Saturday, 25 April
I slept in late, what a pleasure! Then I went to the internet café to check my inbox:
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 09:49:07 +0000
Subject: RE: THE Event - - - Let's go … End of June
Hi hi, I'm definitely going to TOAST. It'll be great to watch the South African Polo team play England and watch live bands on the field too.
One hitch: I have to wait for my debit card to work - they sent the card to the branch near me, but not the PIN… so I can't use the card… what kind?
I've settled in a house with 5 GREAT Afrikaans people - my room is tiny, but it's all I need, as I DO NOT want to collect more stuff while I'm here. Moving out of my place in Durban was just too much… I gave away bags and bags and bags of stuff!
Anyways - enough moaning… looking forward to seeing you at TOAST South Africa.
I seriously hope my PIN does arrive this week, so help them if it doesn't! So irritating! I was looking forward to seeing Nix; she was in my sister's year at school and was now a primary school teacher inReading. I will be interesting to hear some of her teaching stories and what she has been up to for the past few years, a double bonus would be checking out all the South African stalls at TOAST at the same time.
When I'd finished emailing Jane met me at the station and we headed into Central Londonfor the afternoon. It was quite an experience wandering through Carnaby Streetand all its intricate little alleyways and funky shops. I found my favourite shop there: Octopus and I bought a small purse that has either pictures or the word 'LOVE' all over it, depending on the way you hold it. I told Jane that when I've earned some cash I'm going back there to buy the matching bag. Then we grabbed some picnic food from Marks & Sparks and headed to Hyde Park to sit and people watch. I was keen to explore but Jane's feet were killing her, so I left her in the shade of a tree and headed off to use the public toilet. On my walk I found the Serpentine Lake; it was beautiful, the sun was glistening off the water and the birds and the general populous were all very relaxed and contentedly bustling around. After my introduction to London's public toilet facilities (Traveller's tip: always carry tissues with you!) I managed to get Jane to join me in absorbing a few moments by the water. It was a lethargically pleasant way to wind down the week.