For the last few years I have been lucky enough to be able to catch up with a group of Mercy Shippers, most of whom I met in 2009 during Benin field service. Since 2009 I have been to two of their weddings (July 2010 and August 2011) and this year I just happened to be in the right country at the right time and those who could, gathered together for one day in London city.
13 of us met up in M&M world (seems to be becoming a tradition) in Leicester Square and walked around London together, joining the streams of tourists, pouring through the streets and down to the riverbanks where cafes and restaurants line the Thames. We held to another tradition of a game or two of ultimate frisbee in the park (something I’ve never really tried being good at- so I watch!).
|eating a small snack outside Buckingham Palace|
We ate together, all squashed onto one table (Mercy Ships style), had drinks, battled the London crowds, took photos with the Wenlocks (Olympic mascots) and generally had a great time.
Ending all too soon, we had goodbyes to say and parted ways, some heading to the ship and others back to their own homes.
The following day Sarah and I set off on our last adventure together (for this trip). We drove to visit our friend Corrie, an Aussie, living in Kent. It was so lovely seeing her and hearing and seeing her excitement to see us!
We walked to the park and had a picnic and then shared a treat that was known to be Corrie’s (and another friend, Shawna’s) favourite naughty snack- Oreos dipped in Nutella.
The sweet visit was really over too soon, but I had another journey to make, back to London.