London

Jazz
Camera
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Taken
2006-08-05 16:30:56
Exposure
1/25
Aperture
f/5.6
ISO
400

Jazz on the sofa.

Today is my transition day between Reading and Germany, which I spent in London. The reason for this was two-fold. First of all, my aunt and uncle were going to be away for the weekend, so I was going to drop by and feed the cat, Jazz. However, they left enough food to feed the cat for the weekend, so all I've done is dangle the little fish on a string with which the cat likes to play. Looking after cats is a much easier chore in my opinion than looking after dogs. Dogs require your attention on a regular basis. Cats on the other hand are quite content to hang out by themselves and stare out the window for hours. Next to fish, you really can't beat looking after a cat. Except for the litter box. Fortunately this time around, I'm not here long enough to need to deal with that. Next time though...

The highlight of my day so far has been root beer. Barq's Root Beer to be exact — two cans from the Canada Shop which I made a point to go and visit. It was my first taste of root beer in over six months, and let me tell you, I missed it. I also managed to find a rather large Canadian flag which I plan on hanging in my window or something else entirely cliché. The funny thing is, in the few days before my trip back to Europe at Christmas, I was unable to find a Canadian flag at home. But I have one now, and I guess that is the main thing. Even before I found the Canada Shop while I was wandering around half lost (using as my guide a map a sketched out by hand from a map on the internet over a week ago), I found a Jessops. Jessops is a photography store and I have been looking to get a couple of filters for my camera because I am starting to get into black and white photography. The place in Reading I investigated yesterday didn't have what I wanted, but Jessops did — so I bought a red and an orange filter. They were cheaper than I was expecting which is always a plus.

Given the time I'm going to be spending traveling in the near future, I am always on the look out for cheap books, so I went into a few used bookstores to see if I could find any Clive Cussler novels. He is the author I am currently enamored with but I tend to go through his books fairly quickly (evidence of my enjoyment of the books, not their length). Instead of paying £7 a pop, if I can get them used in the £2-3 range, I'm happy. Today I only found one used one, but that gives me something to read when I finish the one I'm on now.

Now, I'm just making sure that I have everything I need to get on the plane tomorrow morning. In order to save money I am going to go to Stansted tonight on one of the last trains out instead of getting a cab or other shuttle out in the middle of the night. I'm not taking my laptop with me, so I might be out of touch until I get back. I will likely check my email at some point, so you can reach me that way, and I will have my mobile with me as well.

5Aug
Location: West Hampstead, London @ 11:30

Back from Germany

In case anyone hasn't heard, there is a bit of a lock down going on with the British Airports today. All short haul flights into Heathrow are cancelled and the delays everywhere are incredible. I am so thankful that I was able to get in to Stansted last night, that I'm willing to overlook the fact that I was delayed by two hours in Frankfurt. I know that Marie and her family would have been happy to accommodate me for another day or so if my flight had been cancelled, which would have been fine except for the fact that my family is due to arrive early Saturday morning. I am really hoping that things will have settled down by then and the cancellations will be kept to a minimum and the delays not too severe.

On a lighter note, I had a fabulous time in Germany. It was the first time I made a purely holiday solo trip and it was great. Marie and her folks were extremely generous and kind. I have lots of photos as usual and I will get them online once I write up a few of the highlights. Unfortunately, tonight is my last night in Bridges (at least for a while), so I have to pull my stuff together to leave tomorrow. I'm hoping to get a chance to make some notes about the trip (fortunately I already have some on paper) and do all the other things I need to today. I really just wanted to let everyone who knew I was traveling these days know that I'm not stuck in an airport somewhere. Not yet anyway. :)

10Aug
Location: Bridges Hall, Reading, UK @ 10:23

Odyssey

Odyssey
Camera
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Taken
2006-08-24 19:08:55
Exposure
1/125
Aperture
f/7.1
ISO
100

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Paris

Just a heads up for those checking, that I am back in the UK after a great tour through Europe. More details along with a metric ton of photos will follow later this week.

26Aug
Location: London @ 6:14

What Now?

Well, it would seem that for the most part, my Europe Adventure is over. It has been an amazing time. Now, I am reviving the ailing colinbate.com and going to make a go of it over there. All the best.

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8:53 (Dec 2, 2020)
Thessaloniki, Greece
10:53 (Dec 2, 2020)
Madrid, Spain
9:53 (Dec 2, 2020)
Guatemala, Guatemala
1:53 (Dec 2, 2020)

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