5.16.2013

springtime in london

last week i was lucky enough to tag along with my parents
as they traveled to london!
their documentary film, rising from ashes, was making it's
london debut.

we stayed at a little hotel just outside regent's park.
so we spent our first day wandering through the park and looking at all the flowers.
they are really something!
 there are plenty of ponds,
complete with weeping willows dangling their long flowy branches.
 here's a babbling brook.
and a bridge.
and my boots.
 these tiny little flowers made the most beautiful bouquet,
 and these let their petals fall and twirl around in the blustery breeze!
 these reminded me of christmas lights,
 and these looked just almost edible!
 at the north end of the park is the london zoo!
i love a zoo, and we had some time to kill, so we checked it out.
i'm not one to take zoo photos
(zoo-tographs)
because they usually come out bad and silly and useless.
however, this exhibit really made my day:
 they are leaf cutter ants!
they chop up little bits of the plants and carry them all the way home.
some of them carry pieces that look way too heavy.
the exhibit had their little home encased in a box and the plant encased in a box,
then they were linked together by a big system of exposed ropes!
of course, stupid little british children plucked a few of the ants off...
but i thought it was so cool.
 i watched one tenacious ant carrying a huge piece of a leaf.
just as he was crossing the highest point of the rope bridge-
he dropped it.
i watched the little leaf flutter to the ground,
and seriously contemplated trying to get it back to him.
 after our day at the zoo, we headed back to the hotel to get changed for the premier.
if you have seen the film, you are familiar with this guy:
(hint- he's the one on the poster)
 it was an evening of great celebration and excitement!
and there was an abundance of champagne.
 here's the group of important people:
 and here they are with their tag-alongs:
 at one point i got a great vantage point on the crowd and decided to snap some photos.
i tried to get one with the crowd, plus the balloons, plus the stairs.
it wasn't until i got home that i realized i accidentally photographed
mr. clive owen entering the premier!
 he is a huge fan of adrien and team rwanda.
he flew halfway across the globe to be there that night!
we were so appreciative!
after the film, we got a massive standing ovation!
and there was a q&a afterward.
the night was perfect
and ended with the crew sliding into a late night restaurant for some
post midnight fish and chips!

thanks, london friends, for making the night so special!

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