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A Wish, The Cliffs and Irish Music

Posted by Jen on May-31-2010

Ivan and I had breakfast at the Aaron House B&B on May 29, 2010.  We had baked beans, over medium eggs with toast and tea.  Lil Dave had bananas on toast.

We got picked up by the green Paddy Wagon bus at 10:05 am.

We started driving.  Our first stop was Corcomroe Abbey.

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It was nice there.  I saw lots of graves there.

We drove even more.  Our guide Martin said we had to make a wish at the wishing well.  Martin said we have to stand on a stone and face away from the well.  You hold the coin in your right hand and throw it over your left shoulder while you make your wish.  The coin must land in the water.  If it doesn’t land in the water, the opposite of your wish will come true instead.  I made a wish.

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I was worried that my coin didn’t make it into the water.  But, one of the girls said that it had.  Lil Dave made a wish and I’m sure you can guess what he wished for.  Yes, that’s right, more bananas!

The day was mostly overcast.

We stopped in a small place called Doolin.  It was time for lunch at Fitzpatrick’s Bar.  All the tour buses were there since it was the only restaurant open for lunch.  Ivan got into line.  He ordered our seafood chowders.  He handed me my chowder since the table was near the line.  He ate his chowder in line.  He finished it even before he could pay.  Lil Dave got a chicken and banana chowder. The chowders were delicious and very filling.  Seafood Chowder is a popular Irish dish.

Our next stop was the Cliffs of Moher.  It’s a popular destination.  Martin told us that an average of 6 suicides happen ever year at the cliffs.  We walked up the stairs to get a good view and take some pictures.

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It’s real pretty.  The Cliffs of Moher has been seen in the movies Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince and The Princess Bride.  We also saw the O’Brien’s Tower.  You can go to the tower to pay €2 for a better for of the cliffs.  Martin said it wasn’t worth it.  There’s another side that you can possibly see puffins.  But, it was a far walk.  So, we just walked around to waste time.  We had an hour there which was way too much time.

Our group consisted of 16 people on the smaller green tour bus.  Some people left since we had met up with a few people from the 6 day Northern Ireland tour earlier.

We started driving again.  Martin told us that the town we’re staying in doesn’t have ATMs so we should get money in Adare.  We had 30 minutes to walk around Adare.  We just checked out the gift shops and bought water and dark chocolate Kit Kats.

We couldn’t believe that we had an hour and a half until our destination.  We drove so much today.  I’m not sure why we sleep so much on the bus.  It just makes you tired being on the bus and watching the scenery.  Even with loud music, you just fall asleep.

We were dropped off at the Four Winds B&B at 6:30 pm in Annascaul, Ireland.  It’s a really nice house.  The surrounding are beautiful and green.  Right next door, there’s a field filled with sheep.

We had a long day.  We got freshened up.  We decided we should walk to the pub to get food.  Our guide Martin said that last call for food would be at 8 pm.  Also, there was going to be a party at the pub for a local man who’s turning 50 years old at 9 pm.

We arrived at the Up the Kingdom Pub.  Up the Kingdom is the hostel and pub that is owned by Paddy Wagon Tours.  Ivan ordered us the special that included a chicken vegetable soup, fish and chips and an apple pie.  Lil Dave got fried bananas and chips and a banana pie.  The food was average – the best part was the apple pie.  Ivan and I had some red Chilean wine.

It was 9 pm and nothing was happening yet.  Ivan asked the waitress when the party was.  She said it was 10 pm.  He asked Where are they now?  She said that people drink at home and then go out to the pub.

We decided to take a walk.  We saw a Canadian couple from our group.  They were headed to a bar nearby.  We decided to check it out.  There were a lot more people in this bar.  Ivan ordered the red Chilean wine.

A band would be coming on at 10 pm.  We got a table that had a good view of the band.  We chatted and waited for the band to start.

It was two guys – one guitarist and an accordion player.  The band started playing Irish music.  We recognized a song we heard at The Irish House Party in Dublin.  The band was good.

We noticed the other people went back to Up the Kingdom.  So, Ivan thought we should leave and check it out.

We started walking up the street.  We saw two Australian girls.  They said that nobody was really in the Up the Kingdom pub.  We weren’t sure why the party wasn’t started.  Our first guide Gabriel was saying that it would be a huge party.

We thought that we should head back.  We lost our table at the other bar.

We used the internet for awhile .  It was dark out and you could hear sheeps baa’ing.  It was time to get some rest.

