The Lungs of London

Trip Start Apr 13, 2005
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Trip End Apr 25, 2005


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Monday, April 18, 2005

Sunday really was a Sun Day, the sunniest day I've seen here in London so far. Early in the morning Dave had to go to The Heath to volunteer. Despite being extremely tired from Saturday night's adventures at the Rythem Factory, both of us got up at 8 and went to The Heath. This place is also refered to as the Lungs of London. It is a beautiful landscape of rolling green hills and feathery trees. While Dave planted in a nearby garden, I layed in the grass on a hill top (perhaps a knoll) and fell asleep in the sun, it was so nice! I even got a bit of a tan. It was such a glorious day, by the time we left mid-afternoon, the lawn looked more like a beach. There were families everywhere, laying on blankets, having picnics, and lots of dogs. The dogs make me laugh there, they're so smiley.
Parks like this are essential to big cities. We all need fresh clean air. I guess this park in particular was an estate used for hunting. Probably like we'd imagine, a fox chase with beagles and men on horses in long-tailed coats. In fact, I was partially awakened on Sunday morning by a bugeler. Someone just decided to start playing the bugel from another hill top, very dramatic and picturesque.
After spending the previous night at the Rythem Factory I thought my lungs might collapse from all the smoke if I didn't treat them to some pure oxygen. Despite the cloudy haze, the bar scene was great! One room featured East London Breakbeat Bass, special guest starring Aquasky from Australia. The MCs were amazing, really fun and witty. The service counter and couches were fairly empty, everyone was dancing! The second room played oldies with a Housey inclination. I wasn't in there too much but checked in just before we left for a dance to Brown Eyed Girl with a beat.
Possibly a combination of many factors, by Sunday night we were feeling weak and exausted. We made a big pasta dinner, watched Lost in Translation, and went to bed early. It's partly sunny this Monday morning. I went for a walk around a few blocks with a chocolate croissant. These seems to be a lot of window plants and doorstep gardens. I spotted a pub from nealy every corner. There are lots of city workers, wearing neon yellow/green vests, and lots of men in buisness suits. It seemed pretty busy for a residential area but then again it seems to be busy everywhere in this city. I predict there will be more walking this afternoon.
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