UK days } part I } days one, two & the day before

Because I didn’t have time in the city, and when I went to Surrey there was no wi-fi, I could not update my blog on a regular basis. I’ve divided this series of posts into six parts: four parts covering my stay in the UK, a Traveling Tap post and a Stories of Eve post. As always it was great to see my friends and visit new places in London. And then a relaxing three days with my brother and his family in Surrey (and an unplanned trip to a town called Rugby).

i was dropped off at the airport by my nephew tarek and my son yousef. it's so nice when roles are reversed and you feel like the little ones are now taking care of you. here yousef tries on a pair of aviators. joe cool

i was dropped off at the airport by my nephew tarek and my son yousef. it’s so nice when roles are reversed and you feel like the little ones are now taking care of you. here yousef tries on a pair of aviators. joe cool

my jumbo jet awaits me

my jumbo jet awaits me

room 308 at the cranley hotel in south kensington

room 308 at the cranley hotel in south kensington

the key was so heavy, but it's always nice to have a real key rather than a plastic card

the key was so heavy, but it’s always nice to have a real key rather than a plastic card

on the way down i can't resist a footsie

on the way down i can’t resist a footsie

i meet one of my favorite people on the planet. it was so nice to see naz, she always brightens my day

january 17 } i meet one of my favorite people on the planet at little persia in bayswater. it was so nice to see naz, she always brightens my day

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i meet these lovely ladies too. from left to right: maha, rania, nermeen and rania (who i'd met a few trips back)

i meet these lovely ladies too. from left to right: maha, rania, nermeen and rania (who i’d met a few trips back)

never seen this many sheeshas

never seen this many sheeshas. and this is how i end my first day

january 18 } i have brunch/lunch with my friend tom who takes me to see the 'gothic imagination' exhibition at the british library

january 18 } i have brunch/lunch with my friend tom who takes me to see the ‘gothic imagination’ exhibition at the british library

we later travel to greenwich to walk through the greenwich foot tunnel. this is the south entrance

we later travel to greenwich to walk through the greenwich foot tunnel. this is the south entrance

the island gardens. it was biting cold that night

the island gardens. it was biting cold that night

in the tunnel we must keep left, no matter what

in the tunnel we must keep left, no matter what

what do you see?

what do you see?

the cutty sark

the cutty sark

the university of greenwich where we are so close to the most accurate time on earth. sigh

the university of greenwich where we are so close to the most accurate time on earth

and the day ends with a nice dinner in town. thank you, tom!

and the day ends with a nice dinner in town. thank you, tom!

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