Having a sister who has just this very minute raced along an airport tarmac and lifted off, destination Cornwall, is quite exciting. Especially when the two of us have texted madly during the last few moments before her take-off. The questions came fast and furious, the answers almost as fast and not at all furious. Everything we talked about fascinates me:
Getting from Heathrow Terminal 3 to Victoria Station
The benefits and the disadvantages to taking the Heathrow Express
The benefits and the disadvantages to buying an Oyster Card versus a London 7-day Pass
The whole texting conversation was just so much fun. It is simply the sort of thing that I love to talk and write about, so I consider it experience toward becoming some kind of travel agent. Or at least, a Cornwall travel agent. Or perhaps just a St Ives..travel..agent.
The truth is, when you have created a sort of groove, meaning a pattern of travel behavior, meaning how you do what you do when you go to someplace you love over and over again, you keep wanting to talk about it. In run-on sentences. With very few commas. I really do think it might in the end become a disease. And if it is, the SconeLady says, then we'd best avoid the antidote at all cost!
So my sister, her kindly husband, and their adventurous son will be airborne for about 10 hours; during which time, in between eating and sleeping and watching movies, I hope she will be able to decipher my mad texts and make some kind of sense out of it. Jabbing at a cell phone at high speed sometimes creates more confusion than clarity.
They will have their days in London, with its cloud cover, its markets, its museums, and its afternoon teas. And then they will make their way toward Paddington Station, where the SconeLady, somewhat disheveled and jet-lagged, will stand searching the crowd for their delightful faces.
For Cornwall awaits.
See you along the way!
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