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It's hard to believe we've been in London for two months -- and that we have only one month remaining of our stay. Time just flies by. Our list of things to do is still growing but we're doing our best to hit all the high points. We enjoy living in Sydenham. It's easier to pretend we really live here on the days when we stay close to home (doing laundry, local marketing, just taking the bus to the supermarket, or visiting local restaurants or pubs). It's easy to feel at home here.
One of the things we wanted to do by staying in London was to experience living in a (capital C) CITY. I've read that people who live in big cities actually live in a village (their own part of it). That seems right -- when we walk around Sydenham it feels like a village. But, we can jump on the bus or train (two minutes from home) and be at London Bridge or Victoria Station in just a few more minutes -- and we're ready to experience all the bustle and activity and things to see and do that the City offers on a daily basis.
Started writing this one day and the next they discovered those car bombs near Picadilly Circus--about 15 miles from where we live and definitely an aspect of the big city we (and everybody else) could do without. We're just watching the news on the internet and going ahead with our daily plans.
In all other parts of London besides our own borough, we are, of course more typical tourists with the requisite cameras, bag and water-bottles. So that part's not quite like living here -- we'd have to stay a lot longer to become blase enough to leave the camera at home (except in our own village).
Good public transportation is amazing. We don't know why people here own cars.