Here I am in an English seaside town called Sheringham on the Norfolk coast, I feel like I am on a movie set!! The sea, the ice cream, the fish and chip shops, the flags, plus a steam train. The hotel where I am staying is 100 years old; I have a sea front room for 60 pounds. They are closing forever at the end of September. It is a wonderful place; high ceilings, old bathrooms, large windows, over stuffed chairs, it is shame for the community to lose this icon.
I visited London 3 times last week, it takes 55 minutes from Cambridge, my friend Carol from Athens, Greece, was visiting and we took a boat along the Thames to Greenwich, (what fun), it is a great way to see the sights. The next visit was for lunch with Simon, I met him at one of the conferences I attended, he has an Order of British Empire (OBE) and worked with General Romeo Dallaire of Canada, at the time of the Rwanda genocide and now runs a Security Consulting company in London and West Africa, (we may work together). The third trip was to see Dadi Janki, for a Rakhi ceremony (means bond/or tie of protection in Hindi), this is done in August at all BK centres around the world (at nearly 101 Dadi was dancing), it was very special!
In Cambridge, neighbours Ali and Becky took me to great old world Italian restaurant, Clowns, delicious food and it looked like Naples and the Mafia would walk in! Plus had visit to nearly a DOZEN Colleges by Lucy, a student here and lovely daughter of friend from Halifax, (boy was I tired).
I also met Paul the Boatman for Cambridge University and got to tour the boatyard and see Hundreds of rowing boats that the students use, plus next week I am being taken out in one, hope I don’t embarrass myself and steer into the bank of the river!
I will close with the most delightful early morning encounter at the seaside, a lady was sitting outside of a beach hut, and I looked inside, it was set up with dishes, it looked like a dining room in a home, we started to chat, her husband had died last year and they had been on a list for 15 years to receive a beach hut, and she just got it! Cost is 1600 pounds for life (good deal for beach front, picture below).
P.S. I met the head of Social Housing in London and she told me National Health and the Amy Winehouse Foundation had co-funded new housing for Addicts, in London!! I hope to visit.