London was a blast! Our Swedish babes, Annika and Camilla, came to London as well, so we were a “full house” at Joe’s, where we stayed in Dulwich. A Top 10 of London can be found on theQuest blog, but here are my favorite highlights: South West Four! A crazy, muddy, insanely fun electronic music festival. Notting Hill Carnival: one of Europe’s biggest street festivals jam-packed with tons of people, DJ’s, lots of dancing, etc. Seeing Bruce as a very ecstatic guest on a British Sweet 16 episode. Mollie’s 22nd Birthday Dinner at Big Easy in Chelsea It’s always a blast to see friends in the countries that we go to. Our time in London definitely wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t for them! We loved London, and hope to visit again very soon!
After our action-packed and exhausting Norwegian experience, we found ourselves very excited for some “down-time” at Bruce’s house in the English countryside. Since Mollie and Mallory have never seen this part of England, we persuaded Bruce to pick us up from London so we could spend two days at his really cute home in Tenbury Wells. After sleeping in for the first time in five days, we went into the cute little village for tea, and then spent the rest of the day hanging out with Bruce’s mom and helping her prepare a delicious dinner. Mollie found it hilarious that our “knickers” were hanging out on the line for everyone to see. Mallory helped pick tomatoes in the garden, and the boys played cricket and soccer in the yard. It was a great evening with lots of really good food—and the first time we had eaten vegetables in probably eight days! On Friday we went to the cute town of Ludlow where we went through Ludlow Castle and had a tour of the Mason’s factory before heading to Joe’s house in London. It was really nice to relax before our very un-relaxed, long, FUN weekend in London!