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Hospital food is truly terrible. Or, at least, food in this hospital is truly terrible. I have choked down about a quarter of what they give me, on average. Today's lunch was "sweet 'n sour" chicken, which tasted almost but not quite completely unlike sweet n'sour chicken. It was served on spaghetti. With a gem squash on the side. Honestly, it would be endearing, how hard they try for interesting food, if the results weren't so perfectly balanced between bland, stodge, glutinous and weird. Also, never order the fish. *shudder*

The hospital food thing seems unusually cruel in that I have been, over the last couple of weeks, subjected to a bewildering array of dreadful airline food and excellent Australian food in rapid succession. Gawsh, but the Aussies take their food seriously. Our delegation was wont to wander out fairly randomly and pick the first restaurant we saw, which netted us, in order, superlative Chinese, excellent Greek, superlative Spanish tapas, excellent Moroccan and superlative Indian. Even the arb hotel breakfasts had a create-your-own pancake option. On the other hand, Qantas does some cruel and unusual things to innocent beef, which is served in small, gelatinous cubes. I have culinary whiplash.

The hospital food is really not an issue, anyway, as I have approximately the appetite of a small bird at the moment. Other than that, clearly perceptibly cheered by the arrival of my mother in Cape Town, I am feeling much better - chest pains minimal, leg pain down to "ouch" rather than "aargh" levels when I try to stand. If I can refrain from throwing out any new, exciting symptoms when the nice doctor examines me tomorrow morning, I may be able to go home. The current definition of "home" is "that exciting mirage on the horizon which they keep showing you, then withdrawing, before poking you lots with sharp things." I fear it's official, and my knees actually hate me.

You seem to be getting the Australia trip inside-out, on the instalment plan. The tapas restaurant in Melbourne was in this fascinating little alley given entirely over to graffiti. It was one of the approximately 386 times this trip when I wished I was stv, to do it justice.

Date: Friday, 15 July 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schedule5.livejournal.com
Good luck for mirage achievement!

Date: Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] extemporanea.livejournal.com
hooray, mirage is actually solid! kitties only shimmer a bit when I'm tired or they're galloping through the house.

Date: Friday, 15 July 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinkthulhu.livejournal.com
Great graffiti! Reminds me of some of the stuff I saw in Spain; apt for a tapas restaurant.

"Thynne" is also the surname of the Marquess of Bath, who's mad as a bag of bees.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Thynn,_7th_Marquess_of_Bath

Did you fly on the A380 btw?

Date: Sunday, 17 July 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] extemporanea.livejournal.com
Ah, the Goon Show, still relevant after all these years...

I have absolutely no idea what I flew in, but it seemed to have slightly more knee-space than the SAA version.

There are now a few more graffiti pics on my Flickr, btw, if you wish to peruse.

Date: Sunday, 17 July 2011 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] origamitiger.livejournal.com
yes, the graf is a tourist draw.

food, how i miss the food

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