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Dirty Dancing (in London!)

I played tourist today in London. It was just great. Me and my Oyster card out on the surface of London. I stayed with the buses all day – great scenery and efficiency!

After walking down Whitehall from the Charing Cross Hotel and being first in line this morning at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, I headed to Knightsbridge for Harrods and Harvey Nichols for some gift shopping, lunch and then headed back to my hotel for a brief rest and to try to figure out my afternoon game plan.

While checking out the London TKTS site, I decided to see if any tickets were available for Dirty Dancing – but none were. Looking on Ticketmaster, I was able to secure a 3 PM matinée box seat for Dirty Dancing. I bought the ticket from my Mac at 1:40 and was in my box seat at the theatre just up the Strand from my hotel less than an hour later.

I’ve always enjoyed Dirty Dancing the movie and especially the great music – but the stage performance turned out to be one great tingling experience. This show brings you right up to the edge with the goosebumps – and then brings you out of your seat in the finale. Wow! (Also, I’d say the audience at today’s matinée was something like a 5:1 female/male ratio!)

After the play, I caught the RV1 bus just around the block from the theatre in Covent Garden over to the Tate Modern – for another “big wow”! The sheer scale of the Tate is unlike any other I’ve ever experienced.

PS: At SFO while I waiting for my flight to London, I downloaded the latest Rick Steves’ London guidebook to my Kindle. Today’s serendipity wouldn’t have happened without Rick’s guidance!

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