Yesterday Roos, Marco and myself went to London. We went by train from Woking station to Waterloo and then took the Tube to Leicester square. The weather was very English; a few serious rain showers and a grey sky. The city however was brightly decorated with Christmas lights so it was quite nice. We arrived quite late in the day and first got some hot chocolate before going to Hamleys. Hamleys, on Regent Street, is the oldest toy store in the world. It opened in 1760. This being a few days before Christmas, the store was incredibly busy. Similar to Harrods the store has people demonstrating the various toys: boomerangs, paper airplanes and other things were flying around in the store. At the end of the day the choice was overwhelming and we didn’t buy anything. It was fun to visit though. We walked through London and strolled by Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye.
Today after school we went go-karting at K1 in Irvine. Roos was pretty fast but Marco stayed ahead a few tenths of a second. Alex is also becoming an excellent racer. In the end we were all winners and celebrated with Mexican food at Taco Rosa.
We went to ” the happiest place on earth” today. Roos and Alex had to go to school and Mascha was babysitting Benjamin, so it was just the 5 of us. We saw a few of the rides and had a BBQ lunch. Saskia was brave enough to go on the Thunder Mountain railroad roller coaster with Cor and Marco. Cor had to leave later in the afternoon but Saskia and Silvie stayed to see the fireworks.
Over the weekend we visited both Dana Point as well as San Diego Zoo Safari Park. In Dana point we strolled along the harbor and enjoyed some of the salty ocean air. Saskia and Sylvie got to play a little on the beach. On Sunday, the 8 of us went to the Safari park that is part of San Diego Zoo. It is about an hour drive from Aliso Viejo in a town called Escondido. The Safari park has 2 of the 7 rare southern white rhinos that are still alive and we got to see them in the park. We also saw many other animals. In total there are over 2600 animals in the park.
Today Marco, Annette, Saskia, Silvie and Benjamin arrived. It was a long term as they hit the 405 South traffic. Roos, Alex and Mascha arrived at the same time to welcome them.
We didn’t feel like making a meal so we ordered pizza for the family. Here’s the delivery boy and his moped.
While Marco was working today and Saskia and Sylvie were in school, Benjamin, Annette and I went to Polesden Lacey. This is a Edwardian House and Estate open to the public. It was really nice inside with a lot of Dutch paintings from the 17th century. Here is one of the nicer hallways.
Tonight we will be watching the first World Cup soccer match: Netherlands vs Spain.
Today I arrived in the UK. I was welcomed by Benjamin in the garden. The weather was beautiful with 25 degrees and Saskia and Sylvie were there as well.