The Trans Take London: Day 6

Coincidence is a crazy thing. My friend Douglas (who grew up in Scotland but now lives in Singapore) decided to come to the UK to visit his family at the same time we planned this little getaway. Naturally we had to meet up. Which turned out to be easier said than done in Victoria Station when you say, “Let’s meet near Cafe Nero.” There are three of them! We had a good time waiting, though.

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Then we were off! We took a little walking tour in order to find the right bus.

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There’s Douglas! Or the back of him, anyway. Poor Yen. Douglas and I spent the entire day in deep discussion about every living thing. Hopefully that made him feel free to take photos. Mina just went along for the ride.

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Our destination was the British Museum.

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They had an exhibit on clocks that Linus obviously loved.

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See, I did so much chatting that all I can tell you is this is a famous chess set. For some reason.

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Linus looks like… “These were in the ground? Ok…”

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We told Linus we were going to see a giant statue with huge nipples. He was pretty excited.

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Rosetta Stone!

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The museum was surprisingly busy for midweek, so we decided to find some lunch. We ended up in a little Japanese joint with hot plates on all of the tables. I still can’t believe I got the kids through the entire meal without a single burn.

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Then we were back on the bus and headed to the Imperial War Museum.

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Linus’s favorite part of the museum. Well, second favorite. He really loved the chocolate cake Douglas bought him when we took a tea break.

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It’s a nice museum, but you can imagine that it’s a bit of a downer.

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We left after a couple of hours and discovered a playground next door. Linus made friends with some of the local boys. I was awfully proud of him for being so uncharacteristically bold.

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Swings, of course!

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Right before we left to head home, Linus and I went back into the museum to use the bathroom. The security guards had changed and now one was an older man with an eye patch. Linus asked him, “Are you a pirate?” The poor guy probably gets that all the time, but he very sweetly said, “Yes. But I’m a good pirate.” A month later, Linus still tells us, “I saw a pirate in London!”

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Back on the bus! This time Linus is playing with the little toy double-decker Douglas bought him. Yes, he immediately pulled the wheels off. I think that’s how you play with a bus, right?

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