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Cider Parade

On September 16, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I went into Potes at 11:10 am. 

There was a farmer’s market going on selling cheese, anchovies and cider.  Ivan and I tried a few cheese samples, while doing the whole ‘hmm let me just try some more of this so I can decide if I want to buy it or not’ act.

We didn’t think there was much going on for the Fiestas de la Cruz.  Apparently most of the stuff happened on the Friday and Saturday. Still, at least we caught the crazy water fights yesterday.

For lunch, we went to Don Pelayo for the menu del dia (menu of the day). 

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There was a great view from their balcony facing the river.  Ivan and I shared the fava bean stew and anchovies for a starter.  Lil Dave got a banana stew and a fish and banana salad.  The menu of the day came with a bottle of cider so we got to pour it high into our glasses, which is how they always pour the cider out here. Ivan went a lot higher than me. 

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We’re not sure why they pour it high, it must be tradition.  It’s definitely a lot of fun pouring it that way and seeing it poured.  We shared the grilled hake and fried squid with onion for our main course.  We saw a parade on the bridge for the fiesta. 

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Then for dessert, we got orujo cake and rum cake.  It was a good meal.

It was a lovely day out.  It was nice walking along the river.  It was a bit warm out with jeans on.

Ivan drove us back to the hotel at 2:20 pm. 

We chilled in the room and took a long 3 hour nap.

Ivan wanted to take a hike or play tennis.  The hike to the next village was an hour long.  Since it was already getting dark, I thought it would be best that we played tennis.  At 7:40 pm we started playing tennis.  I won this time. 

Later, we had dinner in the hotel again.  Ivan and I each got the grilled salmon which was even better this time since it was cooked longer making the skin very crunchy.  For dessert, we shared the delicious walnut and chocolate tart.

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Nis

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 10:40 am on July 23, 2012.  We packed our backpacks up and left the apartment.

We got a taxi to the bus station. Thankfully, the taxis are very very cheap here in Belgrade with even a 10 minute journey only costing a few dollars. Ivan bought our tickets and then food for the trip. We were lucky and had timed it perfectly so only had a few minutes wait for the bus.

The bus left at noon headed to Nis, Serbia.  Ivan and I watched the movie Exit Through the Gift Shop on the bus.  It’s a Banksy film about a guy who starts making a documentary about street artists and eventually becomes a street artist himself.  It’s quite good.

We arrived in Nis at 3:30 pm.  We walked 5 minutes away to Good Night Hotel and checked in.  It was a modern hotel right among the shops and worn down buildings.

We used the internet for a bit then headed out to explore.  Our first aim was to get a ‘crème brulee’ ice cream which we had seen advertised everywhere in Belgrade, but nowhere had in stock! So the fact that it was an ‘elusive treat’ combined with the fact that a crème brulee ice cream just sounds very tasty, we made it our mission to find one! And we did!

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It was actually only average – I guess it sounds a lot better than it really is.

We walked to the fortress and checked out the restaurants for dinner later. We walked around the small city of Nis. There wasn’t too much to see really.  We did see the saddest collection of things for sale like one shoe without its matching pair, VHS tapes, some curtain rail and (probably stolen) purses.

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We stopped for a drink in the park and ordered a couple of ciders.

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Came upon a cool statue with men drinking rakia.

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After walking around a little bit, we headed back to the hotel.  Ivan and I used the internet and I worked on the blog.

Later, we went to eat at Pleasure restaurant.  Ivan and I started off with a great honey rakia.  We had to use the free internet to get a translation for the word honey since the waitress didn’t speak much English.  Lil Dave got a banana and chicken salad.  Ivan had a tomato soup.  Ivan and I shared a white fish that was covered in a great tumeric sauce and a calamari dish that had rice, greens, nuts and cheese.  It was a tasty meal.  I really like the honey rakia since it tastes the best out of all the rakias we have sampled thus far.

We walked back to the hotel and used the internet before going to bed.

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Lovely London

I woke up at 7 am on June 28, 2012 and Ivan was already up.  We were up way too early since we were jetlagged.  I still felt a bit weird.  I worked on the blog.  Ivan did some laundry. 

We left the apartment at 11 am and went to London Bridge Station to meet up with Ivan’s brother Neal at 12 pm.

It was a hot, sunny day which is strange since lately we heard it has been rainy and gloomy.  It was lovely, but a bit humid out.

Neal was on his lunch break.  We walked to Borough Market (a great farmer’s market) and walked around to find food.  Ivan and I shared a vegetable panini and a veggie burger.  We sat nearby and chatted.  Neal saw a stand selling goats cheese ice cream and everybody was wanted to try it.  Ivan and I shared a lemon and basil goats cheese ice cream which was light and tasted good.  Lil Dave got a banana goats cheese ice cream which he said wasn’t banana-y enough.

We had planned to see Noises Off, but they werent offering discounts..luckily Ivan knew of another play nearby – so we went to go see the play What the Butler Saw

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It was good thing that the theatre is air-conditioned, but it was still a bit stuffy.

I am familiar with Omid Djalil (from the movie The Infidel) who plays the funny Dr. Rance. 

The play is about the psychologist Dr. Prentice.  He tries to hit on the girl who’s interviewing to be his secretary.  He tells her that she must be examined and she must remove her clothing.  Dr. Prentice’s wife comes in and she has run into her own problems by sleeping with a pageboy from the hotel she was staying at.  Dr. Rance is a corrupt official who starts questioning Dr. Prentice’s office and everything gets out of control. 

It’s really funny.  I love farces since one misunderstanding seems to lead to another and there’s always tons of hiding or characters dressing as the opposite sex. 

Ivan, Lil Dave and I were really tired.  We walked to Leicester Square and took a short nap.  There’s a clock that plays every hour and plays ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ on the bells.  It’s a really long song and kind of loud.  It woke me up. 

It was time to get some dinner.  We walked to Satsuma.  Ivan got a tofu vegetable udon while I got the tofu vegetable yaki soba.  Lil Dave got a banana ramen. 

Later, we walked to Princi which is a great Italian cafe.  The restaurant has expanded to include restaurant seating which is great because the café seating is first come, first served and is always busy. 

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Ivan and I shared a tasty raspberry and walnut linzer.  We each had an espresso to keep us going.  Lil Dave decided to get a banana pie. 

We walked to Soho Theatre.  Ivan picked up tickets and was given a piece of paper to fill out.  He had to write a celebrity, place and an entertainment occupation.  The doors to the theatre wasn’t open yet – so we went to the bar to get drinks.  Ivan and I each got a tasty Swedish strawberry-lime cider. 

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We got seats in the second row for Chat Show Roulette.  They’re testing a game show before they bring it to television.  The chat show host was Justin Edwards.  He would be bringing out David Schneider, Adam Riches, Katy Brand and Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Alice in Wonderland).  The guests don’t know who they’ll be playing until when they’re sat in front of the host.  The host pulls out suggestions (names, places, everyday objects and celebrities) made from the audience members to add to the story.  It was really funny.  Matt Lucas was definitely the best by playing a crime novelist who set all his detectives solving crime in Afghanistan.

I love London since there are always so many different events like this happening everyday.

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