When family come to London

19 Sep

We sat on the second floor of the Park Plaza Hotel staring at Big Ben just across The Thames. The chiming clock showed us the time was 10pm. They should be arriving soon! We were waiting for Bevan, Carol and Lauren to arrive to the hotel from the airport; both of us eagerly awaiting to see their faces in the flesh. The next moment, the mini-bus turns up and out get three quite weary-looking travellers with three giant suitcases. We quickly made our way down the escalators and through the revolving doors and greeted them with hugs and kisses. Man, it’s good to see family!

The next night and day, we happily showed the Edwards’ around London and our own ‘hood. Don’t worry, they had a well-earned sleep in! We took them to what has become our group’s traditional welcome or goodbye curry dinner at Brick Lane; Matt showed off his toys at Park Lane; we spent some well-earned rest in Starbucks (one of the best coffees in London); and the very busy Oxford Street, which we had the pleasure of showing off in very traditional British weather (pouring rain). We had the pleasure of a rendezvous with Bevan, Carol and Lauren in Scotland – we saw the Military Tattoo together – and when they returned to London for six days of ‘rest’, we took in a West End show (Jersey Boys); Westminster Abbey; St. Paul’s Cathedral; the ‘pub down the road’ for a beer and British pub meal; Greenwich; the London Eye by night; Downing Street and Covent Garden. Matt also spent two days sightseeing with them and visited the Wimbledon Museum; Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guards; the famous Abbey Road; among other must-do London sites you just have to show any visitor who comes into town. We never get sick of seeing these things, so we love it too! Us girls also had High Tea at Harrods and Matt took his Dad for a Father’s Day car show – the Chelsea Car Show.

Although the time is coming to an end. As the three jet-setters are touring Europe this very moment, there is only two more sleeps left in London until they are back home and another year until we can hug them again. Skype fills the gaps, but I don’t think myself or Matt realised just how much we miss being with our loved ones. Not even doing anything in particular, it’s just the need to sit down and chill out and catch up on anything that we miss the most. We can’t do that on a computer. Rest assured the countdown in on until I get to see my own family (Mum… the dreaded London flight is beckoning), and then after that, the rest of our family and friends that we are so eagerly looking forward to spending time with again.

That said, the opportunity to live in London for anyone is such a life experience that it’s hard to imagine not doing it, no matter how much the heart misses those we love. We’ll do our time over here, but it’s pretty safe to say that this time next year we’ll almost be back on Australian soil once again…

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