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Paddy Wagon Tours

Posted by Jen on May-30-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I were picked up for the Paddy Wagon Tours at 8:15 am on May 28, 2010.  There was a big group of 32 people and 1 monkey on the bus.  Some were doing the 3 day, 6 day and even just a 1 day tour. 

We started driving.  The bus has really big windows so you can see the beautiful scenery around you.  Our bus driver and guide was named Gabriel. 

We stopped at the nice village Cong for a lunch break.  We went to the River Cafe.  Lil Dave brought his own banana and honey sandwich.  Ivan and I shared a vegetable soup.  We each had a great chicken panini.

We drove even more.  Ivan, LIl Dave and I slept a lot on the bus.  I think it was because of the rocking of the bus and the great green scenery that was rolling by.  Gabriel liked to sing songs like Molly Malone.  He even sang one that he wrote.

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We saw a really huge loch (lake) and we stopped to take pictures of it.

We stopped at Connemara. 

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Here, we saw the beautiful Kylemore Abbey.  We walked to the Craft Shop to look around.

There’s also a neo-Gothic on the grounds, but it was far to walk there.

We hopped back on the bus.  We drove for an hour and a half to Galway. 

Gabriel said that we’d meet for dinner at Monroe’s at 7:30 pm.  Most of the group were dropped off at the hostel.  If you paid more money, you could stay in a Bed & Breakfast.

We were dropped off at the Aaron House B&B.  Ivan wanted to chill in the room for awhile before heading out.  We used the free wi-fi internet.

We had a Bulmer’s Cherry cider at a pub on Shop Street.  Lil Dave had a nice non-alcoholic banana cider.  We told him it had alcohol in it.  This made him act weird.  He started dancing around the room and jumping on people’s backs for no reason. 

Lil Dave saw a sign outside a pub that was serving monkey pizza.  He decided he’d have the tasty monkey pizza which was banana pizza.  He said he would walk around town and meet us in the room later on. 

We walked to the pub Monroe’s where we’d be having dinner with the whole group.  Ivan only saw a few people from our group and it was already 7:30 pm.

We waited longer and more people started showing up.  There was a private room in the back set up for us.  There were about 35 people there.

Ivan and I ordered ricotta and spinach ravioli and a salmon dish.  We were joined by 2 Americans.  It was Vicki and Megan, a mother and daughter, from Pensacola, Florida.  They’re currently residing in Southern Spain right now.    

It took forever to get our food.  It was nice chatting to Vicki about their travels and Spain.  Her husband works on the Military Base in Spain.

The food was delicious!  I really liked the salmon dish.  It came with a great creamy sauce and went great with the mashed potatoes.  The bill was taking forever to come.  Vicki and Megan wanted to leave.  Ivan told them to leave the money or just give the waitress it.

We wanted to get out of there as well.  It was 2 hours since we arrived and it was boring just sitting in a plain room.  We ended up giving the waitress our money and leaving.

The group was scheduled to head to Coyotes sometime after dinner.  We saw a guy in the street that was giving out stickers for a free shot at Coyotes.  Ivan thought we should check it out.

We arrived at Coyotes.  There was a girl singing a Lady Gaga song.  It wasn’t karaoke, but the quality was about the same.  It was nothing special.  The bar was really empty. 

Ivan thought we should leave.  I thought it was a good idea.

We got back to the B&B and used the internet.  Then, we saw a great episode of Spooks.

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Chillin’ in Dublin

Posted by Jen on May-29-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to a sandwich place for lunch.  I had a BBQ chicken sandwich.  Lil Dave got a banana and honey sandwich.  Ivan had a good tuna sandwich.

We walked to the Paddy Wagon Tours office.  Ivan booked us in for the 6 Day Southern Ireland tour.  It starts tomorrow. 

We went shopping at Penny’s which is run by Primark, but under a different name.  I bought a light jacket.  Ivan got a few t-shirts, socks and a jumper.

We all chilled in the room for awhile.  I worked on the blog.  It was great to have a day without too much activity.

Ivan and I walked to Temple Bar area for dinner.   There was good music playing by The Busketeers. 

We chose Gourmet Burger Kitchen for dinner.  Lil Dave got a banana and chicken burger.  Ivan and I shared a Moroccan salad. 

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I got a chicken burger with avocado.  Ivan ate the falafel burger.  The food was quite good.

We grabbed some snacks at Tesco for breakfast and the tour.  Then, we decided to head back to get some rest.

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Walking House Party

Posted by Jen on May-28-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I got some lunch at Quizno’s on May 26, 2010.

