The “whirlywind” tour of London begins


6pm – Manna House, Bromley

(The title is for you, Shari! =D) Well, after a day of travel on foot, on train, on tubes, and by car, we are safely installed in our rooms at Manna House, a guestroom belonging to OM, my friend’s organization. It’s a beautiful old English home in Bromley, a suburb of London, and it’s much larger than I was expecting it to be. Katie and I are in one room, and Andy’s across the hall. But apparently all the rooms are full, so we may end up sharing.

Andy and I finally got to meet some of the Mallons, Katie’s host family, this morning. I’ve Skyped with some of them before, but this was my first opportunity to meet them. Mr. Mallon was away on business, but Mrs. Mallon was there. She really is as sweet in person as she seems on the computer screen! And we got to meet their daughters too. It was a very pleasant conversation. And then Mrs. Mallon drove us to the train station.

The train travel was quite interesting. I actually enjoyed it a lot. You got the chance to see a lot of the countryside and you still got where you needed to go quickly. We took the train from Carlisle to London Euston. Then we took the tube, the London Underground, from Euston to Victoria Station, where we jumped onto the National Railway that went to Bromley South. At Bromley South, the host of Manna House came and picked us up. We tossed our stuff in the rooms and then went looking for a late lunch/early dinner. It was 4pm and we hadn’t eaten yet.

We found an Irish pub called O’Neil’s and WOW … talk about amazing food and really cheap! I had something called a chicken and mushroom crockpot, which was basically a little pot of chicken and mushrooms over mashed potatoes with cheese all soaked in something awesome and served piping hot … yikes. It was epic. They have live music on Friday nights, so I’m thinking that we’ll probably go back for dinner then.

Then we went to the grocery store and bought everything we’d need to make lunches for the rest of the week. Our plan is to make our lunches and carry them into London with us. We are going to avoid the peak times if we can and probably won’t leave Manna House until 9am every morning, but we’ll have time for one sight to see before lunch and then a couple more after lunch before we find a nice dinner.

We’re getting ready to start making our sightseeing plans in a few moments, but I had a second. The wifi is free here, so I’ll be able to continue updating! I’m taking my camera out tomorrow and will have tons of photographs and probably more stories … and hopefully Andy will let me put them all up. There are some he asked me not to share … so if you know me in person, you can ask me when you see me and I’ll tell you all the dirt!! =D

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