The day Flat Stanley came to London for a visit

Your probably wondering who the heck is Flat Stanley?  Well for those of you who don’t know Flat Stanley, I’ll give you a little info.  Flat Stanley is a 1964 children’s book written by Jeff Brown.

From Wikipedia:

Stanley Lambchop and his younger brother Arthur are given a big bulletin board by their Dad for displaying pictures and posters. He hangs it on the wall over Stanley’s bed. During the night the board falls from the wall, flattening Stanley in his sleep. He survives and makes the best of his altered state, and soon he is entering locked rooms by sliding under the door, and playing with his younger brother by being used as a kite. One special advantage is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by being mailed in an envelope. Stanley even helps catch some art museum thieves by posing as a painting on the wall. Eventually Arthur reverts Stanley to his proper shape using an air pump used for football.

As far as I’m concerned he’s a kid who loves to travel the world, looking for adventures just like me!

Flat Stanley with the River Thames

Flat Stanley arrived in London last Friday, but I wasn’t home to welcome him.  He ended up spending the weekend at the local FedEx office.  He stopped by on Monday, but again, no one was home.  Back to the FedEx office he went.  I called Tuesday morning and asked if he could wait for me at the office, and that I’ll go pick him up after work.  Turned out that I wasn’t able to pick him and he spent another night at the FedEx office.

I left work early on Wednesday and jumped on the #1 bus to Canada Water and made my way to the borough of Bermondsey, where Flat Stanley was staying.  He was so excited  to see me that he gave me a big hug.  We jumped on the bus and went home.  I went straight to bed, Stanley stayed up and watched tv.  I warned him that we had a early wakeup call on Thursday.

I awoke at 4:30am on Thursday, Stanley didn’t get up till 5:30am.

Flat Stanley made sure that I flossed

As I got ready, Flat Stanley made coffee.  He called dibs on the Chicago Bears mug.  Surprisingly enough, Flat Stanley makes a good cup of coffee.

Stanley and I were so wrapped up in our conversation over coffee that we almost missed our bus. I gather my things, Stanley jumps in my backpack and we run to the bus stop.  We jump on the #171 bus with the craziest bus driver ever.  What is normally a 25 minute ride, ended up being a 19 minute ride because the driver was going really fast.  The bus was rocking from side to side, making us feel as if we were on a boat.

We decided to run home after work instead of taking in the sights.  We arrived home, had dinner, watched some telly and went to bed. On Friday we had lunch plans with some of the gang at work. We went over to the Mark and Spencers or M&S as the locals call it. I brought my lunch, and Stanley had some chips.

After lunch, I showed Stanley around Covent Garden. We stopped at the Covent Garden tube station.

Stanley wanted a photo taken outside the Apple store

Stanley tried to phone his friend Ciara M. back in America, but we didn’t have enough change to place the call.

After work we went for a walk along the River Thames and stopped by London Eye.

Stanley rode a skateboard

We fed some birds

Paid a visit to parliament

After a long day of work and running around, we finally arrive at home safe and sound.

Here are some out takes from Stanley’s day in London:

If your interested in learning more about Flat Stanley be sure to pay a visit here and see all the locations from around the world that Stanley has visited.  You can also visit the Wikki here.


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