So yesterday was my day ALONE! :D
And somehow I managed to not get lost, so...YAY ME!
I accompanied Änna until Russell Square where we separated: she went off to a 9 hours-marathon of classes while I walked from Russell Square Garden to Soho Square garden. I sat down with my coffee I grabbed at the British Museum and enjoyed myself with watching busy people while being absolutly not busy for myself.
A slow walk brought me through Chinatown to Covent Garden and I spend about two hours at Stansford's (a bookshop that specializes in maps and general books about traveling) until the other shops started to open. But I didn't buy anything in there.
In Cecil Court I visited the different antiquarian bookshops without spending money...those beuatiful books where way above my budget. But someday I'll visit the shop with the children's books again and get one of those awesome illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, I swear.
Along Charing Cross can be found some secondhand bookshops which are less expensive and most of them are offering a small collection of books by the Folio Society (I'm hunting them like mad...especially the fictional ones). Henry Podres Bookshop can be located there too and it was here where I found a copy of 'The Lord of Flies' by the Folio Society. <3 Plus I met an equally mad-about-books man from Germany who was introduced to Abebooks.com by the owner of the shop "So it haz a systäm like Google? I kan put mei kweschtion in zere..or mei buckrekwest and it will faind it?" - "It's more like eby, sir." - "oooh, ebay..I noh ebay!".
I went off to Picadilly Circus and my paradise: the biggest waterstone's EVER.
Honestly I spend almost three hours with discovering the four floors and I went out very very happy with a linenbound copy of 'The Time Traveler's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger, 'Pride and Prejudice' by Seth Grahame-Smith, 'The Name of the Wind' by Patrick Rothfuss, 'Moon over Soho' by Ben Aaronovitch (Volume two of his series, I finished 'Rivers of London' just this morning) and a nice journal with parrot on the cover in which I might keep the stuff from traveling.
In a small shop nearby I bought postcards and afterwards sat down in a small café to enjoy some sandwiches with bacon and brown sauce while writing to Germany.
Most time now was spend wandering through Soho in search of a pharmacy to buy some plasters since my feet were literally killing me. I finally bought them from an Indian in his tiny tiny shop together with some 8pound-cigarettes (maybe I should live in Londin to quit smoking...).
I went off to Oxford Street, turned wrong at one point which ended in heading in the wrong direction and having a break at Costa Coffee to tape up my feet and drinking coffee.
On the right way I bought some black tea for the first time (Afternoon Earl Grey) and then came to THE DISNEY STORE! *A*
The staff there is like....on drugs...the cashier sung at me and asked me about my stay in London while packing up the little plush turtle I chose. Whatever. I liked it very much and would have bought a Fabius from the little mermaid too if I could have afforded it. :)
I went through the side streets after this, looking around before buying some apple juice and crisps at Sainsbury's near Marble Arch and then decided my feet could no onger bear to walk so I took the bus back to Kings Cross. Änna wrote me a message that she was home no 5 minutes afterI sat down so it was perfect timing.
We had some nice chitchat with Harry, Rosie and Noor in the kitchen before we walked to a restaurant around the corner, the "Thai aubergine" for dinner. I ordered some red curry and it was DELICIOUS!! Soooooo good!
So it was a very long and very exhausting day but also GREAT! :D
Today we're planing to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum. But first...we slept in. :D Nice feeling of not being woken up by some alarm at 8 am. YAY