karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
Perfect view of the fireworks last night from our terrace but it wasn't ideal for taking photos, sadly. Did take a nice one of the sunset half an hour earlier, though.

I would make a photo post from yesterday but this connection is too slow and expensive to make it worthwhile so I suggest you click the thumbnail for the flickr stream:


Lots of photos of the parade and some of the games and general goings-on. This stream will be expanded as I go along so check back tomorrow.

What I also wanted to show is my parents' refurbished house. Completely new outside and new windows (except the awkwardly shaped ones in the attic).



Bigger and two more )

Today, I went to the morning session of the fairground, eating white sausages and other grub, watched the parade again, taking more photos (to come) and came home.

Tonight is the closing ceremony and more fun at the fairground.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Beer)
Left at about 12:15 as all Central trains to Stansted had been canceled and I had to take the long train via Bishop's Stortford. Got to the airport with plenty of time to spare, only to find out that my flight had been rescheduled to 15 minutes later.
Just as I was about to go through security my mum phoned to say that they had arrived safely from the Antarctic. Yay!
Killed time by browsing around the shops, having lunch at the seafood bar, almost buying a ticket to win that gorgeous DB9 (which was lovely but had a very wrong colour) and reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel.
Boarding was delayed as well but the flight itself was uneventful.
Met parents who had a lovely tan and had not only a fantastic time but fantastic weather, too, and PENGUINS! My mum said "We were only allowed to get within five metres of them". Only! I would have been happy with 50 metres! [livejournal.com profile] silja and [livejournal.com profile] robinbloke, you really need to do this, the official Antartic passport stamp has penguins on it, too.
The drive home was slow as some parts were quite snowy but we got home safely at around 9:30 local time.
Chatting about the Antarctic and general catching up while munching on gingerbread.
First proper day of holiday tomorrow!

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