QuoteOriginally posted by: UltravioletIt was a great weekend! On Sunday we had a long walk - from Canary Wharf along the northern bank with Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Saint Paul's Cathedral on our way, then through some historic parts of the City (or should I say the parts about whose history I can say more than nothing) and West End, to Trafalgar Square, St. Jamese's Park and Green Park, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Hyde Park (thanks Trackstar, we saw people learning horseback riding and it looked really fun, but it would be impossible to make it all in one day! Instead, we took a rest lying on the grass and enjoying the view of some guys learning rollerskating - the seat of mockers >;-D ). I was interested in some technical aspects of his job, and every time he was telling me about them he raised his voice, flattened the intonation and recited the answer as if he knew it by heart - I hope those weren't any national secrets as probably half of the Hyde Park could hear him... Then we moved to the southern bank, where we ate something at the Real Food Market (I can recommend their traditional cider and the cheesecakes are poetry! they also have very good coffee with grappa in a cafe opposite to the Royal Hall entrance - probably the reason why I always mistake seats) before closing the loop - with the Millennium Bridge (he hasn't seen Harry Potter!), Tate Modern (we stepped in to see Picassos, but we had to leave quickly after I told him how I nicknamed the Marie-Therese portraits and we both started to laugh uncontrollably) and HMS Belfast on our way.When we came back home he fiddled with his watch and announced with a terrified face that we made 26 km (excluding the walk in Hyde Park) - so much about his tough military training
I fed him and dragged him half-dead to the pub, where he discovered regenerating properties of some unpasteurised English beer (he remembered what brand of beer we had on our previous meeting years ago! - men...). It was amusing when they rang the bar closing bell and he rose suddenly to salute (?)
) BTW, he's a captain (the rank hierarchy in the Polish army is a bit different than in the US). When we came back home he took a shower - in literally 5 minutes. He jumped out from the bathroom all fresh and clean (from what I've noticed he managed to take a shower, wash his hair, brush his teeth and even shave!). Apparently, they have only 2.5 min for the evening hygiene in the army. OK, enough making fun of my friend... I had a more relaxing trip to Richmond Park planned for Sunday morning, but we were too tired. He liked London. And I finally saw the Buckingham Palace!Thanks a lot for your help!You are welcome!So, do you think he will be back soon?