London Journal – Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Everywhere people talk about the weather. London is part of everywhere!


Last week, they say, they had unseasonably warm temperatures. This week so far - cold and breezy. But it seemed that today was warmer, so we went for our morning exercise walk in short sleeves. By the end, one hour later, I was wishing I had long sleeves, but we survived.

Partly sunny, then rain, then partly sunny again by 5:00 PM.

Sunrise tomorrow will be 5:30 AM.

After office work we spent some free time at Westfield, the huge new mall that I described in a blog some time ago. The architecture is exceptional. Outside, along a row of eateries is a long living wall packed full of plants and flowers, with a terraced waterfall at its base. I have never seen anything like it - which, incidentally, is a statement I find myself making quite often in my travels.

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Due to the overcast sky and drizzling rain, these photos don't do justice to this piece of art, but at least you get some idea of it.

In the evening, we went to a meeting of persons who are preparing for debates this fall between Christians and Muslims on a variety of subjects. I am impressed with the detailed knowledge these people have about these two religions. Carmen, a member of our London team, leads these planning sessions.

Back at our hotel, A. S., who is the night staff person, brought me a platter of Pakistani food that he had prepared for his supper - and he had made an extra helping for me. It was a stew of chicken (on the bone) and vegetables. Very spicy and very good. I am richly blessed with friends from many nations.

Today Julio and Melanie and daughters flew to Guatemala to live. They will work among street boys, as part of a team of workers serving with INNERChange. We are eager to hear from them as to how their trip went.

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