Right, Im settled on my bed, laptop well.. on my lap, ready to type about the latest stuff.
Well Dad and Lou arrived here safely 2 weeks ago, and I met them bright and early at the airport. Like early, in the fact I had never seen the tube that quiet in a morning before. Was so surreal to see them, cause it was like I had seen them yesterday, and my whole life in London was the dream.
We had a few days in London and I showed em around and we fit a lot in that short space of time. Maybe I could be a tour guide and make some pounds. Lloyds Luscious tours. yeaaah sounds pretty swell to me. We even got the boat up to Greenwich and stood the the Prime Meridian. Lou was so excited. She did this little dance, in a triangle, with her arms in the shape of a pretzel.
Then we flew off to Rome. Man is Rome not what I expected. There was tonnes of buildings, literally, they weigh a lot, just so old. Everywhere you go, there is something so old. Its such a busy city. We had a little hotel a block away from the Colusseum, and it was something very interesting. We got told to look our for Gypsies and cars. Lou and I imagined Esmareldas out of Hunchback from Notre Dame dancing around, but didnt see any. The Colusseum was amazing, to be standing inside, and shutting your eyes imagining the crowds and noise and the busy happenings. I loved it. But I started to get the flu from then on, but tried to ignore it. We saw the spanish steps and all this other old stuff, before we caught a train down to Naples.
Ok, naples is disguisting. The square in front of the station was like a developing country, not sort of what you imagine Italy to be like. We stayed in our hotel room, once we found one. Booked a tour of Pompeii, that picked us up from the hotel, an hour late, which was a nice surprise cause we didnt expect to see Pompeii anymore, so its a good strategy, was nice of them. Lou and I got sick of the tour guide and hid behind an old wall and went off and explored Pompeii by ourselves. Now, Pompeii was fantastic, its sooo huge and amazing. The best bit of Italy for me. We didnt have time to see it all, but I just love the past and an entire city that has been uncovered, its GREAT concept for me.
I got a lot sicker after that and spent the final days in Rome in my hotel room, hearing people wash up dishes in the alley in italian. Though I also cant think of italian food and not feel ill now. I think I just had too much, all I had was pizza or panini or pasta. I didnt know what anything else was in the menus.. I craved fresh fruit and salad. but no, i had carbs.
So we got back to London on Wednesday and have spent the last few days enjoying London, and English. Our hotel is right next to the British Museum, and so very central. We went to Camden Town Markets today, was cool, i enjoy them, there is just so so many stalls and the vibe is very alive.
Sunday is tomorrow and its my birthday. I dont really have any plans apart from having Wagamamas for Lunch with a few mates and Dad and Lou, only have one present to open, from my good mate Hadleigh in New Zealand, thanks Hads! Lou goes home on Monday, so wont have a late one either. Dad and I will just do stuff for another week, before he heads off then and i go back to work. Fun stuff!
Oh and of course, the biggest news of all, my Geese Jake and Blake, have hatched their goslings. Fluffy yellow things, im so proud of them. Spring is very much here. The last two days we have had weather of 28 degrees and 24 degrees. Very Rad indeed.
I sign off here. Keep safe everyone on the road tonight.
Lloyd’s Adventures in London (And Rome) 2005 Chapter 17