Ice skating with Sam has been on the agenda for 4 winters now. I’ve been ice skating in London, but not with Sam. In fact, Sam claimed that he hadn’t skated in at least 15 years. (I call “Lie!” on this unless he had some instinctual, uncanny ability to skate.) There are a few outdoor rinks around London but I think the South Kensington location with the Natural History Museum as a gorgeous backdrop is the most picturesque of the options.
That beauty is the Natural History Museum pretty much directly behind South Kensington Station.
I was very excited, but also scared.
Fairy light photo. Just because I love them.
Since neither of us are skating experts and I can barely manage to stay upright in any circumstance, we used our early arrival to take advantage of the bar upstairs. Hot Chocolate Orange is my new favourite drink. That’s hot chocolate with a generous splash of Cointreau. And I knew the lovely girl who worked behind the bar from school so she gave us a discount, double win!
Sam looking enthused, but calm. And also looking very sexy in our highly fashionable, rented skates.
As predicted, I barely managed to stay on my own two feet without the help of either Sam or the wall. However, my Ice Skating 2013 claim to fame is that I did not fall. Not even once! Towards the end I was feeling cautiously confident in my ability not to fall on my face. However, Sam took to the ice like a pro. Occasionally, I would push him off on a few solo laps so he didn’t feel hindered by my granny self.
Sam whizzing by.
That’s another item ticked off my Winter Bucket List!