There's a particular breed of Australians in England, who are just as you describe. They live in Earls Court and their strine gets thicker the longer they stay there.
Note to self: Do not move to Earls Court.
Where do you wanna go south?
Lived here 15 years - tell me where you are going, and where from, and I'll tell you the night bus!
There's a direct route from Camden to Battersea Park? That doesn't take 45 minutes to an hour? Spill!
You're becoming one of us!
Actually, I thought you needed a passport to go south of the river anyway. I've never been there. What's it like? I've heard strange stories about it. Ok ok I'm joking, I have been. But for us North Londoners "don't you need a passport to go south of the river?" is a common joke :P
The only thing I'm sure you haven't discovered yet is good Mexican food. I know there's a few good Mexican restaurants around London - but don't ask me to tell you what they are because I can't remember :) However, I do know that my mum's partner is an expert in the 'real deal' because he has spent so much time IN Mexico (and in London restaurants) so I will ask him.
Sundays....everything around where I am opens on Sunday! But I don't want to burst your 'Sunday feeling' bubble so I will remind myself that actually, Boots and Woolworths don't. And really, they are such major shops here that might be pretty much the same thing as everything being shut. Except that they'll probably open on Sundays over December :)
I so agree about the biscuits, the diversity, the free stuff, the food AND especially the vinegar and chips!
Give it a few more weeks and you'll be singing 'Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner..."!
The passport joke is new to me! I will remember it.
Someone else (ripperlyn
) said that good Mexican food can be found in Greenwich. Can you confirm?
Also, I probably should have been more specific. London is a big city and I'm sure if you look hard enough you can find a good restaurant serving almost any type of cuisine. What I really miss is the 24-hour taco stand (kind of like a kebab stand) where you can get a beananchiss burrito for less than US$2. It's not classy food, but it's one of those tastes you develop when you live in a place for long enough and don't realize you're taking for granted until you move.
My Sunday feeling is helped along by the shops on my street, which are nearly all closed on Sunday. And even the major shops don't open until 11.
Vinegar and chips are brilliant. I also like chips and curry. Mmm.
It sounds very much as if the latter list makes all the things in the former list more than worthwhile. Have I mentioned how deliriously happy for you and utterly green with envy of you I am?
Here, have a tutu. =)
I think I just saw Sol Campbell, a very large English football player, lighting a Christmas tree outside Mornington Crescent tube station.
I think he would look just lovely in a tutu.
It's terrible. If it weren't illegal, I'd ask for someone to mail me a burrito from a -bertos in SD.
The rest is, indeed, incredibly awesomely awesome. :-D
Lack of Mexican food is a common problem in my travels. Boston and the Northeast in general suck for Mexican food. Europe too. And Hong Kong, fucking forget it. The first symptom of homesickness for me is a general craving for fajitas or a decent burrito. Next thing you know I have dreams about pickled jalepenos and fresh corn chips and salsa. Oh no...
Yup. I know what I'm going to be doing as soon as I get to SD for a visit. I'm so desperate, I may even go to the El Torito next to the condo.
Yeah. Especially not a California-style 24 hour taco stand where you can get a beananchiss burrito for under US$2. Not a chance.
2004-12-03 14:50 (UTC)
Re: Lack of mexican food across the pond
You KNOW it's bad when you're in Paris and, just past Bastille Square, there is a restaurant called Indiana Tex-Mex.
I nearly wept when I saw that. Deplorable Tex-Mex food is forgivable, but Indiana???? What-the-what, now?
Ooh. Right near Trafalgar Square, where all the embassies are located, is a restaurant. Called "The Texas Embassy." *thunk*
I read through my 2003 entries shortly after I arrived here. I was blown away. It wasn't until I got away from it that I could see how miserable and angry I was. I'm very glad I didn't decide to stay. That would have been incredibly stupid.
2004-12-03 15:38 (UTC)
Chocolate Digestive Biscuits
Sainsbury's used to have 'em. Of course, I horrified my friends by saying something raaaather American, "With a bit a of peanut butter, these would be fantasic."
For some reason, it hadn't occured to me to look for peanut butter. Since then, I've learned that even if I do find it, I shouldn't buy it. One of my JPL friends is coming to visit later this month and is bringing peanut butter for us.
Oh, and Sainsbury's still has chocolate digestive biscuits. They have all kinds of flavors of digestive biscuits. The name is a bit off-putting, though. I've stuck to the non-digestive biscuits so far.
Someone else has probably already pointed this out, but THERE IS MEXICAN FOOD IN GREENWICH.
Yes! I will go and find it. That will be good.
I guess I should have been more specific, though, because although I bet I can find good Mexican food with a little more hunting around, I will not find a 24 hour taco stand, where I can get a beananchiss burrito for under US$2. *sigh*
2004-12-03 16:45 (UTC)
re: Japanese tourists
They also stop in the middle of the escalators in the tube stations and noisily ponder their lostness.
The weird thing about that is that Japanese subway escalators have the exact same etiquette, and if you block the walking side people are liable to get irate. (Of course, in Japan getting irate involves standing there and staring sternly, or going around. This is JAPAN.) Point being this would be just as much of a faux-pas in Tokyo as in London.
Then again, I'm not sure Japanese tourists are actually from Japan, at least not the same way as normal people are... they seem to be some sort of special creature that, despite being Japanese, exists only outside Japan, and does unlikely things like walk around American national parks in slacks and a tie.
Then again, I'm not sure Japanese tourists are actually from Japan, at least not the same way as normal people are... they seem to be some sort of special creature that, despite being Japanese, exists only outside Japan,
Yes! That's why I said they spring from the sidewalks. They can't possibly have flown here from Japan. It's kind of like the antipodeans. The Australians I've met have all been lovely people. I think they grow the antipodeans in Earls Court.
Just a quick addition... Indian food isn't bad here in California... but they seem to go the extra mile in London. I guess it's like the significant Indian population, and a whole city full of people who can't stop eating it.
See, there are benefits to being an imperial power... one of the most important is called Vindaloo.
Yes! You can even get regional Indian food here. There's a restaurant called Kerala here which serves food from, you guessed it, Kerala. It's quite different from what you'd get in most Indian restaurants in California. No naan. No papadums. Lots of dishes involving plantains and mangoes.
The terminology for people from Asia here can be confusing to an American at first, too. "Asian" refers to Indians and Pakistanis. "East Asian" refers to Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, etc.
I think I need to have a vindaloo this weekend.
I always wanted to visit London and the United Kingdom. Your stories about living there makes the city seem more interesting to see.
Very cool. There's a lot to do in the city, so if you do plan a visit, my advice is to give yourself at least a week.
Antipodeans are cockroaches. If you look hard enough anywhere in this world, there they are doing whatever it is they do for fun. In Northern Ireland, I met so many it made me wonder if they closed down the country for fumigation.
I've met some very nice folks from down under, but they really don't make up for the Antipodeans...
I have the suspicion that they don't actually come from Australia or NZ. I think they're manufactured in the UK (ironed_orchid
suggests Earls Court as the breeding grounds) and then sprinkled around to help keep tourism from spiraling out of control.