Saturday, August 1, 2015

Perhaps

Dearest Suparna,

Today was our first day in London. Despite having our heavy bags with us, I'd say we're getting pretty pro at this - we figured out our trains without a hitch, got the oyster cards, went around on the tube, and got to ride the double decker bus! What a joy. And one of the funniest things was hearing someone playing the opening song from coupling "perhaps" inside the tube. For someone whose understanding of British TV is limited to Black Mirror, Coupling, Sherlock, and Merlin, I'd say we got pretty lucky!

Speaking of lucky, we had the awesome opportunity to meet your cousin Nayana today! She was such a kind and sweet person and it was lovely to meet her. She is also quite an impressive fashion designer and it was amazing to see some of the work that she's done.

Nayana suggested that we meet at Dishoom. We were also planning to meet Ridhi for dinner tomorrow, who also recommended Dishoom, so we figured it must be quite a popular place. And indeed it is! When we arrived there was a huge queue out into the street, and we were informed that it would be about 1 hour and 40 minutes to wait. Yikes!

But I won't forget how kind the whole wait staff was. They let us inside to use the loo, which was much needed after all of our adventuring, and in a land where toilets don't come free, was quite a courtesy. Then the man who was taking down names kept apologizing, checking in with people, and making jokes to keep the atmosphere light. One of the waitresses was willing to take our bags inside so that we didn't have to carry them. And then people came out with nimbu pani and chai for everyone who was waiting. We've waited for many many restaurants in San Francisco and other places, and never received treatment like this.

On a larger note, it's been interesting to see how similar the UK is to the USA. However, the most striking thing is that people just seem a bit friendlier here. Nayana said it was because of the summer time, but I don't know. It's odd, because the UK doesn't seem to have that reputation, but so far it's all been great.

Can't wait for another day tomorrow.

Tumhaaraa hamesha,
-Daniel


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