October 16, 2007
toby's travels: greenwich, england
by gl. at 11:15 pm
i'm so glad sven & the professor have been so prolific in my absence! toby & i went to england at the beginning of october and then leapt into a week's worth of art events & announcements, which i am finally just caught up enough to be able to write about. so expect even more scarlet letters over the next week!
toby's only been on one major trip, but it turns out he loves to travel. we went to england to see the completion of expedition 360, the first circumnavigation of the world via human power. i've been involved with them since i lived in colorado! unfortunately, the event overlapped the hp lovecraft film festival, so toby decided he wanted to come and keep me company. this is the first time i've missed the festival since i moved here!
["I'M GOING TO LONDON!"]
["ARE WE THERE YET?"]
["I LOVE EMAIL! LOOK, IT'S SOMETHING FROM SVEN!"]
we were only there for a few days, but we tried to do a lot in a short amount of time. we went to the british library (unfortunately, they don't issue passes to sock creatures), the london eye, the greenwich foot tunnel, an unanticipated tour of the isle of dogs, the royal naval college, greenwich park, the royal observatory, the pavilion teahouse, and greenwich market (similar to our saturday market). though i was non-plussed at the london eye, i think toby liked it because he was so high up. i had to keep a close eye on him, though; one of the first things i did was almost lose him on the Circle line. :(
["OH, GOOD! YOU FOUND ME!"]
[the london eye]
["EVERYONE IS SO SMALL LIKE THIS!"]
["I LOVE COTTAGE PIE!"]
the next day jason arrived with his boat, moksha, at the place he began this journey 13 years ago, at the prime meridian in greenwich. lots of people were there to welcome him home. after the ceremony there was a big party at the river that was a lot of fun, too. i had to take toby back to the hotel before he got too tipsy, though.
["OH! THEY'RE OPENING THE GATES!"]
[toby's pointing to my name on the boat]
[whoops: time to go, toby]
[toby had to sleep in the next day]
i was proud to have the opportunity to watch history happen: congratulations, jason! and we both had a really good time in greenwich. toby thought england quite suited him: he thought everyone had funny accents, but they were kind & polite. one of the elder british ladies at the x360 ceremony said, "i like your poppet." so i think there would be a place for him there if we didn't love him so much here!
["WE CAN GOES HOME NOW PLZ?"]