London, England (5 Ranelagh Road)
Was very ready to leave this flat and meet Prean, Viktor, and Pawel (Viktor’s friend from Moscow). We’re going by bus to Basingstoke where I’ll stay for Christmas.
I should have called a taxi since I was trying to roll my suitcase, carry-on, and sack of food and gifts to the underground to Victoria Station, then to the Victoria Station Coach (Bus) Station, which I didn’t realize was several blocks away. I arrived at the Coach Station very hot and perspiring. Live and learn…
Nice bus ride to Basingstoke and it took about an hour and a half. We shopped at Waitrose where we picked up the turkey and food items that we’ll need in our flat. From there we checked into the flat, a two bedroom with two bathrooms. I got the room with the ensuite.
We were picked up by Andy who took us to his house where we had dinner with his family and Prean’s friends. Played some games, talked and listened to music until 11:00. Prean suggested we attend midnight mass at St. Michael’s Church, an Anglican parish church.
This was my first midnight mass. Nice, but not anything I’d like to do again. Very formal – though we sang a couple of Christmas carols. We walked back to the flat and all of us where ready to call it a day and went to sleep.
Tomorrow we will open Christmas stockings, have french toast (made by me), and watch Auntie Mame, our traditional Christmas movie.