Monday, October 04, 2004

London Experience

hello all! please be patient with me, i'm retyping something i wrote this morning... only now i'm on a european keyboard.

"Dear friends and family,
Well I was just walking by the English Parliament (sp?) building, and upon seeing a nice monument for a British dead guy, decided that now was as good a time as any to sit down and type you a littlenote about my day in London (interesting to note that apparently some Asian tourists find my little spur of the moment computing very interesting and are taking several pictures of me as i type)
I can tell you with no exageration that i absolutely hated my first three hours in London. It was cold, and rainy, and windy. I missed a train stop, then a bus stop. I found out that Westminster Abbey is NOT the same thing as Westminster Cathedral... the hard way. And lastly, i learned that London is definitely a walking city. But once I got to the Cathedral things turned around.
I was able to go to Mass on the feast of St. Francis in a beutiful Church, and I was struck once again by the universality of the Church. Here I am in a country i've never been to, going to Mass with people i've never met... heck- we don't even say 'amen' the same way. YET we move and speak in unison within the Mass. That is so cool!
After Mass I was able to appreciate the culture all around me. I think it helped that the sun came up. Here are a few things I noticed.
1. In London the fire hydrants are UNDER the street. Isn't that smart? How many times have you had to grab some one at the last minute in the US to save them from running into a fire hydrant!
2. In London it is perfectly accetable for a man to carry a purse... and they take advantage of this often.
3. Londoners walk across the street like they mean it. oh- don't forget to look RIGHT then LEFT then RIGHT again. Once i mastered this i was crossing the street with the best of them.

Well, i've lost my Asian tourist audience, so i think i'll keep walking... you can never have too much walking.
My flight to Port Harcourt is LATE tonight, and i'll be ariving in the morning. I will write ASAP!
I'm praying for all of you!


At October 4, 2004 at 11:25 PM, Blogger angela'smom said...

Glad to know about the flight change. Call a.s.a.p. Happy Feast Day! All my love, mom

At October 5, 2004 at 2:11 PM, Blogger Julie D. said...

Glad you got "acclimated" enough to be able to enjoy London some. It is one of the best walking places around and its fun just to enjoy some of the differences and similarities ... like the English language!

We have run into that Asian picture taking phenomena before too. You may wind up on computer vacation pages around Japan and Southeast Asia.

Praying for you and your mission.

At October 5, 2004 at 5:26 PM, Blogger angela'smom said...

I know you're tired, but you sounded so great on the phone this morning! Fr. Gerard Mary sounded good too. I can't wait to see pics of the beautiful students. When you can, give us those darling faces.

At October 5, 2004 at 6:56 PM, Blogger veronica said...

Everytime Caroline asks for you, we say a prayer together: "God bless and protect Angela!!"
We love you and cannot wait to see pics of your kids in Nigeria!!!

At October 12, 2004 at 12:45 AM, Blogger Sarah Jean said...

Angela! I miss you so much! You are in my prayers everyday. I am excited for you to update your site. :) I love you, Sarah (skin)


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