Tampa to London to Kathmandu
So where to start?
The Tampa airport, couple of hours waiting to go as evening
There would be a total eclipse of the moon visible to my lover
Susan as she drove home. I managed to catch a glimpse of it
but the only place from which it could be seen was behind
a service desk, and they wouldn't let me stand there and watch.
The sunset was the red rubber ball variety, which reminded
me of some other airport sunsets. And the following day, I
had déjà vu walking in the Modern Tate Gallery
with Rob, seeing that sun again in an exhibit where weather
Flew from Tampa to London,
arriving the morning of November 9.
Rob met me at Gatwick Airport and it was great to see him
again. I had met Rob and Kay on the Inca Trail a couple of
years before. At that time, they were in their seventh month
of an around the world journey. A month or two afterward,
they were touring Canada and the US in a rented camper van,
and they stopped by for a visit. One evening over Thai food
and Italian wine, I asked them, whereas they had been nearly
everywhere I had ever wanted to go, to which destination would
they like to return. One place they agreed on was Nepal. And
two summers later, Rob called from England to say he was going
in the autumn, and would I like to come along with he and
his adult son Andy. Fortunately, everything worked out and
I was able to say yes.
Rob and Kay were moving to
Scotland December 1 but at that time still lived in a house
in London, and it turned out to be a few blocks from the Thames
and an easy walk to the major tourist sites, and good walking
weather. In the morning I walked with Rob, and the coolest
thing was this art installation at the Modern Tate Gallery,
where it creates clouds, weather while you watch. Then in
the afternoon his wife Kay and I rode some busses and walked
some more, and we happened by the Tate on our way back and
some art students had us pose for photos they were taking.
We became a part of the London art scene.
The next day and we were off
on Gulf Air, flying from Heathrow, changing planes with a
brief layover in the Abu Dhabi airport, landing in Kathmandu
on November 11.
travelogue is part of the subside