Monday, July 30, 2007

London, baby!

I only have a moment to write, but I thought I'd drop a line about being in London. So far it has been pretty cool. I've been hanging out with my friend Anne's friends. One weird thing to note is that I haven't met more than three English people. Everyone in London is from somewhere else.

Quickly.... I went out and ended up pole dancing, took a bus tour that was delayed by a bomb, saw a mediocre French movie, ate lousy fish and chips, and today I'll be boating up the Thames.

More details and maybe some photos to come.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Leaving Vancouver

Today I'm leaving Vancouver and hopping on a plane for England.

It has been a nice visit with Patrick, Sara, Lucy, and Thomas. Patick's parents were gracious hosts, and provided me not only with a comfortable bed to sleep in, but with a couple of great dinners. I couldn't have asked for more.

I'm starting to get a bit nervous about taking off across the pond. I don't really like flying--not so much because of the fear of crashing, but because it is so uncomfortable. I know I'm going to be a mess when I get to my destination, but I should be able to sleep for a little while before I have to spring into action.

Okay. I'm off to get ready for my journey. I'm going to be on a bus, a boat, a plane, and a train in the next 24 hours. It might be exciting, but to be honest it just makes my bones ache to think about all the sitting in cramped places.

I'm sure it will be worth it!

London, baby!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Vancouver

This morning I got up after an hour's sleep and got a ride down to the train station. My dad's friend, Roger, gave me the ride. He is a cab driver, but he took me in his own car and didn't charge me. Nice guy, that Roger.

I can't say I'm all that impressed with Amtrak. It seemed like kind of a clusterf#@k at the station, as we had to stand in line to check in, then stand in line again to get our seat assignments. Then, once on the train, some of the seats that had been assigned didn't exist, which caused some general confusion and the conductor kept saying, "I can't believe they haven't fixed that yet."

The train was comfortable enough, but I was really hoping to get the most out of the scenery, which didn't happen. For one thing, it was pretty foggy. In addition, my seat was on the landward side, and I was on the aisle. To make it worse, I couldn't see out the ocean side because I was sitting across the aisle from the water machine, garbage, and steps to the lower level. No windows.

One last complaint is that the food and beverages were absurdly expensive. US$4.25 for a can of Bud. There ought to be a law!

I eventually got here, and Patrick was waiting for me. He picked me up and brought me home, and ever since we've been playing with babies. We went out for coffee; played with babies. Had a nice salmon dinner; played with babies. Drank a couple beers; played with babies.

So far my journey has gone pretty well, except I forgot to bring my camera. I guess I'll just buy one of those disposable ones for London. Sara took some pictures today, so I hope to get some copies.

I also just got an email from Anne, the woman I will be visiting in England, giving me all kinds of directions on how to get to where I'm going. Good thing I thought to check my email, or I'd have gone to the wrong place.

Alright. Now the babies have gone to sleep, so we big kids can play a little.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Some Catching Up To Do

It has been a really long time since I wrote anything in this here blog. A few months ago I had a life-changing experience. Basically I went from being in what I imagined to be a life-long committed relationship to being suddenly and unexpectedly single. The whole ordeal was very difficult, and I guess I'm still not quite adjusted to it, but things are getting better.

Anyway, I haven't felt much like writing anything since all that happened, at least not anything I'd want to blog publicly. Please excuse me for my absence.

Now I'm home in Seattle from Taiwan, and tomorrow morning I'm getting on a train and going up to Vancouver, B.C. to visit some friends. From there I'm flying to England to hang out for a week with another friend. Then it is back to Seattle, and a few days later I'll be back in lovely Taiwan.

Right now I'm using my mom's computer, and she only has a slow dial-up connection, so I can't really post any pictures or do much of anything except watch and wait while pages load. It is really frustrating! Still, I will do my best to get back on the blog train and keep everyone posted as to where I am and what I'm doing.

Until next time,

xox

MM

Monday, July 09, 2007

Tangled Travel

A couple of friends of mine, Michele and Nicki, are going on a world trip starting tomorrow. They have created a website, Tangled Travel to document their trip. The site doesn't seem to be up and running yet, but when it does, I hope you will consider checking in on it from time to time.

They are both really great women, and they make a terrific traveling team.

I'm going to miss them.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Going Home

I'm going back the the U.S. in just a few days.

Yahoooooo.

But I'll be back in Taiwan again soon.