so london happened. and i spent hours fixing rachel's computer, which was finally better the night i left, after nearly a week of installing and reinstalling and cleaning and stuff. yay for being a computer geek (albeit not really like some of you guys). london was surprisingly warm. unsurprisingly not gripping. unsurprisingly a little frustrating. i still haven't been able to wrangle permission to interview gallery security guards. british bureaucracy seems to be all about "no".
did go down the slides, the current showpiece in the tate modern lobby. surprisingly anxiety-producing before we actually got on them and slid down. and then it was just plain fun. saw a london musical. managed not to kill myself. kinda even enjoyed it by the end, but agnes'll never believe that.
oxford was nicer. saw crazy things like totem poles (bought for $36). tried cider that isn't heated up apple juice for the first time, kinda like it. briefly played "follow that guy!" with agnes. we lost. learned the difference between beer and ale. and that it's not what it's called "out here". it just is what it is. my mistake.
and then back to london, lazy night of tasty made-up-fish-recipe food, and a night at the airport. met a scot-turned-canadian woman who was too buzzed to sleep, so she didn't let me close my eyes. artist woman, though, on her way to morocco for 2 months to carve stone. a bit of a journey for reflection. we discussed the pros and cons of art until our flight was called.
and now i'm in morocco. i need to learn arabic. people experiences have been mostly good, though the bad has somewhat tainted the good. i just need a few more days and all will be forgotten.
today i had a great lunch at a host's parents' place, saw many mules, saw a couple horses, wandered the medina in meknes, wound up in the middle of something religious (i think) and was blessed, got pulled into something going on in the grand square seeing as i was the only non-moroccan there (we danced, while he beat a drum), and i managed to learn a few more words in arabic. and in french. and it was hot. really hot. but i'm still doing my best to wear a sweater more often than not. it seems to make a difference.
gotta go, making dinner for my hosts tonight. go go couchsurfing! oh, and for the record, despite the MANY warnings i received, i have yet to get ill from the food or the water, and i have yet to be harassed by anyone trying to steal things from me. knock on wood. but people are just really nice here. it's great. and beautiful. just like everywhere.
what do you think so far? "it's beautiful!"