Thanks Mom and Dad!
Hello from Chico, CA, Yup, that's right, we're back home safe and sound on a wonderful American keyboard. The following should fill you in on the last few days of our trip, and wrap up this string of online journals. So after our last journal entry we shop, shop, shopped with Deena and Adam at Camden Market, which is a huge sprawling market where one could find just about anything. Nate bought 2 pairs of sun glasses and a gift, and Kristina bought a few shirts. After shopping we met up with Deena and Adam's friends at different pubs. On the way to get Indian food for dinner we adopted a plant named Oscar (we found it in a dumpster). The curry and nan was delicious and the plant made it all the way home with us that night. The next day was Monday, and the four of us took a train to Aylesbury to get a glimpse of the English countryside and meet Adam's parents for a late lunch. The pub food was good and hardy and fueled a short hike through some hills in nearby Wendover. Adam's parents then took the car home and we hiked back to the house he grew up in, stopping at a chocolate shop to have some treats. After mingling with Adam's parents some, we all decided it would be a good idea to play a game of soccer in Adam's back yard. We followed this with some sandwiches and pizza for dinner, and headed to the local pub (where Adam really grew up) to get a few drinks and hang out with some locals before we caught the last train home. The next day we shopped a little more while Adam and Deena were working, and then met up in the theater district. We had dinner at a funny Mediterranean restaurant that was decorated like an opera house. After dinner we all attended a hilarious play about a 25-year college reunion. About midway through the first half of the play Deena walked out of the theater, when she didn’t return we new something was amiss. At intermission Adam and Becky (a friend of Deena’s) checked on Deena and reported that she was being sick. Deena remained in the bathroom till the end of the play, and then biked (with a helmet on of course) home with Adam while we took the underground. By the time they made it back to their flat (or apartment) Adam felt he was going to be sick also. The two of them blamed it on the lunchmeat they had eaten earlier, Deena claiming that the English don’t use as many preservatives as Americans do. Later that evening we knew for a fact that it was definitely not the lunchmeat. As we listened to Adam being sick in the bathroom of his small flat Kristina felt it was her turn, so she ran into the kitchen and threw up in the sink. This was all very amusing to Nate until he had to unclog the sink and clean up the mess since he was the only person there who wasn’t sick… yet. Not too much later everyone had their own bucket, the house smelt like puke, and everyone was groaning. We tried to sleep at some point, but if one person got sick, they would wake up the next person and they would get sick, thus starting a chain reaction. The next day, our last full day in London, and one in which Deena and Adam had many things planned for us to do, was in fact spent eating crackers, drinking ginger ale, and watching television. Not the most fulfilling/exciting last day in London but we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way considering the circumstances. Deena and Adam felt horrible about us missing a few of the famous tourist attractions in London, but there hospitality was amazing and greatly appreciated. And we all agreed that experiencing English culture was more important then visiting stinky tourist sites anyway. So all said and done the trip was a success. We learned a lot, and had a wonderful time when we weren’t sick (being sick actually made for some good laughs some of the time also). Thanks to everyone for the all their support and interest throughout the whole thing, and we hope everyone enjoyed the journals. Oh yeah, and hopefully everyone will be receiving an email with a link to access our pictures if you’re interested. Thanks again, and goodbye. Love, Nate and Kristina