Thursday, February 19, 2009

Westfield, London's newest mall

Matt is enjoying a week off work, as he'll be starting a new job on Monday. It's actually an old job, or one he's had before, but I think he's looking forward to it. At any rate, today we had a weekday family outing to Westfield, London's newest shopping centre. It was very exciting from the moment we entered the parking area - each space has a red or green light above it letting you know if it's free or occupied (at first I just thought all the red lights were part of the color scheme, so it was only when we finally got to an area that had some free spaces that the penny dropped).

Inside, things were very nice. I hate shopping, so this was more of an "excursion" for me than a trip to actually buy anything. We wandered around a bit but then settled on spending most of our time at the food court, where we got "Vietnamese street food" at upmarket London shopping mall prices. I also expended an insane amount of energy on dragging a high chair (which looked like a childsize version of something NASA created for a moon flight) about 50 feet; it weighed a ton. Still, it was fun. Blake enjoyed reading a book while ruining the intimate conversation of the two women who looked dismayed when we asked if the table next to them was free.

After lunch we went on to explore the posh part, called "The Boutique" - it had very fancy chandeliers and this interesting display.

1 hour and 57 minutes after entering the parking area, we were paying £3.90 for the privilege (fortunately we didn't stay 3 minutes more or it would have been £5.90!). A pretty good outing, but I'm not sure I'll be rushing back.

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