the last visible dog (intertext) wrote,
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To Travel Hopefully

Robinson is lying under the dining room table as I write this, very close to my feet. He's worried, because he knows something's up. I took Tabitha over to kp's yesterday, and will be taking R to his holiday abode shortly. I'll miss them both, and I worry gently about R, because he is, after all, 12, and is more sensitive than he lets on. But he'll be fussed over and have lovely country walks every day, and I'm sure - well almost sure - that he'll be okay.

When I get back from taking him I will only have to take the garbage out and do some last-minute cleaning and tidying, and then I will embark on my Great Adventure. I love travelling, almost more than anything else. I love the time to think, the freedom from responsibilities and obligations, the new experiences. I love watching other people, secure in my own self-sufficiency, amused, empathetic but detached from stress and drama. I have mostly, as an adult, travelled alone, and I think I prefer it. I don't know what it would be like with an extremely compatible companion, but there's no better way to ruin a friendship than to travel together.

My personal travel jinx seems to be that almost no matter where I go or what time of year, the weather is bad. When I was in Paris, I think we had about 4 days of sunshine in three weeks. The forecast for London is not good - and that's apart from the threatened underground strike (and I've just reminded myself to add something warm to wear to my luggage). I love London, and want to see more of it, but it rained almost the whole time I was there last time, and I was hoping for sunshine. Oh well - this time, perhaps I will spend more time in museums. I have never visited the Tate (the original, not the Modern), and haven't been to the V&A since I was a child. I'd also like to go to the Museum of London. I had planned to go to the Tower, which is somewhere I've never been, believe it or not. Then there were some excursions I had planned that are more dependent on decent weather - to Greenwich, to the markets of Notting Hill, and up the Millennium Eye. I want to enjoy London, and not spend my days there looking forward to Venice...

Well, I'm going to go and water my plants now, and then load Robinson into the car. It's possible that my next post will be from London! See you later :)
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