Family time in the UK

C’s cousin, Amy, is studying abroad in England for the fall semester. She came out with her brother about a month ago to travel a little and get settled before classes began. Unfortunately their trip out coincided with our trip to Amsterdam, Berlin & Prague so we missed out on an opportunity to get together. Thankfully we were able to see Amy before we moved away. After returning from Barcelona before we really started to face the reality of packing, we traveled down to London to meet her. We pushed back the meeting time by an hour and still managed to be late to the meetup – oops!

Because of our late arrival we had little time in London because we had dinner reservations. Amy and C indulged my desire to go to Notting Hill, one area in London I’ve always wanted to visit but just have never made it. It is just as cute as everyone says. The antique and vintage shops were closed for the day but I still enjoyed peeking through the windows, admiring the cute store fronts and ogling the houses. We then hopped on the tube for the ride back to our car – at the very last metro stop of the line. Over an hour later we reached car, dropped things off and headed off to dinner. We ate delicious Indian food, probably the best we’d eaten our entire time in England. After filling ourselves with curries, rice and naan bread, we piled into the car for the late night drive back.

The famous Portobello Road

The famous Portobello Road

What I wouldn't give to live in one of these townhouses

What I wouldn’t give to live in one of these townhouses

Tube photo op

Tube photo op

The next morning we made a home cooked breakfast of french toast, eggs and bacon. Then we took our time getting ready while Amy raided our kitchen. She didn’t have much in the kitchen where she’s staying so we let her take what she wanted. It was a win-win: we didn’t have to worry about disposing of pans, utensils, cups, spices, etc and she got to stock her kitchen for free! Then we went to Cambridge to visit the Botanic Gardens.

Some of the trees had started to change colors which made it very beautiful. Some things had already died but it was still very green and vibrant. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the gardens, snapping photos and chatting away. It was finally time to drop her back at the train station for her trip back to Oxford. We parted ways with plans to visit with each other in Texas in the spring. It was so nice to see a familiar face and we had a great time with her!

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