Monday, March 23, 2009

Travelling Friends

One of the benefits of doing a RTW trip is that you make friends all over the place, and one such kindred spirit was Kaori Hama, whom I met in Istanbul. She was also doing a RTW, having lived in Brazil and Dominican Republic for a couple of years, and was on the home run back to Japan. We kept in touch, and last weekend she "popped over" to visit.

Fortunately for her (although she claimed credit for it) the weather has been marvellous, sunshine, hardly a cloud in the sky, and at most a gentle breeze (aside from a nippy spell one day), so was perfect for lots of walks and outdoor activities. She brought me some Yebisu The Hop, my favourite beer from Japan:

It's in the fridge.. waiting for an appropriate moment to be enjoyed. During her visit we managed to try Persian (Iranian) food on the Iranian New Year (by chance) at Kandoo in Edgware Road, and Ethiopian at Abyssinia in Cricklewood, both very nice. Kaori's specification was that she didn't particularly want to eat Japanese food, a slight shame as a new place, Maguro, has just opened just round the corner from me in Lanark Place!

Anyway, Kaori left this morning, flying back to Tokyo just as a cargo plane crashes at Narita. I think her flight has been diverted to Haneda (the other airport). Safe journey home!

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