All the students are safely here - last night we hosted dinner for 15 in our flat (spaghetti, of course - I didn't know what else to cook for so many on short notice!). We asked them to bring their own plates & forks! For this event, Abby & I made a shopping run to a larger grocery store a bus ride away. It was somewhat less expensive, but not enough to be worth the hassle of carrying bags of groceries on and off the buses. The students are a nice group - I think Wayne will have a good term with them.
On Saturday we went to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, the Alfred Memorial, and the Natural History Museum. It is amazing to me how much of this city of 7 million is green space. In parts of Hyde Park it feels like you're in the countryside. Unfortunately, the very cool playground at Kensington Gardens was closed, though we did find the statue of Peter Pan.
The Natural History Museum was great. They even have an animatronic T-rex - very cool. The picture of Abby looking skeptical is from when we entered the room with the T-rex growling and looking around. Plus they have a life-sized model of a blue whale. The building itself is wonderful - every column has plants or critters carved into it.
Word is there will be a strike on the Underground tonight, so I think we'll stick close to home, except to go shopping for Abby's school uniform - tomorrow is the first day of school!