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A rare outing with friends

As I’ve noted on several occasions elsewhere in this blog, living 30 minutes by train from central London is not very conducive to frequent escapades in this fun city. In fact, it’s been months since we last went to London for anything beyond a targeted restaurant or show outing. So, when our old friends Anya and Alex, whom we see much less frequently that we would like, suggested an adults-only meet-up in the city, we jumped at the offer.

The plan was to get together at a nice eatery, have lunch, and then proceed to a museum for some cultural enrichment. But we settled down way too comfortably at an excellent Italian lounge in Notting Hill, and after a couple – ok, three! – bottles of good wine, accompanied by fantastic cold cuts and brilliantly untamed conversation, we were in no particular condition for a museum. Instead, we braved the cold temperatures for a stroll around Notting Hill and Kensington, capped with a coffee shop stop for more catch-up banter. It was a superb outing.

Back to the regular routine tomorrow, I guess, now that the holiday season is over. The kids return to school in mid-week.

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  1. Vince

    Not that there’s anything wrong with cultural enrichment, but the way the outing turned out sounds like it was way more fun and relaxing.

  2. Shawn Powers

    Sounds awesome to me. Partly because I’ve only heard of Notting Hill in the movies, and partly because I have particular penchant for wine — but mostly because an evening with friends is usually awesome.

  3. Ilya

    Then you’re the recipient of my current healthy doze of envy, Scribe.

    Vince, I’m comfortable that we showed intent to enrich ourselves. Our flexibility in changing our plans was definitely a plus.

    Shawn, I know just the place to take you out in London, then, when you decide to visit.

  4. Nathan

    I’m surprised you ever get any fun stuff done while being responsible for all of the UCF’s (evil) European operations. 😀

    Glad you had fun.

  5. Ilya

    I’m sure you hear me complain often enough about the general lack of excitement in my life, Nathan. As the supreme overlord-in-chief of our sinister clique, you’ll have to do something about my total compensation package in that regard.


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