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Trip Report goddesstogo and mr. goddess's big London adventure (an ongoing tale)

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Well, here we are on the other side of the ocean and so far, so good. The apartment (West Hampstead) is small but cute and clean -- fair-sized living/dining room, small bedroom, tiny kitchen, nice bathroom with a jacuzzi and lots of candles (our landlady is newly engaged and, it seems, very romantic). It's certainly warm enough, in fact, we've had to turn the heat off, and it's very quiet even though we're on a busy street. We're situated in a residential area but the shops and restaurants start about two blocks down from our apartment and there's a small supermarket (a local Tesco) and about a million coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, all of which have 'take-away' so I don't think the tiny kitchen is going to be much of a problem. There's both a tube station and a train station within a few minutes' walk from home, and big red double-decker buses which run down our street from Abbey Road to Oxford Circus (and elsewhere, I think) and the West Hampstead station seems to be open, so I guess the work they've been doing on it is finished. Or maybe it's only closed on weekends -- I think I remember something about that. There's also a huge high street (Finchley Road) about 15 minutes walk away with two major supermarkets, a multi-plex movie theater and lots of other stuff we haven't gotten around to exploring yet. We'll be going for a nice long walk around there tonight. We've lucked into two days of beautiful blue skies and warm weather, so we're enjoying that while it lasts.

The flight was easy and pleasant (though charming as I tried to be, they didn't upgrade us to first class), the car service picked us up promptly, and the property manager woman showed up on the dot at our apartment, so all went smoothly there. So far, we've explored the neighbourhood, done a bit of grocery shopping, etc.

We also found the public library and we now are the proud possessors of library cards, just like the regular folk in the 'hood. The library is about 10 minutes walk away and it was a must for us. We're trying not to buy books because a) we're trying to clean off bookshelves at home, not add to them, b) we don't need to spend the money, and mostly c) they're too heavy to lug home. The local library not only has books, but plenty of dvds and also computer access which came in very handy this morning before we were hooked up at home.

I'll try to keep this thread going with our lives here and our travels but will try not to bore you with the day-to-day trivia. If any of you are familiar with this area and know restaurants or events we should try, I'd love to hear about them.

We're looking forward to getting together with some of our London friends and with jamiekins -- a fodors friend -- when we get back from Lisbon next week.

Best to everyone
gtg

(ps On the plane, I was thinking about all the fodors threads about obese passengers. I was in a middle seat with my SO on the window side and a stranger on the aisle side. He was a big guy but certainly not obese so no problem there. Only he was wearing a short sleeved shirt (as was I) and he had very hairy forearms which tickled my arms everytime I tried to share the armrest! I think there should be a special section for men with hairy forearms, don't you?

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