Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Small black cabs and Large Red double-decker buses

It is still very cold and miserable here. Spring has not arrived yet as I hear it has done there. We are looking forward to the day that we see the sun for more than one hour a day. We are in the process of remodeling and moving the church library. We are moving it down one floor and completely redoing it. We have thrown at least one more dumpster of old, old, old things away and now we are starting to rebuild and reorder. We are still working on getting paintings hung up in the building. We have just ordered 19 more paintings so I will be busy getting those all rearranged and hung. I now have the nickname of Sister Rembrandt here in the mission!!!
I wanted to tell you a little about the transportation system here in London. There are little black cabs, red double decker buses everywhere, the trams, the trains, and the tube. We use a combination of these almost everyday. You can get anywhere with this system. It just takes a little while to get it done. The buses run past our stops about every 10- 15 minutes. We are constantly running to catch the bus or standing freezing to death waiting for one to come. If we want to go into London, we take the tube and the train as they go much faster than the buses or even a car. Our friends, the Perrys from Prescott, Arizona, have a car so sometimes we go into London with them. It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours to get there by car and only about 20 minutes by tube or train. The tram we use occasionally when we want to go shopping at Asda, which is WalMart's name for their strores over here. Well, this will be short this week as we are heading to the church to continue our rehabilitaion work on the library. I am including a picture of the local tube station here in Morden and the Perry's and their car.