I usually don't mind business travel. I have written about it before. It's good to get out of the office. It's good to see new things and meet new people. I have also said that anyone who thinks there is any glamour in business travel, think again. Yes, I have an all expense paid trip to a place that some people pay a lot to come see, but today, all I can think about is going home. Before today, the longest I business trip I have taken was 4 days. That was about one day too long. This trip is 12. I want to go home.
Don't get me wrong. I like England and Cambridge. In fact, I have been thinking that this is a place that I would not mind living, but not by myself. Not without my boyfriend and my kids.
Today I took the train into to London and I don't think I have ever felt more alone in my whole life.
--------------------------- I got up, had breakfast at the hotel and walked 15 minutes to the train station. I hopped a train to King's Cross Station in London. Once there I got approached my 2 very cuts Asian men. I assumed they were going to ask me for directions. They asked if I knew where Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter movies was. I told them I didn't know and this was my first visit to London too.
Then I went looking and I found this.
Apparently there is such a thing. It is located in an area near Platforms 9 and 10, but it is not in the place shown in the movie. Not that it seemed to matter. When I got there, there was a line of people waiting to take a picture. I waited 10 min to get this shot. When I was done, I was surprised to see the line had grown many times longer than it was.
I thought it was a little gimmicky, but I took the picture because I knew my kids would think it was cool.
Then I went on a mission.
K is a collector of pins from Hard Rock Cafe's. She has lots of them from places either she or I have been. I have gotten her pins before. Most recently from Toronto and now London. So my first mission was to get some pins for her. I also picked up a gift for one of my sons. I don't usually bring back presents from my business trips, but I think this will be an exception since I am gone for so long.
After that, I headed back to the Tube toward Westminster.
The Westminster Tube station comes up right at the base of Big Ben. I walked half way across the bridge over the Thames river and snapped this shot of it and the Parliament Building. Just as it was starting to rain. And not a fine, misty drizzle, but real rain. Just f-ing great. It's not bad enough I was going to be lonely and cold. Now I was wet too.
I found a place to eat lunch. A nice Chinese place that was out of the way. I might have missed it except they had a guy (kind of a creepy guy) asking people if they wanted Chinese food. I was glad I did. All the places to eat were packed. Because this place was out of the way, it was quiet and relaxed. Even the food was pretty good. I hung out there for about an hour. Leisurely, drinking my beer, eating my meal and reading my book (I downloaded several gay romance novels onto my Blackberry Playbook before I left home)
I went back outside after lunch and it was will raining. Fuck this. I'm going back. I was not having fun. I was not gong to be having fun. I was lonely and tired of being lonely. Being wet sure as shit was not going to help that. I made my way to the train station and headed back to Cambridge.
Did I waste and opportunity to see London? Maybe. There is always tomorrow. It's not supposed to rain, but I am thinking I will just take some walks around Cambridge and see more of this town.
I talked to T tonight. He worked much later that he usually does on a Saturday. Just hearing his voice was lice soft music. After listening to all the British accents this week, his Vietnamese accent sounded a little thicker than I remember it. It's still was so wonderful to hear his voice.
I am gay man in his 40's who was married for 18 years to a straight woman, who is still my very best friend. We have 4 children together. She is now remarried and we still want to be supportive of each other and make a stable family for our kids.
Cast of Characters
Jim: That's me
K: The wonderful woman I married in 1993. We divorced in November 2011, and she is still my best friend.
T: My ex-boyfriend. We were together from 2008 to 2013. He is still an important person in my life.
AJ: K's new husband. They got married December 2011.
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