After an intense week at the HOP, some friends and I decided to have a “fusion dinner” and visit Durham to see the Lumiere light display. I found okra at an African shop in Sunderland and fried it up with rice flour – which received high praise from Southern Americans and Northern English alike. Sweet potato casserole and biscuits were also a hit, and English pork with pavlova for “pudding” made the perfect compliments. Thankfully, a 30-minute drive to the Durham park-and-ride, followed by a few minutes on the top floor of a double-decker bus, gave us time for our stuffed bellies to settle before navigating the crowds to the light exhibits. We queued, we watched, we laughed, took secret passageways and ran into friends. Then we dubbed it “Silly Saturday” and hoped the pictures would turn out!

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