Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Sherlock Holmes

Last summer after I ran away from home, I traveled around the UK for six weeks.  On my last night there, before heading to South Korea, I finally visited 221b Baker Street, one of my lifetime ambitions.  It was late and I had spent the day running around London trying to get the last of things on my checklist.  I remembered passing the pub on the coach trip into town so I grabbed my handy bus timetable and soon found myself in front of the one of the most famous addresses in literary history, if not the world!. 

Imagine my surprise when a strange man offered to take my picture in front of the building and then offered to buy me a pint at the Sherlock Holmes Pub next door.

He claimed to be the night caretaker at a local mental institution (I swear this is true) and wanted to work on his technique for picking up women.  I figured it was a public space with lots of witnesses and I wasn't foolish enough to follow him anywhere and I helped him introduce himself to a bevy of young ladies at the bar (My god - where do I find these people?)  Anyway he was charming, paid for the beer and showed me where to catch the fastest bus back to the hostel where I was staying.  And that is my silly Sherlock Holmes London adventure!

Happy birthday Mr. Holmes - we are in good company!


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What are you up to these days?

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Hi Bybee - I'm living in Yeongyang and teaching English at an elementary school - I've traveled a long way since last year's read-a-thon

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