My flight back to London was at 3:30pm, so that meant I had to leave by 1pm to get to the airport on time. It was already 11:30am by the time I ate breakfast, showered and packed, so I quickly went over to my cousin, Brian's, house (walking distance from Joan's place) to say my final goodbyes to the kids:
Seamus, Joan and I were on the road by 1:05pm. We made it to the airport by 1:30pm.
It was sad saying goodbye to Joan and Seamus, but I promised to come back in the summer or fall...when it's WARMER. Jesus.
I made it back to Shane's place by 7:30pm. Aaron and Shane were waiting there for me with big smiles. Shane made a reservation at a great Japanese restaurant down the street. He'd been raving about this place for-EVER, so I was pretty excited to finally go there. Shane's (awesome!) friend, Rob, also joined us.
By 8pm we were sitting in this very traditional-looking Japanese sushi restaurant. Sushi is hard to come by in England. It's very *very* expensive here, so when we walked in and it was jam packed with people I knew the food was gonna be good.
Rob used to live in Japan, so he picked up quite a bit of the language while he was there. Here he is giving the waitress our order in JAPANESE:
They were talking to each other in Japanese and having a grand ol' time.
Rob ordered a wide variety of stuff. I hadn't tried 95% of it before, so I told myself that I would eat whatever was brought to the table, including a PORK dumpling. (If any of you know me at all you know that I usually don't eat meat...let alone pig meat, so this was quite a big deal and Rob took a photo to properly document the moment):
In addition to living most of my life as a vegan, I also grew up keeping kosher, so...my mother probably turned in her grave when I took the first bite of pig flesh. How did it taste? Pretty good. Like chicken. I honestly wasn't THAT impressed with pork. It was ayyite. I found the doughy dumpling part to be tastier, actually.
The other food, however, was freaking AH-MAY-ZING. Here's a shot of this fried tofu dish that was super-yummy:
Rob and Aaron did a super-gay clap to let the world know how much they were enjoying their food:
Actually, Aaron just looks like he's praying, but trust me, he was clapping...gayly.
Here are some more shots of the evening:
I have no idea what they're gesturing about. The size of their "sushi?" (I'm terrible.)
And here's a shot of my ice cream. It's ginger (on the right) and banana (on the left). Yes, the banana ice cream was brown:
We said goodbye to Rob (who, BTW, is my BIGGEST blog fan of all time) and Aaron and Shane and I went back to the cousin's place to chill. We all watched a plethora of vampire themed shows/movies: True Blood (which might be my new favorite show) and Interview with a Vampire (I couldn't take Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt seriously in this flick at all). He are the fellas engrossed super-sexy True Blood:
It's 1:04pm right now (the next day) in London and I'm about to got to Whole Foods to eat a huge salad and get a couple shots of wheatgrass juice.
Healthy eating will now resume.
And then guess what Aaron and I are doing later this evening? We're meeting our half-brother, Adam, for the first time!!! Neither one of us have ever met him. Adam hasn't met *any* of the half-siblings yet. I found Adam on Facebook and emailed him and now...we're going over to his place in East London for dinner. Amazing amazing amazing. Very excited.