Today, we fed the birdies at Hyde park, which was an unforgettable experience, one we wish to do again.
We left around 3pm and walked over to Portobello market. There was a long line of food stalls, with food from all different cultures and countries. The girls of the family got some afghan food, which was delicious. My dad ordered an Arepa, and then we got some ice-cream with our new British pence and pounds.
We started figuring out how money works here. The little coins were beautiful. There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 pence coins and 1 and 2 pound coins that all look different. The only bills we’ve seen are the 5, 10, and 20 British pound. All the different shapes, sizes, and even colors look cool and are a big change from ours. We walked up Portobello Rd, looking at the little shop stalls and stores to reference later. Mama and Sarah stopped and bought souvenir pillows. They were cute with London designs on them. We walked along stopping at interesting stalls thinking about what to buy.
We made our way to the bus stop where we were going to catch a number 52 to Victoria, passing big, pretty houses and looking at all the interesting people. When we got to the stop, the bus was almost there. It arrived, and we walked onto our first double-decker bus in London.
The ride on the bus was amazing. We rode on top, looking down at the city of London. The ride was perfect. There were pretty, little shops lining the road with flowers and cute door signs. The sun shone over Kensington Gardens and the long Kensington High st. The 52-bus stopped at the Gardens and we hopped off. We took off our shoes and my sisters and I raced our dad around the park. He won of course, even though he started after us, but I came in a few seconds behind.
Next, we walked to the beautiful Albert Memorial, which at that time of day was shining brilliantly. Hannah told me a very dramatic story about a character from one of her favorite books, the Mark of the Dragonfly. I couldn’t keep from gasping. As she told me, my mom fond a large kit of pigeons and small prattle parrots coming for food that a man was feeding them. He gave us some seeds and told us to stretch out our hands and keep our palms open.
Almost instantly, two parrots flew to Hannah and me. Sarah joined us, and we all fed them. They took all the food out of our hands, leaving a few shells. Later, the man and his children left and the birds flew after them, leaving us with a few feisty pigeons. We followed the birds, and found an elderly lady with peanuts and apple chunks for the birds. She gave us some, and I fed a baby parrot, plus five other birdies.
The birds loved Hannah and kept flying over to her. She fed them, and later talked about how they perched on her hand and she could feel their soft bellies. My parents also fed the birds, and really enjoyed the experience. We walked on seeing a variety of other birds. We finished the walk through Hyde Park and Kensington Garden and then hopped on the Tube. We really enjoyed our second full day in London, and are looking forward to the adventures to come.