After exploring the general area around my hotel and visiting a bookstore, I was fading fast. But a latte and a shower (once I was able to check into my hotel room around 3pm) helped me feel refreshed and I struck out on the town again. I was likely tapping into my normal wakeful rhythm as well by that time. Hopefully I will sleep well tonight and manage the new timezone okay. I explored a 15-block radius around my hotel which includes quaint parks, the largest bookstore in London (5 stories!), the Thames, and Big Ben.
Coincidentally, I happened on an event called Trooping the Colour, also known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade. The infantry marched along St. James Park to Buckingham Palace.
After the procession, I strolled through the nearby parks.
Then I continued my wanderings around the Thames River and Trafalgar Square.
To my surprise, there are red double-decker buses and red telephone booths everywhere! I am definitely in a strange place. So many accents, so many languages and so many smokers!
I’m now relaxing in the bar of my hotel with a glass of Shiraz. It’s after 9 in the evening and I’m very pleased with myself for staying up all day! Except for a couple short naps I haven’t been to sleep since yesterday. Tomorrow I think I will hit up the library in search of information on GM conferences, protests and public opinion. Then I might go for a boat cruise along the Thames and a ride in the London Eye for broader views of the city. Best wishes from London.