We spent our first weekend in London getting acquainted with our neighborhood and taking care of some business (buying our Underground passes, stocking up on groceries, visiting the bank, etc.). We love our new apartment, which is outfitted with everything we need. It’s long and narrow – bookended by two bedrooms (ours on one end, Henry’s on the other). In between the bedrooms are living room/dining room, foyer, bathroom and kitchen. The kitchen is a little smaller than we’re used to, though perfectly adequate for cooking. Oh, and doing laundry (the washer is also in the kitchen, of course). So far, we’ve only blown one fuse and destroyed one of two baby monitor chargers – when seeing if we could get away with a simple outlet adapter instead of using the transformer we brought with us. We’ve cooked every meal since arriving; our goal is to keep that up for the next two months.
After getting our Underground passes on Saturday, we took a quick Tube ride to Notting Hill, so I could show Kristine and Henry where I stayed while living in London five years ago. We got there in time to see the vendors breaking down their stands in the Portobello Market. Henry has been a trooper as we’ve packed him all around the city via stroller and Ergo carrier. He’s so damn cute when we bundle him up in hat and mittens. Since arriving on Friday, he has upgraded his crawl from belly to hands and knees. As I write this, Kristine is teaching Henry how to get himself down from the coffee table. He’s so coachable.
On Sunday we walked to Harrods department store and back so we could satiate our appetite for overpriced tea and souvenirs. Signing off for now. – Tim