Onesie funsie

Last weekend, I rallied my mates together for a pub crawl around my suburb of Balmain, but with a twist.

We dressed up in colourful onesies (alright, it was an excuse to again wear the onesies from our Canada ski trip!), visiting nine of the best local drinking establishments.  We drew a fair bit of attention from the Balmain locals, with quite a number of passing cars giving us a friendly beep as they drove past.

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One of the highlights of the onesie crawl was my friend Steve’s reciting of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart speech at the Sir William Wallace hotel, while standing on a bar stool.

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The night ended rather messily at the London Hotel, probably much earlier than a typical Saturday night, at around 9pm.  However, considering that we started the day at midday, then it was a long enough session for this 30-something!!onesiesonesies

Hello from London!

It’s crisp outside and the skies are grey, hinting at rain but the clouds aren’t breaking just yet.  When your body involuntarily shivers occasionally whilst walking down the street, it’s yet another reminder that I’m not in warm, sunny Australia anymore!

I had a fantastic journey over here after I was upgraded to First Class.  The service in the cabin is just top-notch, along with the Dom Perignon and caviar!  The only glitch in the flight was that my inflight entertainment system was on the blink for the Sydney-Bangkok leg, and with the cabin being full there was no other seat available.  For the Bangkok-London leg however, there were only four of us in the cabin so I was able to switch seats.  All credit to the cabin crew who eased my disappointment by letting me choose a complimentary gift from the duty free catalogue.

Ben’s company has arranged temporary accommodation in Notting Hill for him (us!) so yesterday he took me around the local neighbourhood, including the Portobello markets that featured lots of little stalls selling Christmas trees, paella, fresh seafood, winter woollies and more.  There is such a nice village feel here, and lots of cafes and restaurants.  It reminds me a lot of Balmain, but unfortunately the rents here are incredibly prohibitive so I should banish any thoughts of living in Notting Hill!

For my birthday today, I met up with some friends for lunch and drinks, including a few that I hadn’t seen since 2000 (Paul and Graham above).  We leave tomorrow morning for our Christmas holiday trip.

And so the adventures begin!