On April 13 we were up at 05:00 and in a taxi on the way to Ben Gurion International Airport by 06:30. Our Airbnb host Guy insisted on being there to help us carry our luggage down 30 stairs to the ground floor and he had a taxi waiting for us. Getting out of Israel was much easier than getting in as passport control on exiting is quite cursory, we think they were probably happy to be rid of us. We stopped briefly in Istanbul, going through fairly extensive triple security checks. We both slept about six hours of the ten hour flight landing in Boston just after 18:00 about 20 hours after getting up.
We were up at 05:00 Boston time the next morning to run in the pre-Boston Marathon 5K after which we spent six hours volunteering for the Boston Athletic Association which puts on the marathon. We were on our feet stuffing thousands of goody bags for the marathon runners. That evening we attended a goodby party for Rebecca Yang at the North End home of Audrey & Neil O’Connor.
Sunday morning we had brunch with a few of our retired colleagues at the home of Chris & Linda Degnen, visited with Mary & Sherif Nada to check on Sherif after his recent second knee replacement, and then attended a pre-marathon party at Brian & Johns place in the South End.
Monday was the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon in probably the worst running conditions ever with bitter cold head winds, torrential rain and even hail at times. We were out in the weather supporting all of our running friends. We were especially excited for this years marathon because two of our “perfect strangers”, Kelly Leonard from Newport Beach California and Melissa Conlon and husband Sean from Colorado all ran it and met each other for the first time. We would like to give a big shout out to our friend Debbie who despite the weather ran 13 minutes faster this year than last. We are sure few people accomplished that. Kudos also to our amazing running friend Brian who ran as a bandit to train for his marathon in Prague next month.
That evening we co-hosted a post marathon party at the home of our friends Donna & Tom Quirk in the Seaport.
We experienced no jet lag on moving back to Boston as we had no time to think about it. We were also able to have a lobster dinner at home with Jennifer, Rob & Jackson; dinner and a surprise late birthday party for Sandy with Jason & family and a weekend on the cape to see our good friends Walter, Ruth, Marjy and Lucy.
We got up at 04:00 again on Wednesday the 25th to make our 07:30 flight to London. We landed at Heathrow 30 minutes early and whizzed through passport control and our bags were already on the belt.
Unfortunately we arrived at our new apartment over an hour early and had to wait in the cold raw London weather for our host to let us in. Our new home is in Hammersmith which is a lovely district of west London with a busy shopping street just two short blocks away. Our apartment is on the top two floors of a four story row house with two south facing balconies, a skylight and loads of windows.
Typical London, we have seen the sun only one day since we landed here with temperatures in the 40s/50s and daily showers. Being on Boston time we were up till 4am unpacking and moving in. Slept late day 1 and just explored the neighborhood shopping for basics and nesting. Segueing from our last night Thai food in Tel Aviv we started with Thai food in London, somewhat disappointing. Our first run in London was running to the Thames and watching the rowers on the river as we ran along the banks. “So our running routes have progressed from the Charles River in Boston to the Seine in Paris to the hills and Pacific Ocean of San Francisco to the Hudson River and Central Park in NYC to the promenade boardwalk along the Mediterranean in Tel Aviv” and now the Thames in London. The quote is from Our first day in Tel Aviv blog. Our first Pub meal on the second night at The Curtains Up just two blocks away was great as we had apps and shared a steak & ale pie.