We walked to the Tourism Office building.  It’s in a church.  I asked one of the guides from the walking tours if it was a church.  She said that in Dublin, they don’t believe in tearing down old churches.  So, instead they convert them into something else.  It’s great to keep the beautiful churches instead of demolishing them.

Today, we’d be going on the Highlights of Dublin tour with Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin.   The tour was very affordable at €5 per person.  Our tour guide was an Irish man named Michael.

I call it a speed walking tour because our guide walked super fast.  We saw many different sights around Dublin like the Mansion House, Grafton Street, St. Ann’s church, Temple Bar area, Trinity College and the Bank of Ireland.  St. Ann’s church is where Bram Stroker got married.

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Bell Tower at Trinity College

The buildings in Trinity College are beautiful.  It was a great tour.  I think visiting buildings, places and learning the history of a city or town is important to learn more about the place and it’s people.

We returned to the hotel for awhile.  We got ready for the night.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I took a cab to Lansdowne Hotel.  Here, we were attending the event The Irish House Party.  It comes with a four course meal and entertainment afterwards.

We sat down in a big room.  Our table consisted of a big group of people from Finland and then a couple who sat next to us (not sure where they were from but it wasn’t England or America).

Our appetizers came out.  Ivan and I each got the tasty vegetarian soup.  Lil Dave got a good banana salad with extra bananas.

Then, we got our main courses.  Ivan got a great salmon dish.  I had a good chicken breast with a rich roast gravy.  Lil Dave got a banana stuffed chicken breast with a creamy sauce.  Our dishes all came with mashed potatoes and two small regular potatoes.

Dessert came next.  It was small pieces of carrot cake, a Irish cheesecake and an apple crumble.  The cakes were delicious.

Tea and Coffee came out next which they count as the fourth course.  Not even a course, more like a drink to accompany your dessert.

Next came the entertainment.  Our host was an Irish guy.  He had a funny name but I can’t remember what it was.  He introduced the band.  I do remember Fergal who was playing Uilleann pipes (Irish pipes similar to the bagpipes) and the Irish dancer and concertina player was named Maeve.

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They started playing an Irish song.  The band was really quite good!

Maeve did some Irish dancing.  She made it look so easy.  But, I’m sure it would take years to learn her Irish dance moves.

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The host brought up people to learn Irish dancing.  It was fun watching people try to dance.  Lil Dave wanted to dance, but there were no monkey girls to dance with.  He still danced around on the table.

There were also sing-a-longs to the music.  We sang along to the song Molly Malone.  It was really fun.  We had a great time eating good food, listening to great Irish music and seeing some cool dancing.

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Dublin Bars

Posted by Jen on May-27-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I checked out of the Holiday Inn Express in Croydon on May 25, 2010. 

We got the train to Gatwick Airport which took 20 minutes.

We went to check in our luggage at the Ryan Air desk.  It was so busy since there was only one person working there.

We grabbed some sandwiches at Pret a Manger for lunch.

We boarded the plane a few minutes later.  Lil Dave was mad that he had to be in my luggage during the plane ride.  It’s just too expensive for an extra seat for him.  He’s lucky it’s only a short flight!  We left at 1:15 pm for our hour flight.

We jumped on a shuttle headed to our hotel.  We checked in to the Best Western Premier Academy Plaza Hotel.  It sounds like we’re staying at a school.

It was nice that we got a chance to chill out.  We watched tv and used the free wi-fi.

Lil Dave decided to stay in to do his Math homework for his internet class.  He also loves to jump on beds while watching monkey cartoons.  We couldn’t take him on the pub tour we would be headed to.  He’s much too young to drink alcohol.

Ivan and I walked to Porterhouse Central.  It was where the pub tour meets.  We ordered some dinner.  We shared the vegetable moussaka and the chicken breast.  The chicken breast meal was really good, but the moussaka was pretty plain.  We had a glass of red wine with our meal.

We met up with the tour guide Kia.  Kia is a 22 year old who’s Irish and American.  It was her first night as a tour guide for The Dublin CIty Pub Crawl.  Our group consisted of 3 Canadian girls and us.  In the Porterhouse Central, we got a free sample of beer.  Ivan chose a stout and I got a light lager.  We only drank a little since we already had some wine earlier.  It’s not really good to mix drinks.

Kia took us to the next pub O’Neills.  There’s two taps at the table – one filled with Guinness and the other one with Carlsberg.  We thought it was cool that you didn’t have to leave the table to get a beer.  I bet it’s really handy during sports matches. 

