It was also fun walking in the rain to the restaurant (The Thomas Cubitt on Elizabeth Street - it was superb). Saturday's weather was glorious (65-70F sunny and windy).
Another great highlight of the trip was the chance to meet in person with Martin Cooke - a fellow gamer and legendary participant in the infamous Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. We met on a non-gaming related topic and I tried to give what little amount of advice I could (i'm not all that bright, you know). It was a real pleasure to talk with Martin and I look forward to seeing him again in the future.
All in all, it was a grand trip