8.03.2008

weekend visits and musings on travel

We have a houseguest at Chez L-Sock this weekend, a friend from London who is in town for a wedding. He's not our first visiting-Toronto houseguest, and in a few weeks, another friend will be staying here while seeing the Red Sox and the Toronto FC.

It's so nice to be able to offer a place to stay, and so much easier than it was in New York. Partly that's because we're in a house and have more space. But our apartment in New York was very spacious, so that's not the only reason. One big difference is no longer having an emotionally unstable dog, so people can come and go as they please. When Buster was alive, one of us always had to be home. It becomes a big logistical issue, and more often than not, I didn't offer.

The person who's here this weekend is the spouse of a friend of mine from Haven. Another dear friend from our Brooklyn days - long ago! - also lives in London. Both have extended standing invitations to visit, and now the idea is beginning to taking root.

For a while I've been saying our next trip to Europe will be to Spain. This morning over coffee, J pointed out that it's much less expensive to fly to London than Barcelona, and once in London, travel to the rest of Europe is very easy and inexpensive.

We love London and I certainly wouldn't mind an excuse to visit again, see my old friends, and use their locations as a jumping off point for Spain. (And Paris! Can't be in Europe without setting foot in Paris.) The last time we visited London, in 1998, AW1L and F were living there, and we made similar excursions from their place.

Not sure where this fits in with visiting Stacie and Rupert (and a dozen or so other canines!) in the Yukon, but both should happen in the next few years.

J, our houseguest, is originally from New Zealand, and J&M plan to relocate there in the future. I have a good internet friend in New Zealand as well. I've always wanted to go. I don't know how we'll have the time and money to get there, since I think we would need two stop-overs in both directions. Perhaps having friends there will be an incentive to figure it out.

15 comments:

Ferdzy said...

When we went to Spain 2 years ago, we flew to London first then took the train. We actually went just to the border of France, as our goal was to walk across Spain. It worked well and was quite affordable.

We finally got our pictures put in an album last week (!) and now I am sooo wishing we could go again.

Joe Grav said...

He-he-he, "The Toronto FC." ;)

Good post. My friend Grant just came back from Spain, with a stop in London... he had a blast, and I'm insanely jealous of him.

Very much looking forward to seeing Toronto...

L-girl said...

The Toronto FC." ;)

Hmmm... is that a faux pas? Just plain Toronto FC without the "the"?

L-girl said...

Ferdzy, thanks for the info, I didn't know that's the route you took. Sounds like the way to go.

Joe Grav said...

Yeah, it's just "Toronto FC." It's not a big deal or anything, I just thought I'd use the opportunity to make fun of you :>)

But I won't do it too much, since I still don't want to sleep in the backyard

redsock said...

Like "Talking Heads".

L-girl said...

Like "shut up".

L-girl said...

I used to find it amusing when friends from the UK and NZ would say "Go The Yankees!" in solidarity with me. :)

Kim_in_TO said...

This used to be how you could differentiate between people living downtown and those from the suburbs: downtown residents would say "Eaton Centre", while suburbanites would say "The Eaton Centre".

Joe Grav said...

It's funny you mention that... I don't really get this particular quirk either, but soccer teams are just "Liverpool FC," or "Arsenal FC," with no "the"... but often on news reports or in casual conversation they will be referred to as "the Liverpool," or "the Arsenal."

They also pluralize the team name: i.e. Liverpool are beating Arsenal, 2-0; Chelsea were defeated by Manchester United 4-1, etc.

Sometimes I read reports about baseball from the UK, and they say "Boston are trailing the American League East by 3 games," or "New York have lost their third consecutive game."

I always find that humorous.

L-girl said...

Well then, since I know about football/soccer *only* from Brits and Kiwis, my "the Toronto FC" is not all that strange.

Allan and I sometimes like to use the old time sportswriter locutions and say "The Bostons are beating The Tampas". (Of course we can only dream that sentence now, but hey.)

M@ said...

Ah, for the days of cheap travel... Canada 3000 used to fly from Toronto to Malaga for something less than $500, taxes in.

But anyhow, you know that if you want more glassy-eyed ravings about the south of Spain, we're here for ya, right?

L-girl said...

Ah, for the days of cheap travel...

It's hard right now. I need a lot more travel than I can afford.

But anyhow, you know that if you want more glassy-eyed ravings about the south of Spain, we're here for ya, right?

Sign me up. :)

Mara Clarke said...

We would love to have you visit. Our place is not huge, but our spare room has its own bathroom which is a plus for guests. Plus we would send you Oyster cards (for discounted tube travel) and could even provide a local mobile phone for your use. As for Spain, I can give tips on Madrid and Barcelona, as well as the tip that Fodors has never steered me wrong on inexpensive hotels. We have a great fav hotel in Paris that is 60 euros a night for a double ensuite. Keep me posted!

L-girl said...

Thanks Mara, I will!!