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Old friends, new friends and Legoland…….

imageI just love it when you haven’t seen a friend for 15 years and when you reconnect it’s like no time has passed. imageWhat’s even better is when your kids meet and become instant BFFs. It’s a wonderful feeling.
I met Penny O’Hara on my first day of university when I was a exchange student in Illinois. It was so weird to see her in a grown up sensible house in a seaside town in Southern England. The times we had shared previously hardly come close to being in anyway described as ‘grown up’ or ‘sensible’! Including things like driving to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and sleeping in the car in a car park for five days, having to reverse a car 50 metres back to an intersection in busy traffic because we didn’t trust the brakes on the steep San Francisco streets, hitchhiking from Melbourne to Perth and many parties across three continents.
She was an integral part of making my year on exchange so amazing.
I find it incredible that 15 years can change so much in life circumstances, though keep a friendship strong despite sporadic contact.

Between our families we have many Lego lovers and Penny had been saving 1\2 price tickets from the back of cereal boxes, so it seemed natural to first meet at Legoland! We planned to meet at the entrance to Legoland before the doors opened, but due to our horribly inefficient rental car pickup coupled with London traffic, we were almost 2 hours late. We don’t have English SIM cards and let our Greek phones lapse so we couldn’t even receive let alone make calls unless in a wifi zone. It was such a good reminder of how we used to communicate before mobile phones. Penny had to come to the entrance on the hour, very hour and eventually left a written note at guest services to meet her at the end of the Pirate show. As always, in the end, it worked out fine! It would have been so easy to walk around Legoland and not see each other, however it was incredible to bump into Nicky, Alex and Isabelle from Agios Nikolaos, Crete with Nicky’s parents. (We had a lovely catchup planned with them two days later at Nicky’s family home).
imagePenny and Searj (Ian) were such beautifully calm parents and we were particularly impressed with Searj’s ability to construct a water park with a small slide, a tarp, a hose and some suds. Hours of fun.
image imageTheir house was so much fun and so easy to stay in. There were so many activities and toys. The girls slept in Tess’s room, the boys in Sam’s room, and Sandy and I had the guest room with such a comfortable bed- and their bathroom… oh my golly their bathroom. Such a pleasure and change to our Greek shower where the whole bathroom gets wet and the shower curtain clings to your legs. I wish I had taken a photo of it for Home Beautiful magazine.
A fabulous weekend chilling out at their home and wander to the local beach and castle.
By Baba MiliKing

 

 

 

LegoLand

To start off today we woke up at 6:30am, went to the Clapham Junction train station and got a train to go to Waterloo where the car hire place was. We got there at 8am and left at 9:45am when we were supposed to Leave by 9am. Now what were we doing all that time you may ask – well one thing is while we were waiting they brought the wrong car to the place (They first brought a five seater instead of seven seater!) They were pretty slow.
So we were so late to meet our friends at LegoLand – we got there at 11:30am and the line was so long that we didn’t get in until 12 and then we went to met our friends that we were supposed to met at 9:45 instead we met at 12:30pm at the Pirate show. (Our friends are called Penny, Tess and Sam )

imageOur first ride at LegoLand was a ride called ‘Traffic’. It’s a ride where you drive a Lego car around and you got to stop at red lights and stuff like that. You even get a licence. imageNext ride we went on was one were you got to go on this round thing that holds 9 people in a rushing river, we did that twice and got pretty wet. We tried to go on a submarine trip but it was too long a line to wait in, so we went to have lunch, but we ended up going to a cool ride where you’re on this thing that is kind of like a small jet ski but don’t actually go on the water your above about 50cm from the water and these things under the water spray water sometimes so you get really wet! Next we hung out at a pirate playground until we decided to go on a cool roller coaster. At first you go slowly through some rooms with things that tried scare you but then when we got out in open air it went really fast, we went on this ride twice. Then we decided to go on something else which was like a train that went round in circles while going up and down. Towards the end of the day when the lines were short we finally went on the submarine ride which was awesome. There were different sharks and fish that we could see. Our friend Sam told us that once one of the sharks broke the glass!
At the end we found an ice cream shop and also the Lego store. Yasi brought a hat and a pair of thongs and the others brought Lego. It was so nice to finally arrive at our friends’ house to stay for two nights. We played football and pool table. And met there dad who everyone calls Sarje because his name is Ian Sargent. (Though he’s NOT a policeman)
See you later alligators.
By Tobes

LegoLand

At LegoLand we had to wait in a big queue. When we got in we
found a note from our friends Penny, Tess and Sam. We met our
friends at the pirate show and then we went on the Lego cars.
I did not crash once – it was so fun. We went on a water roller coaster,
A normal roller coaster, and lots of other fun rides.

