Saturday, 13 October 2018

London, England (1 Pepys Street)

I had a slow start this morning. Woke early, drank coffee, then decided I needed more sleep. By the time I woke up again it was after 10:00 and I checked the news. For whatever reason, the big news story was the royal wedding, being shown live, and I couldn’t stop watching it. I’ve been to Windsor Castle four times, and was mainly looking at that rather than the wedding. That took up about an hour while I drank my second cup of coffee. The wind was really blowing and many people lost their hats while walking to the church.

One of the things I wanted to accomplish today was to make a reservation to stay in London from the 19th to the 25th when I leave for Edinburgh. I only booked to stay in my current location until the 16th. I’m planning to visit the channel islands from the 16th to the 19th. My decision to stay in a hotel from the 16th to the 25th was made easy by the high daily rates for almost all the Hilton’s in London. Then while trying to book an Airbnb flat, I couldn’t get it to work. I called Airbnb and they confirmed that they were having system issues. If this isn’t resolved by tomorrow morning, I’ll book a place via Booking.com, a competitor of Airbnb.

I was visited by an engineer from the property management company to check why my remote to the TV isn’t working. He discovered that I was trying to turn on the TV using the DVD player. But that is the only remote that was by the TV. We both searched for the TV remove but couldn’t find it. He left for 10 minutes then brought me a new remote for the TV and set it up for me.

It has been very windy here in London, but warm as well. In the mid 70’s. It was a good day for a walk. I had a letter to mail and decided to walk over to the nearest post office to buy stamps (to replace the ones that were in my lost bag) and mail the letter.

To get to the nearest post office, I walked across Tower Bridge and took some pictures. This bridge and Big Ben are truly iconic representations of London. Though many people still think Tower Bridge is London Bridge.

When I arrived at the post office I found it was closed. It was a small branch office located in a small grocery. The man behind the counter said they don’t stay open late because there isn’t any business. I’ll guess the letter that I’m mailing can wait until Monday. Just a check to American Express.

I enjoyed my walk back to the flat and stopped a few times along the way to enjoy the view and people watched. That was my expedition for the day.

For dinner I had spinach and ricotta tortellini with a marinara sauce. Both were pre-made by Waitrose, but tasted good and filled me up. I’ll have leftovers tomorrow night.

Also, still a little frustrated that Airbnb isn’t working. I tried several more times before I went to bed. I’ll decided what to do tomorrow. As for tomorrow, I’m meeting up with Prean and Victor for afternoon tea. Not sure where we are meeting, but I’m sure Prean will find some place interesting.

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