|The girls at the 10k Olympics swim event|
|Franny checking out the book selection at Harrods|
|Franny making the tough cupcake decision|
|Girls at Hampton Court|
The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of fitting in the many things that we wanted to do, seeing the people that we wanted to say goodbye to, and getting ready for the journey back to Seattle. We managed to attend a few more Olympic events, including the cycling time trials at Hampton Court (photo directly above), the 10k Men's Outdoor Swim, and Steven went to see the shooting with Rob. We also went in to town and enjoyed the party atmosphere of thousands of spectators watching events on the big screens set up around the city, and watched the Closing Ceremony on our living room sofa.
Last Saturday night, we met Kevin and wandered along Southbank, sneaking in to the Globe Theater and hanging out at the new tanks exhibition halls at the Tate Modern. We watched some of the Olympics on the big screen, until the diving competition started and Steven got bored, then went for coffees and dessert and crossed the Tower Bridge to see the Olympic Rings up close one more time.
In the last week, I had beers with my Abel & Cole buddies and said goodbye to those sweethearts; and the girls spent lots of time with their London friends, promising to keep in touch. We also had one more Indian lunch with Alan and Isabel, thanking them for all of their support over the year, and had big hugs for our wonderful Tooting neighbours, whom we shall miss when back in Ballard.
Greta and I fit in one more trip to Somerset House, which was hosting an awesome Rolling Stones exhibit and an Impressionist drawing show in the Courtauld Gallery. And I took the girls to Harrods for cupcakes and a special souvenir gift, after spending the day at Hyde Park watching the swimming competition in the Serpentine (Lake). It was sad feeling like we were doing these things for the last time, but we all feel like we'll be back in London one day- and there is so much to look forward to in Seattle.
We flew back through Iceland again and arrived home safely, happy to be back in our comfy house. So, our amazing year in London has come to an end, and blogspot has informed us that we are out of memory space for adding more photos (we could have added loads more of the Cotswolds, as it was so picturesque there), so it looks like we finished up just in time. We'll be back at work and school soon, and will fall back in to many of our old routines, but this year has changed all four of us and we shall never forget the adventure. Thanks for following us on our journey.