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"He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it." Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Golly, the time does fly. Today, shortly after 4 pm, Dan and I are getting on a flight to Calgary, Alberta where we will begin our multi-city exploration of my lovely home country. It is difficult to process that it's been over eight months since I've been there and I can't explain how surreal it feels when, every now and again, I realise that I am living in England. Despite this eight month gap, there are parts of me that still feel like I am going home after an extended vacation.

I can't wait to see friends and family and I am looking forward to knowing exactly where I am going at all times, something which is pretty rare in London. Strangely enough, I am even looking forward to the food in Regina. I am in no way fooled into thinking it is actually better, but it is familiar and comforting and I hope it's as good as I remember. I am especially looking forward to Viet Thai, a cheapy cheap little Vietnamese/Thai restaurant that serves up noodles and spring rolls. I've had epic dreams about this place! Though I have managed to find two similar places in London, it's just not quite the same.

Other culinary experiences I am looking forward to:

  • The lunch buffet at India House
  • All you can eat sushi (yes, in North America we like our buffets)
  • Butler's Fish and Chips at Regina Beach
  • Steak cooked on an outdoor BBQ
When I was a child, whenever a major event or holiday came up I would almost always get really sick, usually landing in the hospital, an IV in my arm, the result of a dreadful asthma attack. Though I thought I grew out of that, I must be feeling a lot of stress because last night after work I began to feel a heaviness in my chest and my voice started going. This morning I woke up to solid congestion, wheezing and absolutely no voice (Dan will be happy - he won't have to listen to me prattle during the ten hour flight). I am up steaming and drinking tea and it seems to be helping a bit. Ugh! The last thing I want to do is spend ten hours trapped in an airplane feeling like this or waste any of my vacation feeling ill.

Oh well, back to steaming. I feel like a dumpling.


(Image via Robert ParkeHarrison)

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Calista said...

I second your food cravings, VT is the best thai in the city. But I would add to your list:
- a huge pile of nachos and a pint of Dungarvon at the Bushwakker
- buffalo wings
- Cheezies

dan said...

hi, amy, came here via twitter. nice writing. to answer your question: bethnal green is lovely. nicely near to old st, brick lane, liverpool st, victoria park, london fields, etc. as safe as anywhere else in london.


Amy said...

Thanks for the note Dan. Unfortunately the Bethnal Green flat didn't work out - not because of the area but the flat wasn't at all what we were looking for. We've ended up in Islington and are pretty excited. Brick Lane for curry though!!