- Lunch with Pete and Jo - yea, blogs!
- Julie Andrews book-signing at Waterstones/Oxford Street
- The pubs
- Tea-making accoutrements in hotel and conference rooms (forget those stinky coffee-makers in US hotels - ugh!)
- Cadbury chocolate
- Fish and chips
- New friends, new contacts
- Heathrow Express into Paddington
- Midlands train to Derbyshire + a really nice rail worker who let me slide on peak-time fare and brought me a cuppa tea, to boot!
- Gorgeous autumn weather + first frost
- Losing Jean and Aubrey (temporarily, I trust)
- Ibis Hotel/Heathrow - depressing flourescent lighting, futon beds, limited wireless access
- Hotels that only give you one towel and one pillow
- Prices - yeowee! Everything's twice as expensive here, even considering the dollar/pound rate.
- Most of the institutional food I had to eat (but isn't institutional food the same all over?)
- Air travel - tiring, inconsistent, mega-hassle, and - alas, necessary
- Did I mention the Ibis/Heathrow?
God-willing, I should be back in New York by mid-afternoon, just in time to do a little laundry and head straight to bed, since I have to get up at 3:30am to board a 5am bus to Washington with my co-workers. Tomorrow's the big day - the Investiture of the first woman Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the National Cathedral. I'll be tired, but the event is too historic to miss.
Ah - we're about to board. Yea!