Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A postcard from England ( minus the picture, sorry)

I figure I better document the fact that right now I am fulfilling a life-long dream: I have finally made it to England. There is so much going on right now, so much to see and experience that it's practically a sensory overload...between the fantastic architecture of Cambridge, the sights and smells of the outdoor market ( which I have been to three times so far), the gorgeous countryside, the adorable little bookshops
( some of which seem like glorified closets), and of course the fascinating sound of English accents all around me. ( I just wrote a few postcards last night- and that line is almost straight from the backs of those postcards- sorry, recipients, for the redundancies...)

The jetlag stuck with me longer than I anticipated. I took off on Friday evening and got into Gatwick Saturday morning 2:00 a.m. according to my body- but 7:00 a.m. local time. Unfortunately, there were a number of small children on the plane so sleep was hard in coming. And I've never had anyone wake me up at such an ungodly hour for a boxed breakfast of airplane food- which was actually quite good as airplane food goes.

My taxi driver said that he had driven Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in his car. "She sat right where you are sitting now!" Yep, me 'n Justice Ginsberg- birds of a feather. "Not"- as we used to say in the 90's.

It's been good to spend some quality time with my neice and nephew. I've taken pictures, but it's hard to get them to sit still long enough to get a good picture. And being a little more comfortable with the video camera, I find myself spending too much time figuring out how to get the still camera to do what I want it to...and then the moment is lost. Or rather, the nanosecond is lost. Lexie wants to see the picture immediately, and sometimes gets up to come see it before I've even taken it!

Last night I took Lexie around to do some trick or treating- as Sleeping Beauty or some such princess ( she is obsessed with "princessesses") - until a gaggle of hooligans in ghoulish masks overtook us and frightened her senseless. ( Another postcard line stolen...)So we went home. I was secretly a little glad to go home early; it was cold. Poor Lexie- I think she hasn't quite grasped the concept of trick-or-treating. She kept trying to GIVE candy to the people in the houses...I had to encourage her to TAKE the candy, not give it. I felt like such a bad aunt: what kind of message am I giving here: GET- not GIVE!

And today was Lexie's birthday: HUGE excitement! Presents! Cake! Balloons! Joy! Silliness!

This morning, I spent a few hours by myself walking around Cambridge, visiting churches, shops, and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Man- every INCH of this city is CRAMMED with beauty and history and charm. I just want to EAT it.

The whole driving on the wrong side of the road thing is much less of a weirding-out factor than I imagined. The fact that the roads are so narrow and that bikes are whizzing everywhere freaks me out a little more. I'm a little surprised I haven't been mowed down yet. And I would never survive driving here.

Well, there is lots more to say and many pictures to download, of course, but I will wait til I get home to post pictures, and who knows when you may hear from me again...

13 comments:

kate said...

what fun!
looking forwad to seeing all the pictures and hearing all the stories. :-)

Kristi said...

How wonderful! I was in Cambridge briefly 7 years ago and really liked it. I remember tons of bikes everywhere. My friends and I ate lunch at a charming little place, but of course I can't remember the name of it.
Man, I wish I had a sister in some exciting place so I'd have an excuse to visit!

Mrs. RF said...

Really looking forward to the pictures. Sounds like a great place to visit!

Amy said...

Sounds amazing over there!! That's one place I would love to visit!
I didn't have any Trick-or-Treaters try to give me candy, but I did have a couple princesses. :) And one adorable little boy (dressed as a mailman) who didn't want the Kit Kat I gave him and put it back, trading it for 2 peppermints. And here I thought the peppermints were the lame filler candy. Everybody got one peppermint and one chocolate something. :)
Good to hear from you, wherever you may be! :)

lis said...

Hi, neighbor! So glad you're enjoying yourself so thoroughly!

TripleNine said...

Very lucky you! Can't wait to see some of the pictures.

Aaron S. said...

Enjoy your trip! Can't wait to see any pictures you have a mind to post when you get back. For now, the stories are quite satisfactory. :)

Linds said...

Hurray! enjoy every minute, and I can't wait to see pictures... just like everyone else :)

Sojourning said...

So fun! I'm so excited for you! Yippeee!

melbrown said...

Hooray for the breathtaking sights and sounds of Cambridge! I'm still not completely convinvced that the place was real...

Soak it up! Love and prayers to you.

John L said...

Sounds grand. Do say hello to my friend Charlie for me.

Adam said...

Hmmm, a Chocolate Bar in the form of England and you could really EAT it.

karena said...

Okay....I'm waiting for my moment of fame...when is it coming?