Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kids' Stuff

We woke up this morning around 8:30 (Bethany, then Z., then me, in that order) and hung around the house for a little while. Z. had Weetabix and peanut butter, her American variant on a British classic, and I had some fruit. Then we hit the train again, transfered, and went up to Halifax, where Bethany had never been and the site of the National Children's Museum.

Bethany tells me the British government has a habit of building museums in cities and towns with no other draws, as a means of encouraging travel to less traveled locales. In the case of Halifax, it's just past some of England's rougher towns, home to various South Asian immigrants and cite of some nasty race riots a few years back. The museum, on the other hand, was just Z.'s speed, and despite a little whining (proof that she's finally acclimating?) she had a blast. Bethany bought her a juice box for the trip back to Leeds, where we went to a nice arcade (basically, a quality mall on very old streets) and sat down for a lunch of Yo Sushi, which delivers your food via conveyor belt. Z. had teriyaki and ate enough to warrant a tasty dessert of (Japanese?) pancakes with custard.

Then it was time to head home via double decker bus, which Z. cleverly deemed a "bunk bus." It's quite sunny and warm, so we may go for another local walk after tea to take advantage of nice weather. Hopefully it's this nice tomorrow, since we're traveling to York for the day, which should prove another wonderful side trip.


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