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Friday, January 26, 2007

3 weeks no post....very bad!

So this is really bad that I haven't updated because I haven't been working, been travelling everywhere and still didn't find the time to sit down with the trusty iBook and type a bit more about me. Pretty lazy I guess. But in reality I have been terribly busy cramming as much in during the weeks as possible.

So as most of you know I arrived in London in enough time for New Years Eve. Tracey and I got up to silly shenanigans, but had a great time. Ms Bravo has done a fabulous job of entertaining me, showing me the sights and being an over all good time! She is off to Australia today and very strangely we will only just miss each other there. I have a few more things to see in London.

So here are some photos from London thus far.

Tracey and I on New Years Eve

This is me near Big Ben

This is the London Eye which I still haven't been on, but Dawn promises we will soon!

This is me at the Covent Garden Market still decorated for Christmas a bit which was lovely.

This is a photo of a hilarious thing I saw shopping in London. This Jesus is like a Magic 8 Ball. Flip him upside down after asking him a question and he can tell you all the answers! I almost bought it but it was just too big to fit with the rest of my gear.

And my favourite photo. Me at Portabello Road!

Portabello Road is quite famous in America because of the kids film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. My parents had been there so I wanted to go as well. Dawn and I got some good bargains and even had relatively good weather! I still have several plans for London. Philby arrives tomorrow night! We are going to York to see JT and the boys at Stage One. We have tickets to see Mary Poppins the musical with Dawn and Michael Topple. Then on Tuesday we will head to Brighton for the day. On the weekend following Philby's visit, Dawn and I are staying in a mansion in Bath. That should be fantastic. Am really looking forward to it. Then on the 4th of Feb Valie arrives! Everyone's favourite Greek! I can't wait. We are planning on shopping a lot so it should be great. I still have plenty more shows to see. So hopefully I will get to a few more.

Then a bit of exciting news, I am heading back to Australia on the 13th February. I have to stay one night in Bahrain and then I land in Sydney on the 15th Feb. Heading straight to Tassie for Mackonis' wedding, but will return to Sydney after the weekend. Will be in Sydney for a while, but will definitely be heading down to Melbourne. I haven't decided where to stay, but I have applied for jobs in both places. Missing Australia a bit now, so as soon as I cram as much London in as possible, I will be on my way home. Probably needing places to stay initially so if anyone has a spare room, give me a shout - in either place! Alycia, do we have somewhere to stay the night before we go to Tassie??? Ahh! I certainly hope so!

So last week I went to Copenhagen and Oslo. Looking forward to some snow so heading to Scandanavia sounded like the best plan. Stayed with my friends Karina and Klavs in Copenhagen with the 2 gorgeous children Mione and Milton. I spent 3 days in Copenhagen hanging out then Karina and I took the Ferry to Oslo to see Stian (our foreign exchange student from my high school days) and his family. Here are some photos:

Me and Mione (she is named after Hermione from Harry Potter!)

This is Milton in his brand new Tigger robe I brought from London

This is the Royal Copenhagen Theatre on the left

This is called Nyhavn Canal. It use to have lots of prostitutes and drugs, but it has recently been cleaned up. It was absolutely stunning even in the rain!

This is the entrance to Tivoli which is their amusement park which opened in 1843. Closed in winter unfortunately!

Here are Mione and me playing in the snow. It kind of followed us back from Oslo where it absolutely bucketed down.

Oh and this one is for all you guys from Doha. They actually had a Shawarma shop in Copenhagen. Apparently they eat them all the time!


So Karina and I went on the overnight ferry ride to Oslo on a Thursday night and came back on Sunday night. We spent the Friday with Stian and his family which as lovely. We had dinner and plenty of schnapps. I was a bit too drunk but it did help the conversation which was actually in 3 languages! It was crazy. Stian's neice is 8 years old and showed me her little writing book of English. I wish I learned another language so young! Stian took us out on Friday night (as if we needed more alcohol!) and we saw his apartment outside Oslo. Mom and Dad you will be proud - he has a mortgage! The only one of your lovely children.

The next couple of days Karina and I spent in Oslo city just seeing the sights and taking in all of the snow. We went to Ibsen's house (for those of you who aren't aware he is a very famous Norwegian playwright). We also saw the National Theatre, Parliament, the Town Hall, the Royal Palace, the National Gallery and the History Museum. We actually saw quite a bit in 2 days! Here are a few of the highlights:

Me on the boat in Oslo Harbour. (Yes that is a Danish flag! Oh well)

Me in the bucketing snow

The Royal Palace

The National Theatre in Oslo

So now I am back in London at Dawn's house. Apparently it snowed here the day I got back but when I landed at 5pm there wasn't even a sign of it anywhere. Now its sunny and kind of cold, but still not very typical for this time of year. It should be colder! It was good to see the snow but I am very much looking forward to having a bit of sun in Australia! I will be back for good this time, so when I get around the organising some catch up drinks, I will email everyone. And of course I do need a job, so if anyone knows of anything good going, let me know.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone in both Sydney and Melbourne. Can't wait for the Tassie Wedding! Email me what you will be up to around midFeb!

Warm hugs from the cold part of world to you all! Man am I looking forward to bikini weather again!
Love,
Sarah

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