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We each got to pour our own Guinness.  I don’t usually like stout.  But, I drank almost all of my half pint.  It must have been the influence of all the drinks I already drank.  I think Guinness is like a meal – a bit heavy and tastes a little like coffee.  Chips and sausages were brought out for us to eat.  Ivan and I nibbled on a few tasty chips.  We heard an Irish guy singing Irish tunes.  We only heard him for a few minutes.

It was time to walk to our next bar.  The next one was called Rush.  Here, the bar is known for a shot that contains Bailey’s and Kahlua.  It sounded really sweet and similar to an already existing drink.  Ivan and I had a glass of house red wine.

We walked to a bar that was playing cool music called Capitol.  We chilled out there for awhile.  Kia was a good guide telling us stories about her travels and asking the group about their travels.

We walked to our last destination Dandelion.  It was busier than the other places we’ve visited tonight.  Ivan was trying to get us two cocktails.  There’s only one guy who creates the cocktails.  The 3 Canadian girls ordered after Ivan and they got their drinks first.  Ivan complained but it didn’t seem to matter.  He said forget it and give me my money back.  He decided to get a glass of red wine for us to share. 

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We said bye to Kia.  She had an early start in the morning, so she had to get home.  We stuck around for a few more minutes.  Then, we said goodbye to the Canadian girls.

We stopped to get a Subway sandwich to share later.  We got back to the hotel and ate our chicken breast sandwich.  Ivan was so tired he fell asleep afterwards. I used the internet for awhile then went to bed.  We definitely had a fun night!

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We Will Rock You

Posted by Jen on May-26-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to Wetherspoons Pub for lunch on May 24, 2010.  Ivan had a 5 bean chili wrap while I had a Mexican wrap.  Lil Dave got a wrap with bananas, chicken and avocado.  The food was good.

We got a train from Croydon to the West End.  I bought a Moleskine notebook at Foyles.

Ivan got us some Magners Pear Cider at the Montagu Pyke.  He bought Lil Dave a banana juice.  Ivan’s brother, Neal showed up a few minutes later.  We chatted with Neal about his recent trip to Cuba.  He bought Ivan a keychain with two bongo drums and he gave me a keychain that was shaped like a cigar.  Very cool!

We walked to Yo! Sushi for dinner.  On Mondays, it’s called !Blue Mondays where the blue dishes are £2.20 per dish.  The dishes are placed on a conveyor belt and you can grab what you what.

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If you don’t see anything you like, you can order off the £2.20 menu with the cooks.  Unlimited still or sparkling water is available for £1 per person.  The sushi was really good.  It was great that they had appetizers, noodles, rice and sushi plates available on the special blue menu.  Ivan and I didn’t eat as much since we had a late lunch.  Lil Dave was happy that he got custom banana sushi since he provided the chefs with the bananas.

We said bye to Neal.  Ivan, Lil Dave and I walked to see the musical We Will Rock You.

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The musical is set in futuristic London where making your own music or playing musical instruments is illegal.  The music played are songs of Queen.  It’s a spectacular musical.  The costumes, sets, hairstyles, make-up and music are simply amazing.  There were 4 stand-ins since the regular people weren’t there.  The best two were the guy who played Galileo Figaro and the woman who played Killer Queen.  It’s a must-see show if you’re ever in London.

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London Carr

Posted by Jen on May-26-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I left Neal’s flat in Stratford on May 23, 2010.  We took our backpacks and jumped on the train.

It was another lovely warm day in London.  Arriving in South Bank, we walked to the restaurant Eat. Ivan got a falafel wrap and a tomato and basil soup.  I had a chicken and basil sandwich.  Lil Dave had a banana soup with a banana and peanut butter sandwich.

We walked to the National Theatre.  We stored our backpacks in the free cloak room. 

We went to sit down for the play London Assurance.  National Theater is a unique theater.  The stage is big and very open.  The stage revolves around.  Ivan said the stage can actually sink down as well.  

The play was written in 1841.  The actors talked in Olde English, so we had to pay close attention.  It was a really funny play. 

We grabbed our backpacks and then took the train to Croydon.  Croydon is located in Surrey, not London.

We checked in to the Holiday Inn Express.  Ivan took a shower and I got ready.

Lil Dave stayed at the hotel so he could watch monkey movies and jump on the bed.  Jimmy Carr isn’t appropriate for young monkeys or children.

We walked to Wetherspoons Pub to get something to eat.  Ivan started off with a tomato soup.  It was too tomato-y for me.  Ivan had a cous cous salad with chickpeas.  I had a nice BBQ chicken melt. 

