Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Notes from the Eurostar

This is being written on the Eurostar train which goes across the Channel tunnel.

Yesterday, we woke up after having been on the plane all night. We then discovered that both my and my mother’s suitcases were lost at Washington when we made the flight connection. We were told that the suitcases would arrive last night, but since that did not happen, we can only hope that either they somehow miraculously reach us in Paris, or we can collect them at the end of our trip when we come back to London. After this ordeal, we got on a cab from Heathrow to our hotel. Our hotel was in an area where there are many streetsfuls of near-identical white Georgians, all of which have been turned into hotels. Upon arriving at our hotel, we were then told that we could not check in until 1:00. Then we had to find something to do for three hours. In the end, we walked to Westminster Abbey, which was lovely, but rather hard on our legs. We saw the memorials of many various people of varying degrees of famousness from only-known-of-today-because-they’re-buried-here to highly well known. We saw a memorial to the Hunsdons, which, to those who don’t know, is the name that Mrs. Smith, my LRC teacher, used when she was in the Renaissance Fair. We also saw Big Ben (which was cool) and than walked back to the hotel (which was cold). We slept for a while, got up and ate some assorted dinner items, and then went back to sleep after watching the telly for a while. Then at about 5 AM here (or midnight in Chicago) we got up, got in a cab, and got on the train!

4 comments:

mw (DWSUWF) said...

What good luck for you Leah! Since your bag was lost, mom and dad will buy you an entire new wardrobe in the latest Paris fashions.

Cool beans!

Excellent reportage on the chunnel crossing. however, I am having trouble with the concept of

"only-known-of-today-because-they’re-buried-here"

Can you give me four or five examples?

Thank you. - Uncle Mike

Leah said...

General George Canning. Have you heard of him?

mw (DWSUWF) said...

Well, strictly speaking, George Canning was not a General. He did serve as Governor-General of India for a while. But he is more famous for having served the shortest stint as Pritish Prime Minister, a mere 118 days. Perhaps you ming enjoy a bit of his poetry...

"I should be glad to drink your Honour's health in
A pot of beer, if you will give me sixpence;
But for my part, I never love to meddle
With politics, sir."

"I give thee sixpence! I will see thee damn'd first —
Wretch! whom no sense of wrongs can rouse to vengeance —
Sordid, unfeeling, reprobate, degraded,
Spiritless outcast!"

Leah said...

You just looked him up on the internet, you cheat.