Tess, Sam, Zoi, and I made a water slide. It was raining so Sam
And I put a tarp over the top of us to protect us from the rain.
Kiki

 

imageWhen we were in England we visited my baba’s friend Penny and her family – on the second day we created a water slide with Tess and Sam and their dad Sarje in the backyard. In the evening we on the trampoline and we did tricks which we videoed and Tess has video star which is an app that helps you reverse your videos. Like if you do a front slip and it reverses it into a back flip. We also did another one when we were on swings and jumped off them – we reversed it and it looks really cool. Here is the video:


It was really fun at Tess’ house
By Yasi

imageSam was cool cause he likes to be in the pool. He had a blow up pool.
imageI also loved the water slide we built.
I loved going to Legoland together – we were always running ahead of everyone else. imageWe went on some Lego cars and got our driving license. I almost went passed a red light but I stopped.
I liked playing Lego with Sam like building a police station.
We also played football together in the backyard.
His place was really fun.
By Moochie

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Toby’s Day at Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2/7/2014

imageI’m really excited cause right now I’m in a queue waiting for tickets to get into Wimbledon. We are number 2686 & 2687 (I’m waiting with my baba) in the queue so we’ll definitely get in.
imageWe woke up at 5:30am to get three buses to get to Wimbledon from Clapham. We got to Wimbledon queue about 7am. We bought a picnic blanket, a newspaper and a bar of chocolate just for 5 pounds! Now we’ve been waiting for over an hour and our queue has moved a bit. The ticket offices open after 9am. imageWe are in a massive field (I think it’s part of a golf club when Wimbledon isn’t on) there are massive lines of people who are mostly sitting on picnic blankets and waiting. Some people even sleep overnight to get to the line early. We just want to get day passes so we didn’t want to sleep overnight. There are places to eat where baba bought me a bacon roll and a hot chocolate. People are all fairly polite.
I’m looking forward to watching a new Australian champion called Nick Kyrgios. We won’t be able to get into court number one (that would’ve cost £85 and we would’ve had to sleep over to get the few tickets left) but we can watch him on the big screen. On the outside courts we will hopefully watch Sam Stosur in the doubles on the outside courts. Casey Dallaqua is also plying in doubles today but not till tonight.
Yesterday’s match between Nadal and Kyrgios was amazing. Kyrgios just played so well and it was fascinating watching the world number 1 being beaten by someone who is ranked 144. I’ll write more later to tell you about my day………

I’ve never really thought that I could get to Wimbledon until it was my birthday and I GIT a voucher from mummy and baba where we were given experiences like coming to Wimbledon, because we couldn’t carry extra presents. I also got to go scuba diving and to a water park with my friends. It’s kind of better to have fun experiences rather than presents. Experiences can be life long memories but presents can break down and don’t always last long.

When we got into Wimbledon it was 11:00am, which meant that we had waited in line for four hours, but we finally got in. When we got in Baba got me an enormous triple chocolate cookie. The games didn’t start until 12, so we decided to look at what games were going to be best. After that we felt hungry so I got a meat pie and baba got a veggie pie. image imageFor the first game we watched a women’s doubles match – (I found double matches were much more fun to watch than singles, except for singles with big names). The doubles match was the best women’s doubles match I’ve ever seen. It was Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng vs Timea Babos & Kristina Mladenovic on court 3. Babos & Mladenovic won 2 sets to 1 but it was such a close games with lots of deuces.

Next we tired to watch Murray vs Dimitrov, but it was too crowed on the hill – we couldn’t sit anywhere and we couldn’t sit on the stairs because the police kept the people on the stairs moving! So we went back to watch some men’s doubles and kept an eye on the scores for other matches, guess what Dimitrov won straight sets against Murray. imageNot many people were happy with Murray’s loss, Will and Kate were certainly not happy with Murray’s loss, though I think Dimitrov’s girlfriend Maria Sharapova was happy. We didn’t forget to go to the shop. I got a soft ball and baba got some chocolate.

P.S 5/7/2014
The sad thing was that Dimitrov lost against Djokovic in the semi’s last night (baba and my uncle Geogie calls him ‘our Bulgarian cousin’ because he’s from Bulgaria and so are we – or we have Bulgarian family anyway – but his NOT our cousin. Dimitrov and Sharapova come to Chich’s cafe in Wimbledon everyday.
See ya later guys
Tobes