This was what I left behind. My views in the morning when I walked the beach for continuing rehab for my ankle.
And then I flew west. Minus six hours later I was negotiating Heathrow and passport control and finally making it through customs without a stop, I was officially on English soil. Suddenly the cacophony of sound grew. I understood the announcements on the train, I could hear snippets of other peoples' conversations and the deep philosophical thought that hit me was, 'everyone is speaking English.' Hmm, maybe my brain is shrinking.
I checked in with a friend just to establish that I could still speak, after 12 hours of mostly silence and a train journey in an empty carriage. We arranged to meet the following day.
He is a photographer who has a new camera so, after we'd caught up, we roamed the not so busy part of Covent Garden and along to Old Compton Street in Soho. The sun was up and autumn was being kind to me so it wasn't too cold. Here are a few of the photographs.
Seven Dials Covent Garden the monument littered with people having a rest in the sunshine.
Neils Yard Covent Garden, for your herbs and massage and food and hair and all things vegetarian and organic.
Our rickshaw riders look a little different from Thailand. This young man from France was perfectly happy to have his photo taken on the corner of Tottenham Court Road.
Old Compton Street, Soho with all it's restaurants, in this case, waiters, coffee shops and gay society.
And being London, the unexpected, a performer who'd just finished her show outside Groucho's Club in Soho. She's certainly not going to get caught short in London which is notorious for it's lack of toilets. She was fun and very eager to have the photo taken.
Finally just round the corner from where I'm staying this leafy green outlook is so English and such a contrast from the vistas in Thailand.
Amazing, just a few miles from the centre of London. A serene picture of English countryside. So here I am and hopefully the weather will remain kind to me. Autumn in England for a few short weeks.