Different Country. Different Rules.
Two solid days after Christmas is over and the Chinese Restaurant down the street is not yet open. What gives? Chinese Restaurants are always supposed to be open, even on Christmas and New Years. Damn! Things really are different over here. As such, a note to self. Should you decide to stay in London next Christmas, be sure to stock up on food. Things come to a stand still (even the trains/buses don’t run on Christmas day) and many restaurants and many local shops are just closed the week between Christmas and New Year.
So different are the rules over here that two of the largest high street retailers Mark & Spencer and John Lewis didn’t open their stores yesterday, the day after Christmas for shopping. They waited until today. How foolish. Considering that most retailers get into the black during this critical holiday shopping period, and that people usually have more money to spend and gifts to exchange after Christmas, you’d think they’d take every shopping day they can get. Oh well! My money went elsewhere yesterday as I fought the crowds on London’s premier 2-mile shopping strip, Oxford Street.
So what did I purchase? Well more clothes for my fat wardrobe from Selfridges, Debenhams, and Dorothy Perkins. I know! I know! It would be easier and cheaper to loose the weight I’ve gained since I moved over here. But right now, I’m just a little distracted trying to sort out another important area of my life. Plus all the holiday food really hasn’t helped. Hopefully in the New Year I’ll be able to get back to my former self. I really hate having two wardrobes and I really hate being fat. As such, this might actually mean signing up for a gym. It’s almost a year since I’ve done any real exercising.