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Abigail’s Market

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up early again on June 29, 2012.  I guess it doesn’t help that the blinds in the apartment we’re staying at arent very good and let in lots of light.  We should be sleeping more since we’re jetlagged. 

We headed into the city at 12 pm.  It was an overcast day.   We started walking over the famous Tower Bridge and it was raining hard.  The gods were certainly not very happy today!

We met up with Neal at The Draft House Tower Bridge.   Ivan and I shared a tasty, fruity Belgian beer and which was passion fruit flavored. For lunch, we shared potted smoked mackerel, ratatouille salad with toasted pine nuts and goat’s curd and chili crab linguini. 

The weather couldn’t make up it’s mind and it was now sunny. I guess we had done something now to please the gods…

We said bye to Neal and headed to the bus station.  It was time to head to Covent Garden.  Ivan and I noticed a market happening at Southbank Centre, so we decided to get off the bus early and walk to Covent Garden later.

We walked through the new Jubilee Park which has a wooden playground.  We saw the purple upside-down cow Udderbelly. 

The Real Food Market is a great farmer’s market filled with stalls of food.  Ivan said we should check it out on Sunday for lunch.  There was lots of good food, but we were stilled stuffed from lunch…Didn’t stop us from getting a few free samples though. I mean you just cant say no to some free cheese can you!!

We walked around the River Thames and saw Rainbow Park which is an installation with colored sand in a big sandbox. 

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Why didn’t they have cool stuff like this when we were kids?!  Lil Dave played awhile in the sandbox with the kids.

We walked towards the bridge and saw The Poetry Takeaway

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You can get a poem created for you on the spot for free.  Unfortunately, there was a long line so we didn’t get one made.

We started walking towards Covent Garden.  Ivan noticed a place to get a haircut – I’ve actually seen 3 new shops like this in London.  I read the Standard newspaper while Ivan got his hair cut.

We walked around Covent Garden and noticed a few of the cool BT Artboxes. 

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It was time for ice cream!  Ivan mentioned earlier that we were getting Breast Milk ice cream.  I thought he was joking! 

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They actually sell it at The Icecreamists.  We got three scoops of it for a hefty price of £20.  The breast milk ice cream was creamy and tasted really good!  I like the hats the staff wears – the girls wear patent leather policemen hats while the guys wear black French berets.  I think the guy who served was being French himself – a bit rude when he didn’t understand what Ivan was saying to him.

I was sooo very tired with jetlag.  Ivan found a place for chocolate espresso.  It was naughty – like drinking a melted down chocolate bar.  I don’t think it had that much espresso in it. 

Ivan wanted to check out the art at Somerset House.  We walked nearby and got free entry with our student cards.  Ivan and I checked out the artwork.  I’m glad that Ivan isn’t the type of person who spends hours admiring the fine details of one art piece.  Some of the pieces had a glass over the art.  I’m surprised this picture of Van Gogh didn’t have a glass over it.

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We were still tired so we headed to Pret a Manger for an espresso.  I was sitting in a comfy sofa chair.  I could have fallen asleep at any moment that’s how tired I was.

We walked to Wyndham’s Theatre to see Abigail’s Party.  It’s an old play written by Mike Leigh.  The play is set in 1970’s suburbia. Beverly and her husband Laurence host a cocktail party with their neighbors Angela, her husband Tony and Sue.  At the same time, Sue’s 15 year old daughter Abigail is throwing a party across the street.  It was funny in some moments, but awkward in other moments which was part of the play.  There’s always a few tense moments with Beverly and Laurence fighting.  It wasn’t the best Mike Leigh play we’ve seen.  It was definitely gritty and real which is typical of Mike Leigh plays.

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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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Sunny Solstice Market

I woke up at 10:30 am on June 23, 2012.  Jennifer woke up shortly at 11 am.  We headed out into Anchorage at noon.  It was a lovely sunny day. 

We walked to the downtown area, after getting lost quite a few times, taking a number of detours, and learning that there really arent that many taxis in Anchorage…especially when you want one due to the fact that you have walked miles and still have miles to go to get to your destination. We were hungry, so went to the F Street station which our couchsurfer had recommended to us. I got a tasty halibut sandwich while Jen got a crab sandwich.  We enjoyed our food with a sweet Riesling.  I noticed on the tourist map that there was a market going on.  I was disappointed that I didn’t read this early since we could have had a nice lunch there instead…..

After lunch, we started walking towards the market.  I saw a sign for the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival and Hero Games.  I thought we would check it out after the Anchorage Market & Festival.

The market was filled with many stalls selling food, jewelry, clothing, candles and soaps.  We saw a place selling salmon quesadillas. Jennifer thought that sounded really good.  I told her that we would come back later and have one…..not because necessarily we would be hungry later, but because you can never say no to a salmon quesadilas can you.

We walked to the Summer Solstice Festival. 

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We saw many things like wood carving with chainsaws, a big sand box, a pool of water where kids could go kayaking, a puppet show, skateboarding, animals to pet and bouncy castles.  There was one Hero Game we came across.  Two teams were playing volleyball with water balloons.  Each team had a blanket. 

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One team would serve the water balloon by throwing it up in the air with the blanket.  The other team would have to try to catch it.  If they dropped it, the other team would score.  It looks liked fun, but Jen and I would have rather had a great big water balloon fight with everybody.

We checked out the largest souvenir shop in Anchorage.  It’s definitely not as big as the largest souvenir shop in Las Vegas.  We didn’t get anything, but we’re going to come back to buy a ulu knife with a bowl for us to use at home.

It was time to walk back to the Anchorage Market & Festival.  Jen and I shared a delicious salmon quesadilla. 

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We walked around checking out the stalls we missed last time.  I bought some peppered smoked salmon. 

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There was lots of unique products being sold like fishing lure earrings, Alaskan nightlights made out of wood or hand painted clogs.  Jennifer bought a cool J scrabble tile zipper pull and banana earrings. 

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Hopefully, Lil Dave doesn’t try to eat her earrings mistaking them for real bananas!

We were feeling pretty tired after that, so jumped in taxi and headed back to the couchsurfer’s house.

After using the internet for a bit, we headed out to the Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria which had been recommended to us by the couchsurfer and was also number one on Tripadvisor for restaurants in Vancouver.

The pizzas were supposedly meant to be the best in Alaska….We haven’t had many pizzas in Alaska (in fact we’ve had none) so we can’t vouch for the validity of that statement, but we do agree that they were very nice pizzas!

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We got two small ones – both half and half. So four different flavors of pizza. Our favorite was the wild mushroom, and the roasted garlic one.

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