Saturday, July 23, 2005

Shoes, ships, sealing wax, cabbages, kings, etc.

A brief update on my trip: Absolutely lovely.

Oh. That's not enough? London is a beautiful town, and I had a wonderful time-the trip was far too short. We toured it high and low, touched most (if not all) the usual tourist spots and some very unusual ones. The frum community is quite warm and friendly (I can see why some use the word "ghetto" to classify it, but it's not any more ghetto than Flatbush or Boro Park ;) ) All in all it was a very good experience, one I would gladly do again (although hopefully when the pound is down or the dollar is up...). I didn't meet any bloggers, though I kinda hoped I would (though I dunno how I would have recognized them ;) ).

Culturally, a bit different...fascinating. And I'm not SUCH a backwards, uncivilized American, okay? And Americans are not as stupid as all you Londoners make them out to be...still smarting from 1774?

Skittles are absolutely delicious! (And kosher in England, for those who're wondering..)

The best sign I saw-on the other side of the tower bridge: "Caution -- Haschem" (I might be spelling the second word wrong, but I found it quite wonderful ;) )

For you fellow HP obsessors: we found a pub called the Hog's Head and couldn't resist-we went inside and ordered Cokes just to be able to say we did ;) Unfortunately, they didn't serve butterbeer :( And I would like to publicly thank the two people who cause the Deluxe edition to be sitting on my bed when I arrived home ;)

Hashgacha pratis:
1. We got a bit lost and met an Israeli couple that couldn't really speak very good English, but needed directions, and we were able to help them. In fluent Hebrew ;) It's always nice to see why you had to make that wrong turn...

2. We left this past Thursday. We had decided to take the Tube to the airport as it was cheapest, but at 12:30 AM Thursday morning our hosts convinced us that we'd be much happier taking a cab and paying the extra fare. Needless to say, they were right. B"H we got to the airport on time and didn't even hear about the bombings until we landed in the USA.


Stx said...

Since when am I two people? Although I'd be glad to take the credit... ;)

You _had_ to say the 1774 thing, just for history's sake, right? Hehe, caughtcha.

I missed the "sign" comment, like the Hog's Head one, and was blown away by the second hashgacha story...even though I'd already heard it, a condensed version of it, at least.

defen said...

Nice to have you back! :)

Karl said...

If you really wanted ghetto, you should have gone to Stamford Hill!
Bloggers are obvious to spot - when you know what you are looking for.

EN said...

Great to have you back!

TRW said...

Thanks, all!

Changed it, Stx-I had done it seperately, but for some reason it condensed. Dunno why.

Lvnsm27 said...

also glad you're back

EN said...

Can I please interview you?

TRW said...

Um...ok-I think I'll try it.

TRW said...

Since you asked so nicely ;)

EN said...

Yipeee!! ;-)

1) Describe in detail a play that you would produce on Broadway.

2)If you were to find a manuscript from the Rambam that was never seen by anyone, what would you do with it?

3)If you could be one character in HP which one would you be and why?

4)If you were to write a meforash on Torah what sefer would you write it on and why?

5)Describe the best thing your future husband could do for you to make you happy.

Now the rules again:
( You need to put these in your post)
1) Leave me a comment saying "interview me please."
2)I will respond by asking you five questions ( not the same as above)
3)You will update your blog/site with the answers to the questions.
4) You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5) When others comment asking to be interviewed you will ask them five questions.

(Thanx ;-) )