Saturday, July 20, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts PLUS More On My UK Adventure - It's All About Time

Royal Observatory, Greenwich
I write time travel stories. Time has always fascinated me, except when I lose sleep because of it. Traveling to London and adjusting to its time zone is MUCH easier than traveling to Hawaii. I don’t think I ever adjusted to Hawaii’s time, even with the help of sun and surf.

We landed in London Monday, July 8 about 5:00 a.m. (local time). We should have landed Sunday at noon, but that’s a story for another time. I had to be at the conference center by 4:00 that afternoon to pick up my race packet for the 5K at 6:00 p.m. It was to be my first international race. The out and back course followed the River Thames. It may not have been the most beautiful course I've run, but for me it was all about history. 

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We napped too long and a mad dash in a taxi didn’t get us there in time. I emailed the race coordinator, and she was able to grab a t-shirt and a bib, but the timing chip was in someone else’s name. That didn’t really matter. I had my Garmin watch and could time myself. I got the t-shirt and that was all I needed. 

I ran with an embryologist from Perth, AU. We had a great chat about the cost of IVF (in vitro fertilization) in our two countries. You can get three cycles in AU for the cost of one in the US. You might think that was a strange conversation to have, but the initial purpose of the trip was for Ken to attend the ESHRE conference.

Back to the topic—time.

The Houses of Parliament’s iconic clock tower, Big Ben, is awe-inspiring. The architectural style is Victorian Gothic. I could have sat on a bench and stared at it for hours. 

Beautiful. 

Ken kept tugging on my arm. “You walk so slow.” I wasn’t walking slowly because I was tired. I was multi-tasking—looking, thinking, taking mental pictures—absorbing history. Big Ben, close enough to touch but guarded so you can’t!

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Standing over the Prime Meridian
Straddling two hemispheres
A discussion of time has to include Greenwich Mean time. The Royal Observatory was our last tourist stop before returning to the states. Walking through the buildings and over the grounds was another trip back in time. 

Greenwich has been a favored location since the Bronze Age. A large 1st-4th century AD Roman villa was discovered in the modern park. If you ever have the chance to visit the Observatory, don’t miss it.

I’ve been home now for thirty-six hours and my body clock isn’t yet synced with the time zone, but I’ll get there.

If you want to read an enjoyable book about time, read Mitch Albom’s TheTime Keeper.

And that’s all I have for today. Time to get back to editing The Last MacKlenna.


Clocks at the British Museum




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Happy writing & running, Kathy

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