London, England (Dawson House, Battersea Power Station)
As I mentioned in yesterday’s posting, today I had the opportunity to visit a part of London that was new to me. Shoreditch is towards the east end of London and is known to be artsy with a variety of places to eat and drink. I was to meet up with Prean and Viktor to see Prean’s new venture, and 12-year dream, of operating a food stand for event catering and markets. I was going to sample one his offerings of duck confit served on a brioche bun. But first to get there.
I walked about 30 minutes to a Northern Line underground station, rode it for 20 minutes, then a 15 minute walk to the market where he had set up his stand. The brioche with duck confit was excellent and he was getting steady business even though the weather was cold and damp. I could see that he and Viktor were busy so I left and walked back to the station. To be honest, I couldn’t see the excitement of the area. True, there were a number of interesting looking places, but perhaps I appreciate something that is more established? So I got on the train to Soho.
Soho is one of those places where you see something interesting around every corner. And much more “established” than Shoreditch. After about an hour I headed back for a nap. I got off at the Victoria Station and walked back to Battersea. By now I had walked nearly 14,000 steps.
After a nap I received a text from Miguel asking if I’d like to meet for a beer. He suggested Soho. We agreed to meet outside the Oxford Station and walk around to find somewhere to grab a pint. Seemed that every pub was crowded, but finally settled on a place where we could see an open space at the bar.
After talking for awhile and enjoying our beer, we got ready to leave since he was planning to meet a friend at Victoria Station at 9:30. This was convenient for me, so we both took the train to Victoria Station and said our goodbyes and I walked (again) back to my flat.
I checked how many steps I walked for the day and saw that I had almost 30,000 steps. No wonder my legs felt like lead! I had no idea I had walked that far.
Tomorrow I have a number of things to do to get ready prior to my flight to Poland on Monday. But first, I need a good nights sleep.
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