We went down to Camden Market, which Mary thought was like Diagon Alley. She loved it, we looked at all sorts of cool things and she found gifts for a bunch of people.
We walked back along the canal and into Regent's Park, stopping to get a Flake. As we were wandering around by the water, Mary stopped and was looking at swans when an old dude came up and asked her if she knew a lot about swans. He ended up telling us all about the park - the different birds and plants. He was sort of like Dennis. His name is Dr. Teng Dolgoruky, who worked as a doctor with terminally ill children and now has retired and only does some writing, but mostly works as a painter. He painted a number of restaurants in the area and was out drawing today as well. He speaks 16 different languages and can say thank you in some 200, because he has a prominent role in the UN and has traveled the world many times. He would name drop Kissinger, Carter, and Hugo Chavez in his stories.
Everyone that he saw he would stop and ask them where they were from and speak to them a little in their native language. It was fascinating, just an incredibly nice and knowledgable man, we spent hours with him. As we were leaving he told us about how he was the last man out of Hungary in 1956 when the Russian tanks rolled in because he was on assignment from MI5, helping to remove important Hungarians and as a doctor fluent in many languages he was needed from the government. He basically has a Dr. Schmidt story.
He gave me his card when he left and told me to call him and we'd get dinner (he's a vegetarian too). I'm going to.
After that we went down to the Charles Dickens Cafe and Mary worked while I wrote up my column and read Sherlock Holmes. I had a good cappucino.
When it closed at midnight we walked back into Leicester Square area and went into the Fiori Cafe that was open until 5. I had an awesome black forrest cake and a white coffee. It was really cool, I just read Sherlock and Mary got a lot done. The Brits don't seem to really do the studying in cafes thing, but no one bothered us at all, so it was really cool.
We got back around 3. It was a pretty great day.