We walked towards the theater.  We took our seats at the Fairfield Halls.  Our seats were front row a little off center.  Comedian Jimmy Carr came on.  He’s a posh guy from London who tells rude jokes.  It was hard to hear him since the sound wasn’t good.  It sounded echo-y.  Sometimes we couldn’t hear the jokes.

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Jimmy Carr always asks his audience if they have any questions.  One odd one was What’s your favorite Pokemon?  He totally made fun of that guy.  He thought he came on a special bus. 

A guy wanted to ask a question.  He said the question wasn’t for Jimmy Carr though.  The guy named Adam asked his girlfriend to marry him.  Jimmy Carr said that the girl could do better.  The girl Selina said yes.  Jimmy Carr was confused since she didn’t look pregnant.  Jimmy Carr thought it was awesome that he was sharing his love with the public.  He asked the staff to bring a bottle of champagne to the newly engaged couple.  I didn’t think it was very romantic proposing at a comedy show. 

The show was awesome.  Jimmy Carr is hilarious.  His style is mostly one-liner jokes.  Ivan thought that he might have toned down his jokes.

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Mexican Comedy

Posted by Jen on May-25-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to Nando’s for lunch on May 22, 2010.  Ivan and I shared a red pepper dip.  Lil Dave got a pita with bananas and peri peri sauce.  Ivan and I each had a chicken breast pita with peri peri sauce.  The pitas are very filling.

Ivan took me to Covent Garden.  Ivan said that we’d meet in an hour.  He wanted to check out the music shops.  I walked through the shops and the market looking for a purse.  I bought a cheap £3 purse from Primark last week that already fell apart.  I guess that’s why it was so cheap.  There’s lots of cool things for sell like clothes, purses, journals and purses.  I couldn’t find a reasonably priced purse.

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I was done early and went to the courtyard where the street performers put on shows.  It was really crowded today.  I sat down and read my newspaper.  One show I saw a lady juggling swords upside down. 

I was still sitting down when our meeting time arrived.  But, I didn’t see Ivan at all.

I walked back to where he dropped me off.  I thought that he might be there instead.  I watched another act in the courtyard.  The guy was doing weird things.  I’m not sure if he was a magician or not.  I was getting worried and mad.

He finally came an hour later. I wasn’t too happy.  But, he told me his bus took forever since it was in traffic. 

We walked back to the internet cafe we used the the other day.  I remember seeing cool bags there.  I saw a cool pirate-themed Toki Doki Lesportsac fake purse there.  Ivan said he would buy it for me.  I love it!  It’s a great size and really cute.

We walked to the Mexican restaurant called El Camino in Soho.  We started off with guacamole and chips.  The guacamole was delicious!  We got another bowl of guacamole.  I noticed three girls from the musical Hair eating in the corner.  The food took awhile to come.  Ivan got a grilled tilapia salad.  I got a chicken burrito.  The food was great.  Ivan noticed on the bill that there was a service charge already added.  We didn’t see it listed on the menu.  Ivan asked the server about it.  He said that the service charge actually doesn’t go to the servers, it goes to the owner.  Ivan took the service charge off and tipped our server with cash.  We’re not sure now if the server lied about the service charge going to the owner and thought we’d pay the service charge and tip him extra.

We walked to The Comedy Store. 

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Ivan picked out seats in the second row.  There was a stag party (bachelor party) in front of us.  The groom-to-be was dressed in a Prison outfit.  We saw six comedians  The funniest guy was Mike Gunn.  Our host Paul Tompkinson was really funny as well.  We had a great time watching the funny comedians.  I believe laughter is good for the soul.

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Beatbox Market

Posted by Jen on May-24-2010

It was great to sleep in on May 21, 2010.  We had a late start today. 

We went to Borough Market.  It was a nice warm day in London.  There’s all sorts of things being sold there like cheese, salsa, burgers, bread, meat, wine and beer. 

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Ivan and I went in search of lunch.  We each got a nice chicken burger.

We walked around trying all the samples of cheese and dips.  Ivan bought a veggie burger on lettuce. 

Ivan found a French drink called Elexia.  It’s a sugar-free lemonade.  It was really tasty and refreshing,.

Ivan got an apple cider a few minutes later.  We tried some healthy granola.  Ivan bought a small bag of the Mini Magoo’s ginger granola.

We weren’t sure what to do next.  Ivan thought of something, so we jumped on a train towards South Bank.  We sat down and chatted in the shade.

