Friday, 13 February 2009


I didn't get a chance to thank you all for your wonderful suggestions for my last-minute soirée, or to report on how it went. There are so many thoughts I want to share and I haven't had a moment - not one!

On Tuesday night I stayed up till the early hours preparing the food- because I was spontaneous and had decided to host the thing that day - on Wednesday I rushed some more for the soirée, which ended at 2am and yesterday my wonderful friend Ryan came to visit me from London/Utah. He arrived at 11pm and of course we had to stay up chatting... again till about 2am! Ryan is like a brother to me. It is amazing that our friendship blossomed as it has. I met him in the summer of 2002/3 in London. He had just left Utah to study in Cambridge (MA in History) and I was just leaving London to live in Paris for a year as part of my degree. So we have never lived in the same place at the same time. He visited in me in Paris and I visited him in Cambridge. Then when I returned to Oxford he lived in Prague for a year, and I visited him there. In short, we survive with phonecalls, emails and trips! He is one of the people in the world that I love and respect the most. Ryan was Mormon but is no longer. I love to talk to him about religion and love his intelligent and sensitive approach to almost everything. I love that he still has an amazing relationship with his family. I love that we are so so different (I, conservative, him, less so). How he always found my boyfriends dull and how I found his egotistical, and how we never took offence. I love our frienship, how we can not speak for months and pick up where we left off. How we don't judge each other, how he appreciates my conventionality. I hope that whataver happens in life we will always be a phonecall away.

And there comes the second spontaneous decision of the week: we are not just going to DisneyLand for the day, as we had planned to do, but have decided to stay the night! It took hours to find a hotel with space, and luckily we managed to get the last room at my hotel of choice. We are staying at the Disney Hotel, the Sequoia Lodge (because of the fabulous pool) and are going to go in the early afternoon tomorrow to chill out there! It's going to be SO MUCH fun and I haven't been able to think of anything else all day!

So if you don't hear from me this weekend, it is because I am bonding with my younger self, being silly, and no doubt wearing Mickey ears! Bring it on! :o)

Happy V-day everyone!


Selba said...

What a wonderful friendship you have with Ryan :)

emlizalmo said...

WOOHOO! Have fun! Glad you got to have such a great visit with such a great friend. Friends like that are treasures. :)