I was contacted by mani few days ago asking me if I wanted to meet up with him and a_akak (Ahmed), he told me he was coming to London from Brighton at about 11 in the morning today Saturday, of course I was happy to meet them and told mani that I would drive to Victoria Station to meet him & Ahmed after I drop the kids at their Arabic Saturday school. Mani had to catch another coach to Birmingham at 2:00pm.
I got a call from mani as I was driving into the station, I told him to wait for me, I parked my car and phoned him to check where he was, he kept saying that he was outside Sainsburys and I said that I was outside Sainsburys too but still we couldn't see each other, then I saw him, very tall MashaAllah dressed smartly and his face beaming with a huge smile :o)
Ahmed phoned him and said that he was outside the main station entrance, we walked over and there was Ahmed waiting looking as smart as usual.
We walked inside the station and found a cafe, Ahmed got us coffee and we sat and chatted for nearly 1 1/2 hours, since we didn't have a long time before mani's coach we decided to go for a quick lunch, it had been few years since I have been to Victoria but mani was an expert and knew where to go.
We went to an Italian restaurant near the coach stop, we kept asking the staff there if they were open as it was completely empty, we had Pizza and the discussion continued, Ahmed and I demolished our Pizzas while mani was doing what he is best at, Talking :o)
We both kept reminding him to eat his untouched Pizza, he eventually had some but was of course looking forward to going back to Birmingham and his mum's cooking.
I have found both Ahmed & mani very friendly and very down to earth very well educated young men, it was my pleasure to meet them both, I really enjoyed the 3 hours I spent with them and we talked about all sort of interesting things, I am looking forward to meeting them again soon InshaAllah.