South Bank is a great pedestrianized area.  We walked towards the Udderbelly.  There was lots of street performers putting on a show. 

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Some of the performers are quite good.  Ivan went to pick up tickets at the Udderbelly box office. 

We checked out the bookstore Foyles.  Then, we sat down and chilled outside the store.  They have a fake grass area that has lawn chairs on it.

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Ivan and I went to the Udderbelly.  We each got a yummy Pimm’s (Pimm’s with lemonade, apples and cucumbers).  We played a game of huge Connect Four (a big sized Connect Four game that’s almost as tall as me).  Ivan won 2 out of 3 games. 

We got seats in the front row for the Shlomo in Boxed show.  Shlomo is a great beatboxer from London.  He’s so good that he can create a whole song using just his voice.  Boxed is a story that Shlomo created. 

There’s no music or sounds playing – everything is done by the voices of the beat boxers.  The story is about a deaf guy played by Shlomo.  He’s picked on by everybody.  He meets a guy who teaches him beat boxing.  He then finds out that his beat boxing can turn back time.  Then, three girls join the two guys in beat boxing.  Another beat boxing group challenge them to a duel.  I really enjoyed when the beat boxers did songs.  They create the sounds and vocals of a song and it turns out sounding just like the real thing.  It’s amazing stuff! 

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The show was really good.  We wished there wasn’t that much story and more performances of the songs.  We still enjoyed it very much.

We had a tasty chicken burger in the Udderbelly.  Ivan and I walked across the bridge to a bus stop.  We waited for the Ghost Bus Tours to come. 

The big black Routemaster Ghost bus appeared.  We got some seats upstairs.

Ivan told me if you say Ghost Bus Tours really fast it sounds like Ghostbusters.  Try it, it really does!  Anyway, the bus takes you on a drive through London and the tour guide tells you about the scary things that has happened in places we pass by.  There was also a safety bus inspector on board who goes a bit crazy.  It was actually a lame tour.  It wasn’t really scary.  The stories were kind of interesting though.  Ivan read lots of good reviews that it was hilarious.  It was only a little funny to us.

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Indian Food and Enron

Posted by Jen on May-24-2010

Ivan and I had Pret a Manger for lunch on May 20, 2010.  I had a good chicken and avocado sandwich.  Ivan had a salad.  Lil Dave went to visit his dad’s friend in Earl’s Court.

We took the bus to North London.  I wanted to see Abbey Road.  There was a lot of people taking pictures on the crosswalk that The Beatles made famous.

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Ivan took some pictures of me walking along the crosswalk.  Abbey Road Studios is nearby.  There’s tons of graffiti of fans signing the wall in front of Abbey Road.

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Ivan says they paint it over every 3 months or so.

We took the bus back to Central London.  Ivan wanted to try a smoothie at Snog. I got a Bittersweet Chocolate yogurt smoothie with strawberries, smart foods and blueberries.  It was good but the chocolate was overwhelming, so you couldn’t really taste the other ingredients in the smoothie.  Ivan got a Natural Yogurt smoothie with smart foods, strawberries and raspberries.  Ivan’s was better since you could taste everything.

We had some time to kill.  Ivan took me to Neal’s yard.  He had a cup of English Breakfast tea.  I didn’t have anything since I was still full from the smoothie.

Then, we quickly walked through Covent Garden.  Ivan bought me a heart mirror and a monkey key chain for Lil Dave at the cool store Octopus.

Ivan and I walked to Masala Zone.  It’s a great Indian restaurant with colorful puppets hanging from the ceiling.  We both got a grand thali.

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It comes with rice, papadum, dahl, yogurt, potato and peas, mixed vegetables in a spicy sauce, an onion bhaji, chapatti and your choice of a curry.  Ivan likes to spread out the rice and put his curry all over it.  The thali was awesome.

We went to get tickets for Enron next.  Earlier in the week, we were laughing about how we wouldn’t want to watch Enron since we thought it would be boring.  Ivan read reviews online saying that it was a good play.  So, we thought we should give it a go.

I was really tired.  So, I thought the play was good but a bit weird during the first act.  Ivan really liked it.  I got some Red Bull during the interval to wake myself up for the second act.

I didn’t think there would be dancing and singing, but there was.  It’s a very light-hearted and entertaining play.  I didn’t know much about the Enron story, so it was interesting to me.  Ivan thinks it’s the best play he’s seen in the last few weeks here in London.  My favorite was the musical Hair.  It’s full of great songs and a good story.

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