Day 29 - 24/07/2002 - London UK

Today was allocated as a rest day ... after spending a few weeks on the go travelling from South-East Asia, to relatives in Italy, then a Contiki tour and catching up with people in London, I really needed a rest.  I am pretty exhausted already and i still have almost half of my trip to go, including a big trip to USA, so I really need to pace myself and make sure I do not get too tired because I found that some things (like some amazing sites) just don't mean as much to me because I have had sightseeing overload.

Among other things, I just walked around the city and looked at shops and sites and just walked through the streets seeing some of the culture of London.  I made several observations ...
1. I have seen enough David Beckham style haircuts to last a lifetime - I had no idea how much of an influence David Beckham has on the people of London (they think he is a God) ...
2. The female equivalent of David Beckham is Australia's own Kylie Minogue, who is probably more recognised as someone who lives in England (rather than Australia) and features in the newspapers daily ...
3. The newspapers are ruthless and trashy - they hand out free daily newspapers on the train that are full of gossip and slander (no celebrity is safe) - these newspapers still include naked page 3 girls (something that I thought was a myth) and daily updates of Big Brother and other reality TV shows on the front page ...
4. it seems that Londoners may be more addicted to reality TV than the Americans and maybe even me (a true reality TV junkie) - Big Brother is all over the newspapers and TV and this is their 3rd installation - they claim that Londoners are getting bored of it since it is the third time, so I hate to think how much attention it got before.

I met Greg for lunch and we had an all you can eat Chinese buffet for approx. AU$12, which seemed like good value in London, but the quality and selection of the food was not great.

Dennis cooked us dinner ... yes, it is true - I have pictures to prove it Mrs. Dalati.  Dennis did a great job of cooking Chicken Satay ... it looked, smelt, felt sounded and tasted fantastic - Dennis really impressed me.  For dessert, Louse pulled out some more Phish Food!  It was great, and we ended up mixing some Startbust Jellybeans with it as well.

I was quite tired and started to fall asleep while Louise and Brendan did the washing up, which I felt really bad about because I had offered to do it after dinner, but they were very understanding have made it great for us to be able to relax in London for a few days.  It must be hard for them, since they have to work each day and then be so self-sacrificing for us, but they have made our stay in London delightful and I am very appreciative ... I am going to miss Dennis, Louise and Brendan when I leave London.