The morning after our Lebanese dinner I went for a morning run in Regent’s Park. I haven’t been able to run outside in months so I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the fact that I was running outside in lovely warm weather in Regent’s Park in London made it exponentially more awesome. I was also excited because at the end of run, a tall skinny mocha latte from Starbucks awaited me.
I’ve never been a Starbucks junkie but since I live in a Starbucks-free country, I like to indulge in their espresso drinks while traveling. I also enjoyed marching directly into Starbucks after my run, makeup-less and sweaty, to order my drink. I’m pretty sure I’d get funny looks if I did that in Estonia.
That afternoon I shopped on Oxford Street, enjoyed the beautiful weather, and attended a reception in honor of Estonia’s Independence Day (this was on February 24). I was hungry when I got to the reception but the only food was these teeny-tiny passed appetizers, of which I had about five. I also had close to three glasses of wine, so after the reception I may have done some tipsy shopping :-). I also realized that I needed a proper meal before doing some work stuff that evening, so I headed to a place I had good memories of from my trip to London with J — Wagamama. It was the first time I’d ever eaten dinner alone in a restaurant, but Wagamama has a casual atmosphere that facilitates solo dining. I had the yaki udon– I love those thick, chewy udon noodles!
This was a fairly early dinner– 4:30 or so– but it was the last thing I ate all day. It honestly did fill me up (maybe even too much), and for the rest of the evening I was too busy with work stuff (I was helping to share information about Estonia at an event that was going on) to even notice if I was hungry. By the time I got to bed my feet were aching from standing and walking all day, and this was only my first full day in London!