So I went to England! Yup, Mom and I spent two weeks last month getting back to the "mother country" for my first time in thirty years. It was great seeing relatives I haven't seen in that long. My same-age cousins and I hit it off like we'd never been apart; it was awesome! And I was able to be there for another cousin's wedding. Very cool.
We also did some touristy sight-seeing. We toured London and Cambridge while we were there. Talk about history! And we even spent a day in France where I got to enjoy what seems to be the national dish; Moulet et Frite (or something like that). That would just be a fancy way of saying mussels and fries. Now who would have thought of combining those two things?! The mussels were amazingly good, but the fries were no better or no different for that matter than fries at home. And no, I don't think they go particularly well with mussels. But the wine was great, as well as the pate we had as an appetizer. Yum! Also Indian food is big in England, and I had my first meal in an Indian restaurant. Ok, now I'm hungry.
Speaking of food, my aunt and uncle that I stayed with are big into cooking, and I learned quite a bit about different dishes and presentation while there. So rather than buying models of double decker buses or old-fashioned telephone booths for souvenirs (you see them in all the touristy shops), instead I bought a very good quality cheese grater, a cheese cellar and a teapot! lol I figured I might as well get things that maybe don't scream England but that I'll think of my trip and especially my aunt every time I use them. Which is often.