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What an introduction to London! We've already seen Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall, Oxford and Regent Street courtesy of a bus journey. The highlight for M and J was undoubtedly Hamley's that it seemed even E enjoyed. Being back with the family makes it even more startling just how different London is to Lower Hutt.

In what may be genius planning they only have 3 days before heading to Amsterdam. They are really being submerged in travel and the incredible differences of each country. So far they are keen to explore and handling the excessive tiredness and jet lag amazingly well. The good news is we're now largely settled in a fairly stable timezone so the sleeping will improve.

It is novel for me to leave them today and travel to Amsterdam for work. While travelling is normal, it has been more than a year since a trip has taken me away while remaining so close. It is also different because they will join me in 2 days time. Such a short trip and for them to follow is an exciting end to some days working.