Friday, March 20, 2009

me and my clapotis

are off to london to visit the queen.

well not really, i am actually going for work in the form of a conference and meetings in cardiff, but that starts wednesday. before then i am going to try and see some of london. i am staying at a little place in bloomsbury, just near the british museum, which is appropriate given my interest in all things virginia woolf. i arrive sunday morning british time (gaining a day on the way) and have plans to walk around and check out some of the shops etc along oxford st (liberty, john lewis), and then pop into the brit, and maybe the victoria and albert museum, and then take the tube to waterloo and hang out at iknit, maybe visiting the tate modern and the globe afterwards, crossing the river on the millenium bridge to see st pauls. followed by a collapse.

then i catch the train to cardiff, for meetings and networking and then a workshop presentation at the biggest nursing research conference in the world, being held in this rather swish building, complete with swish conference dinner. then on friday i am hoping to hire a car and drive up to this little town, which is the home of colinette, and roll around in yarn there for a while (i wonder if this is where dafydd lives?!). it is about a 3 hour drive from cardiff apparently, but seems a good way to see the countryside. i will have seen enough of cities by then i think.

i have just about everything ready, workshop prepared, money organised (not without some hiccups there), tickets, etc, and you may have noticed that the suitcase is not quite full. of course there a few more things to go in there, but not much, because i intend to be bringing a few things back. nothing for me of course! also, i have decided not to risk the knitting needle thing and will settle for some good movies and a book instead. and hopefully some sleep. it is kind of weird to think that this time tomorrow i will be in the sky somewhere headed to the other side of the world.

see you when i get back!
k xx


m1k1 said...

Can you feel the waves of envy coming at you from all directions? In the nicest possible way, of course. Can't wait to see your post trip post.
Have a good trip and Lots of Fun either side of the Being Growed Up and Conferencing.
word ver is latioxia. A new word for jet lag, perhaps.

Anonymous said...

Good choice on foregoing the needles and opting for movies.

And have fun. St Pauls is incredible. Seriously. I mean (I do suggest a walk up to the whispering circle, but no further... I nearly died of vertigo/claustrophobia/excessive stair climbing.

And the BM, and the V&A, Go to the Brit from the V& and then take the ferry up the Thames to the Modern - seeing Parliament from the river is something else. And from the Mod/Globe (right next door to each other), it's just a quick train trip to Waterloo (or nice walk) to the hallowed iKnit. :)

Can you pack me in your bag? Please? And let us know what the A380's like. Envious!

2paw said...

Have a wonderful trip!!! I hall live vicariously through your adventures!!

Fernicle said...

Have a super trip!
And if you go to the globe, try and see a performance, the place is rather dead and uninteresting without the real life ranting and drama! I stood in the rain and threw a little soggy strawberry at a dying Othello - a great way to experience the bard's work.
Will look forward to hearing all about it...

Bells said...

Gosh I'm jealous - and so happy for you that you are getting a wonderful opportunity. Just marvellous. I think you may well collapse after that huge list of must-see-and-do things but hey, what a way to get exhausted!

See you next month!

ps i wish Trent didn't live so far away. We'd have him over for dinner to keep him company.

Olivia said...

Have a wonderful time! Nothing beats a good bit of wandering time in London.

Rose Red said...

SO ENVIOUS!! You've probably just about landed as I type this (4.30 on Sunday afternoon). Wish I could be there with you. And if that suitcase was at my place, my cat probably would be there with you (she can't resist an open packed suitcase!!)

Can't wait to hear all about it!

Michelle said...

Oh wow - what a trip! Hope you have a fabulous time (I'm sure you will!)

Sarah said...

Hope it's a wonderful trip :o)